IN-FORM MJJ TARGETS SGP RETURN
Danish star Michael Jepsen Jensen is determined to push his case for a full-time SGP comeback after being named as Danish SGP wild card.
17 / 06 / 2018, 12:43
Danish star Michael Jepsen Jensen is determined to push his case for a full-time FIM Speedway Grand Prix comeback after being named as Danish SGP wild card for Horsens on June 30.
The former World Under-21 champion is in fantastic form. He inspired Denmark to fourth in the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations and has been piling up points for Swedish champions Smederna and Polish club Zielona Gora.
Things didn’t go to plan in the SGP qualifiers after he finished sixth in his semi-final at Zarnovica last month.
I feel good. It’s such a bummer I missed out on getting through the GP qualifier. All I can do is perform my best in every single thing I’m doing and cross my fingers for a wild card.
Michael Jepsen Jensen
But the SGP Commission will also pick four wild cards to join the SGP 2019 line-up.
With those opportunities up for grabs, MJJ is determined to impress. He said: “I feel good. It’s such a bummer I missed out on getting through the GP qualifier. All I can do is perform my best in every single thing I’m doing and cross my fingers for a wild card.
“I wanted to do it and get back in myself. But if it’s to be for next year, I need some help. It’s up me to show I can score the points on the track.”
Jepsen Jensen was gutted he couldn’t take Denmark on to the Monster Energy SON podium at the Finals in Wroclaw last weekend.
But with team mates Kenneth Bjerre and Frederik Jakobsen failing to score on day two, the Danes fell a point short of pipping third-placed Poland into the final knock-out race.
He said: “We just needed that little bit of luck to be in the semi. We missed it by one point, so it was a tough night.
“I did everything I could and produced the best racing possible. But I didn’t get any points from my team mates because they were struggling. That was tough and makes it so hard.
“We worked really hard together and we did everything we could. We just lost to better teams and that’s how it is.
“Kenneth was struggling a bit with the bikes. He didn’t have any speed no matter what he did. He was jumping a little bit from bike to bike and what worked for him on Friday, he couldn’t do anything with on Saturday. It was a tough day, but that’s the game.”
MJJ still left the Olympic Stadium with his head held high as Denmark bounced back from their shock Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup exit in Event 2 at Vastervik in 2017.
He said: “I think we should be positive. We have been working hard to get some spirit back and move up our level back to where we have been for many years – both through the winter and through the season.
“To end up fourth overall is not too bad. But with the performance we put in on Friday and I put in on Saturday, we wanted that bit more.”