MADSEN'S MEDAL AIM
Leon Madsen insists he isn’t joining the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series “just to take part” as he sets his sights on the rostrum in 2019.
14 / 10 / 2018, 10:04
Danish racer Leon Madsen insists he isn’t joining the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series “just to take part” as he sets his sights on the rostrum in 2019.
The 2018 Speedway European Championship winner was handed a wild card for next year's series after a sublime season throughout Europe, which saw him finish second to Bartosz Zmarzlik in the PGE Ekstraliga averages.
Madsen has been one of the world’s most consistent league performers for a number of years and the Czestochowa ace is determined to bring his scoring on to the SGP stage.
It doesn’t matter what competition I am participating in. I always fight for the top. When you are fighting in the top three, anything can happen and it can go either way.
While he has never raced a full season in the World Championship, Madsen isn’t coming into the series with low expectations.
He said: “It doesn’t matter what competition I am participating in. I always fight for the top. When you are fighting in the top three, anything can happen and it can go either way.
“As long as you’re up there, you’re fighting for the medals and that’s when anything can happen and you can win it. I have the ambition to fight for a top-three position and I feel I can do it.”
Madsen is delighted to have been given the chance to take the next step in his career: He said: “I am very happy and very much looking forward to it.
“I have had a fantastic season and I have done well all year. I won the European Championship and now the next step is going into the GP and fighting for the World Championship.
“I have been building it up over the last few years. I got some good results last year and I’m second in the Ekstraliga rankings.
“I am very happy and I appreciate the trust from BSI and the guys at the FIM. I’m sure I will not let them down.
“I feel I have the right amount of experience now to enter the GP. I’m not too young and I’m not getting in after one good season. I feel confident and I am mentally strong. I feel more ready than ever. I feel positive and I am very much looking forward to it. I’m not joining the GP just to take part. I’m sure I’m going to go in there and fight for a top place.”
Madsen feels his SEC heroics silenced those who questioned his ability to handle the pressure in the international arena and the 30-year-old believes he has never been better prepared for SGP life.
He said: “I am at a very good stage of my life. I am good at controlling my nerves and am very mentally strong and fit. I have been working very, very hard over the last four or five years.
“Before then, I thought that I worked really, really hard. But I found out that I didn’t compared to how hard you really have to work at the top level.
“You really have to dedicate your whole life to this if you really want to be at the top level of the sport. I am doing that together with my family, my sponsors and my girlfriend, who stand by my side and push me very hard.
“We are fully dedicated to this, both my girlfriend and I, to do all it takes to bring me to the top.
“For now, we have achieved the first goal to win the European Championship. Now we will see if we can follow that up in the GP.”