BJERRE BAGS BELLE VUE CONTRACT
Danish international Kenneth Bjerre won’t be going “part-time” this season after landing a spot at Belle Vue.
The Esbjerg-born rider feared he would be left jobless in the UK after Coventry were booted out of the SGB Premiership due to concerns over finances and their future at Brandon. Bjerre also has worries over his Swedish club Indianerna, who have been battling to avoid bankruptcy.
Bjerre last raced for the Aces between 2004 and 2006, helping the club reach the Elite League Grand Final in 2005 after they topped the table, only to miss out on the title against Coventry.
"When I base myself primarily in the UK, it makes sense for me to be racing frequently here. So when I got a phone call from Mark Lemon, I was really happy with the idea of racing for Belle Vue."
- Kenneth Bjerre
On his return to Belle Vue, Bjerre said: “It’s one of those clubs I’ve always felt I would like to go back to if the opportunity ever arose. I raced three seasons with the Aces many years ago.
“I was always very happy to ride for them. This time around, though, things are very different. They not only have a new promotion in charge but they also have a very good-looking new stadium.
“I took a year out of the Elite League in 2016, but I felt ready to come back this season, and I initially signed a deal with Coventry. But then everything fell apart there and I was left with no job.
“The situation with my Swedish team isn’t exactly stable either. From week to week my club either is or isn’t going bankrupt. If they did close down, it could’ve left me with only Denmark and Poland.
“With no club in the UK, potentially racing only half the meetings in Denmark (for Holstebro) and with Poland providing the only full-time team spot (at Tarnow), as a rider, it just wouldn't have been enough for me.
“When I base myself primarily in the UK, it makes sense for me to be racing frequently here. So when I got a phone call from Mark Lemon, I was really happy with the idea of racing for Belle Vue.
“I’m looking forward to a new challenge, and I’m really looking forward to having some laps around the new stadium. This is a positive step forward for me and I’m happy to again be part of this club.”
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