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IVERSEN'S BREAK FROM BRITAIN

Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen hopes less will be more in 2019 as he cuts the SGB Premiership from his calendar.

13 / 03 / 2019, 10:00

Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen hopes less will be more in 2019 as he cuts the SGB Premiership from his calendar.

The Esbjerg-born racer will still be one of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series’ busiest stars – competing for his hometown team in the Danish Speedway League, plus Torun in Poland and Swedish side Piraterna.

Iversen spent last year racing for King’s Lynn in the UK, helping the club reach the SGB Premiership Grand Final, before they lost out to Poole.

It’s always easier to do four leagues when you’re 25, but in your mid-30s, it is more difficult. You need a little bit more rest in between meetings to keep yourself at a high level and keep on top of your game.

Niels-Kristian Iversen

But after a year battling the after-effects of the broken shoulder which ended his 2017 season and forced him to have further surgery last May, Iversen was keen not to overdo it in 2019.

He said: “I had a tough year at King’s Lynn last year. The team was doing well. It was really great to be a part of the team. We had a good season. We just managed to lose the title at the end, which was a bit of a disappointment.

“I had a busy year and did a lot of racing. I wasn’t at full fitness for most of the year and it was difficult. I could see many times, especially at the British tracks when it was a bit more technical, I didn’t do what I wanted to do because of my fitness.

“It’s always easier to do four leagues when you’re 25, but in your mid-30s, it is more difficult. You need a little bit more rest in between meetings to keep yourself at a high level and keep on top of your game.

“I just want a little bit more space in the schedule sometimes, especially this year. I felt last season that the programme was a little too squeezed and I could have used a bit more time in between the meetings. That’s what I am going to get with how it looks now without Britain.”

Iversen is on a handy 7.38 average, meaning he wouldn’t be short of offers if he did decide to seek some extra dates in the UK. It’s something the rider won’t completely rule out.

“If I feel like I need it, I will always make the effort to come back again,” he said. “We’ll have to wait and see, but I’m quite pleased with how the schedule looks. It looks like it’s going to be fairly busy but not too busy, so that’s good.

“If I want to come back, I’ll see if I can get in somewhere. The door is always open – that’s how I look at it.”

NKI says he leaves King’s Lynn on good terms and is always open to the idea of a comeback at the club where he launched his British career in 2001.

He said: “There are no hard feelings over anything. They know if they need me or they are struggling, they can always give me a call and we’ll see what we can do. I said that to them.

“King’s Lynn knew the situation this winter – I said ‘don’t build a team around me because it’s going to be a busy year.’ If I feel like I need it at some point, then I am always open to coming back. It’s not the end of it. We will see what happens.

“So far, I have a lot of commitments in Sweden, Denmark and Poland. That’s where my focus is right now. And King’s Lynn had a good idea how they wanted to build the team as well, so I was okay with that.”

 

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