Kenneth Bjerre fears being left with a “part-time job” after UK club Coventry collapsed, while Swedish side Indianerna fights for survival.
10 / 03 / 2017, 10:43
Danish star Kenneth Bjerre fears being left with a “part-time job” after British club Coventry collapsed, while his Swedish side Indianerna fights for survival.
The Esbjerg-born racer still has spots with Polish First Division team Tarnow, as well as a job share with Danish club Holstebro, where he will split their meetings with Leon Madsen.
But Bjerre is now out of work in the UK after Coventry were booted out of the Premiership by the BSPA due to concerns over their finances and doubts over the prospect of them returning to their Brandon home.
I could just end up riding in Poland and doing 50 percent of the meetings in Denmark, plus the GP qualifiers. It’s sort of a part-time job for me when I’m used to racing more.
Meanwhile, Indianerna have been given permission by the courts to restructure their debts and hope to start the season. But if the Kumla club fails, Bjerre fears his diary could be pretty empty.
He said: “I could just end up riding in Poland and doing 50 percent of the meetings in Denmark, plus the GP qualifiers.
“It’s sort of a part-time job for me when I’m used to racing more. I don’t think it will affect me on the track, but financially it would for sure.
“I’ve been in this game for a long time, so I know tomorrow could be totally different. I’m not going to panic.
“But what’s happening probably means I’ll have to sack one of my mechanics. I don’t really want it to come to that, so hopefully it will all work out fine in the end.”
Bjerre had the option to race for Poole in the Premiership and accepts signing for the Bees in a bid to minimise his travelling was a mistake.
He said: “To be honest, I was 50/50 between going to Coventry or Poole. I chose Coventry because it was closest to me and my family. That’s the only reason I joined them. If not, I would have been at Poole.
“Now I can look back and say I should have gone to Poole, but that’s the chance you take and you have to make a decision one way or the other. I picked the wrong one.
“Hans Andersen tried to get me to Poole; Danny King tried to get me to Coventry. Danny told me (Bees promoter) Mick (Horton) had never been late on payments and I have always wanted to ride for Poole. I have never fitted in team-wise.
“This year I would have fitted in with my average and I really wanted it, but I would be coming in from Sweden every Wednesday. I have two kids now and I’m getting older. I still have to enjoy it 100 percent to perform.
“It’s different when you’re young and single. You don’t care if you sit in the van all day. I felt the travelling to Poole was worse than Coventry and that’s why I picked them. But if everything had been normal and there had been no problem with the stadium, we wouldn’t be in this situation.
“I lost this one, but hopefully next time I’ll make the right choice.”