Menu
Card image cap

ANDERSEN QUESTIONS DANISH DESIRE

Hans Andersen questioned motivation levels in the Danish camp as they bid to bounce back from last summer’s early Monster Energy SWC exit.

24 / 02 / 2018, 10:00

Former SGP star Hans Andersen questioned the motivation levels in the Danish national camp as they bid to bounce back from last summer’s early Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup exit.

The Danes were sensationally dumped out of the tournament after skipper Niels-Kristian Iversen lost a run-off for third place with Latvian hero Andzejs Lebedevs at Event 2 in Vastervik last year.

This followed their elimination at the 2016 Race Off in Manchester, meaning team manager and national speedway icon Hans Nielsen is yet to reach a Final since taking over the side two years ago.

The SWC is a lot of things, not just the riders. The team spirit needs to be good and other things need to work well for that to progress into winning.

Hans Andersen

He will have a chance to change that in this summer’s Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nation – a pairs championship featuring 15 sides, with the top three from two Race Offs joining hosts Poland at the two-day Final in Wroclaw on June 8 and 9.

While Andersen wasn’t part of the team in Vastervik, he isn’t convinced the atmosphere in the camp was right for SWC week.

He said: “The last two years haven’t been very good for Danish speedway. The World Cup last summer didn’t do us any favours and I don’t think it was down to the riders in particular.

“The SWC is a lot of things, not just the riders. The team spirit needs to be good and other things need to work well for that to progress into winning.

“The managers we have are probably good at what they do, but sometimes you need someone who can motivate riders as well. Looking at the SWC last year, they didn’t look very motivated.

“In other sports, they have coaches for certain things. Maybe we should have someone who goes to the meetings and tries to motivate the riders, rather than just filling in a programme.”

Of the current management team, he added: “Things are done differently than they were in the past. I’d rather not comment too much on the way they do it.

“They obviously do it to the best of their ability. But maybe the right ones aren’t doing it at the moment. Who knows? The only thing we know for sure is the results aren’t there.”

With just two places on offer for senior stars, Nielsen faces a huge selection headache to pick two Danes for the Monster Energy SON, which gets underway at Teterow on June 2.

Andersen knows making the side will be tough. He said: “If they need me and think I’m suitable for the team, I’ll ride. But we shall see.

“The new format is tough because there are so many riders. It’s even harder for them to pick a team now.”

 

Card image cap

VACULIK: THE WORST KIND OF BREAK

Martin Vaculik admits he always knew it would be a long road to recovery after 13 hours of operations and “the worst type of ankle break."

Card image cap

BETARD SCANDINAVIAN SGP | ON BOARD WITH PETER LJUNG

Watch on the bike with #GoPro as wild card Peter Ljung stormed to victory in heat 19 at the Betard Scandinavian FIM Speedway Grand Prix.

Card image cap

SGP THROWBACK | WOFFY PIPS PEDERSEN IN KRSKO

We rewind to the moment Tai Woffinden beat Nicki Pedersen to the finish line in the last moments of semi-final 2 at the 2015 Slovenian SGP.

Card image cap

VIDEO | SGP RIDER MINDSET ... WITH BARTOSZ ZMARZLIK

Polish racer Bartosz Zmarzlik reveals what goes through the mind of a Cardiff winner and his goals for the rest of #SGP2018 ...

Card image cap

LINDGREN'S MEDAL GOAL

Swedish star Freddie Lindgren insisted “my goal is a medal” after closing the gap on World Championship leader Tai Woffinden in Malilla.

Card image cap

DUDEK SEALS TOP-TWO FINISH FOR DACKARNA

Patryk Dudek powered to a 15-point maximum for Dackarna as they guaranteed an Elitserien semi-final spot with a 48-42 win at Lejonen.

Card image cap

RIP TOMASZ JEDRZEJAK

Speedway is in mourning after former Polish champion Tomasz Jedrzejak was found dead at his home earlier today.

Card image cap

HUCKENBECK HANDED TETEROW CALL

Kai Huckenbeck returns as German FIM Speedway Grand Prix wild card.