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IVERSEN'S WILD AMBITION

Niels-Kristian Iversen hopes his status as Danish No.1 gives him the edge in the battle for an FIM Speedway Grand Prix wild card.

23 / 10 / 2017, 10:03

Former world No.3 Niels-Kristian Iversen hopes his status as Danish No.1 gives him the edge in the battle for an FIM Speedway Grand Prix wild card.

Iversen has withdrawn from the season-closing QBE Insurance Australian SGP in Melbourne on Saturday as he recovers from a broken shoulder which has sidelined him since August.

It’s no secret I didn’t have the best of times in the Grand Prix in the first half of the season. But if you look at my league results, I am still in the top 10 against the best riders in the world.

Niels-Kristian Iversen

He’s mathematically out of the race for a top-eight finish and must rely on receiving a wild card from SGP Commission to keep his place in the World Championship for 2018.

But Iversen faces stiff competition from the likes of Nicki Pedersen, whose season has also been heavily disrupted by injury, and Peter Kildemand – the sole Dane to reach an SGP final this year.

Having won his sixth straight national title and finished ninth in the Polish Ekstraliga averages, Iversen hopes his form will stand him in good stead when the picks are made.

He said: “To look at the wild cards, you need to look at the bigger picture – who has been the best all season? Who has been the most consistent league-wise and in the World Championship? I hope they look at that.

“It’s no secret I didn’t have the best of times in the Grand Prix in the first half of the season. But if you look at my league results, I am still in the top 10 against the best riders in the world.

“I managed to do pretty well for Gorzow and I did alright in the Swedish league for Piraterna too. I still won the Danish Championship and did alright in the Danish league. I would say the majority of my racing has been good.”

 

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