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NO DEAL FOR BJERRE AND PANTHERS

Belle Vue racer Kenneth Bjerre admits returning to Peterborough was always an option for 2019, but says he couldn’t agree financial terms.

01 / 02 / 2019, 10:11

Belle Vue racer Kenneth Bjerre admits returning to Peterborough was always an option for 2019, but says he couldn’t agree financial terms.

The Dane is delighted to be back at the National Speedway Stadium after a year away, having missed out on a place in the 2018 Aces side due to rules limiting clubs to one rider with an 8.00 average.

Bjerre is a Peterborough asset and, with the Panthers making the move up from the SGB Championship to the Premiership for this year, he was open to offers to return to the East of England Showground.

When Buster told me I am not a heat leader anymore in the UK, it was a case of ‘alright, fair enough then. There’s not much business we can do together.’

Kenneth Bjerre

While Bjerre says he held talks with new Panthers owner Keith Chapman, he admits rider and club were some way apart when it came to financial terms.

He said: “Peterborough is always a special place for me. I go up there and have a look at other meetings. I wanted to come back there and we did speak. But there was just no way me and Buster could agree on a deal.

“I was even willing to take a small pay cut to come back to Peterborough, but there was not a chance we could agree. No chance. But I’m at Belle Vue and I am happy with that.

“I know that a club has a budget and they all have to work to that budget. There just wasn’t a chance I could have done it. If it was the only offer I had, I wouldn’t have ridden in Britain.

“When Buster told me I am not a heat leader anymore in the UK, it was a case of ‘alright, fair enough then. There’s not much business we can do together.’ I lost a bit of respect there for Buster, but that’s how it goes at times.

“That’s fine if that’s Buster’s opinion. It’s just a shame because I would have liked to have been back at Peterborough with the fans they have there. I always got a good feeling there.

“But this will be my fifth year in total at Belle Vue and it’s not a second option for me. Belle Vue and Peterborough are both first options I could have picked from and I am happy to be with the Aces.”

Bjerre looks forward to being back in Manchester, despite facing a lengthier journey from his Huntingdon base.

He said: “Last time I was there in 2017, I enjoyed it. The management are good people to work with and they have some great fans up there. It’s good fun, the track is good and everything is nice to turn up to. I have a bit of a drive up there every week, but you don’t mind that.”

 

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