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HUCKENBECK UP FOR SGP TEST

Kai Huckenbeck insisted “I know I can beat these riders” as he prepares for his full FIM Speedway Grand Prix debut in Teterow tonight.

09 / 09 / 2017, 11:28

IPONE German SGP wild card Kai Huckenbeck insisted “I know I can beat these riders” as he prepares for his full FIM Speedway Grand Prix debut in Teterow tonight.

The 24-year-old is making rapid progress in the sport this year, culminating in him inspiring Germany to fourth place in the World Games pairs tournament in Wroclaw on July 29.

I know I can beat these riders, but they’re Grand Prix riders – the world’s best. I just need to have a good day and make some good starts. Sometimes it works!

Kai Huckenbeck

“I scored 12 points and I think that was a big surprise for everyone,” Huckenbeck smiled. “I hope I can do it again tonight. I know I can beat these riders, but they’re Grand Prix riders – the world’s best. I just need to have a good day and make some good starts. Sometimes it works!”

Huckenbeck won’t put any pressure on himself in arguably the biggest meeting of his career to date.

He said: “I am pretty excited. I got the wild card and I am really happy about the decision. But I’m just here to enjoy it. I don’t put pressure on myself. I just try my best and I want to have fun.”

While many of the SGP stars have only visited Teterow once, Huckenbeck hopes his knowledge of the Bergring Arena circuit will give him an advantage tonight. But he knows the world’s top riders will soon get to grips with the track.

He said: “I have been racing here for many years. But all of them are pretty good. I don’t think my experience here is a big advantage for me. I hope I can score some good points tonight and you’ll see a good meeting.”

The King’s Lynn and Brokstedt man joins Martin Smolinski in flying the home flag tonight – the first time two Germans have started an SGP event since the 1998 German SGP in Pocking.

“Speedway in Germany is rising at the moment,” Huckenbeck said. “We do our best and I hope we can beat some of the guys and make the crowd happy.”

 

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