IVERSEN'S TEMPORARY TEST
Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen is determined to regain his magic touch on temporary tracks, starting at tonight’s LOTTO Warsaw SGP.
13 / 05 / 2017, 12:49
Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen is determined to regain his magic touch on temporary tracks, starting at tonight’s LOTTO Warsaw SGP of Poland.
The former world No.3 has wins in Stockholm, Cardiff and Copenhagen to his name and has proved he can master the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series’ tight and technical indoor stadiums.
But he reached just one semi-final in five appearances on the temporary circuits last season, finishing fifth overall in Melbourne. Iversen is determined to improve on that record this term.
I have different equipment this year and I feel a little bit more comfortable and confident in my bikes at this stage.
He said: “I must admit that last year I broke my good record on these tracks – I literally shattered it! I had my worst meetings on them. I scored only four points in Warsaw and three in Cardiff.
“That was a big knock, but we have a new year and it’s a new meeting today. I have different equipment this year and I feel a little bit more comfortable and confident in my bikes at this stage.
“Last year we had a lot of things going on and it was hard, especially for the first two thirds of the series. It was only at the end that I really got going. Hopefully I’m standing on a different footing this time.”
While Iversen is content with his form, the Gorzow, Esbjerg and Piraterna star admits not racing in Britain’s SGB Premiership hasn’t helped his SGP preparations.
He said: “It’s still early days and it’s a different situation for me. Without racing in Britain, I don’t feel I have done so many meetings yet and I wanted to ride a little bit more at the beginning.
“All the leagues have started now and there is a little bit more rhythm because I have meetings on a more regular basis. That’s definitely a plus for me. I like to ride and don’t like having a long time in between meetings.
“Things have started well and I’m scoring pretty well in Poland. Sweden was mediocre on Tuesday, but it’s still early there. It’s alright so far, but there is a lot to do and a big job ahead for me.”
Iversen expects an open battle for the top prizes in this year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix series. But he’s confident he can be in the running as he bids to build on eighth place in 2016.
He said: “It’s always difficult to look into what’s going to happen, and it’s a tough series this year. It’s going to be really open and it is open at the moment.
“But I am taking one meeting at a time and trying to do my best. I’m sure I’ll be at the good end of the standings if I hit my best form and sort things out properly on the track. If I ride to my best, I’m sure things will work out pretty well.”
Iversen took his first laps of this year’s LOTTO Warsaw SGP track in Friday’s practice session and gave it his seal of approval.
He said: “I think the track looks nice and smooth and in good condition, so I think everything is set for a good meeting really.
“Of course practice is practice and the meeting is a different thing. I’m trying not to put too much thought into practice.
“We tested a few things and tried to learn a little bit about the track. Hopefully everything will be a little bit easier today.”