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BJERRE UP FOR MONSTER ENERGY SON CALL

Kenneth Bjerre insists he is ready to race for his country in the Monster Energy SON, despite sitting out this year’s national squad.

18 / 02 / 2019, 11:40

Danish international Kenneth Bjerre insists he is ready to race for his country in the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations, despite sitting out this year’s national squad.

The British-based man was seen training with FIM Speedway Grand Prix newcomer Leon Madsen in recent months.

But while the likes of Madsen, Niels-Kristian Iversen and Nicki Pedersen are named in this year’s Danish squad, Bjerre has opted out.

Leon wasn’t in the squad for 2018 and look at his season in the leagues. You don’t have to be in that squad to perform as a top rider and I am probably looking at it a little bit like that.

Kenneth Bjerre

That doesn’t mean he can’t be selected for the Monster Energy SON and Bjerre is ready to fly the Danish flag if called up.

“I am taking a year out of the squad for a few personal reasons,” he said. “But you don’t have to be in the Danish squad to race in the Speedway of Nations.

“I have certain ways I want to do stuff and my main focus is to get back into the GP. I don’t want any hassle around me or any worries about different stuff. I just want to focus, do my league racing and get back to the GP. That’s all that matters to me.”

Bjerre says he’s still on good terms with the Danish team management despite his decision.

“I have nothing against Hans Nielsen, (assistant coach Henrik) Moller or anybody,” he said. “I’m speaking really well to them and have a good relationship. I just feel that this year I want to focus only on myself and the league racing.

“There is no bad feeling or big problems. I will probably decide to go back in it next year. Who knows? Leon wasn’t in the squad for 2018 and look at his season in the leagues. You don’t have to be in that squad to perform as a top rider and I am probably looking at it a little bit like that.”

Bjerre helped the Danes to fourth place in the 2018 Monster Energy SON Finals, despite suffering a heavy crash with German duo Martin Smolinski and Kai Huckenbeck on day one.

Following his fall, he scored eight points in that meeting, but failed to register a point on day two.

“I shouldn’t have raced on the Saturday to be honest,” he said. “Sometimes you think you’re a bit more than human.

“I had four last places and I was in too much pain. I couldn’t concentrate. It made me look a little bit stupid, riding on the Saturday and scoring four last places. That’s not my level. I know my level. To be picked as one of the top two from the Danish nation still makes me a top rider.”

 

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