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MEET THE TEAMS | DENMARK

SpeedwayOfNations.com shines a light on this year’s Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations finalists. Today, we feature Denmark.

17 / 07 / 2019, 14:00

SpeedwayOfNations.com shines a light on this year’s Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations finalists. Today, we feature Denmark.

It’s five years since one of the sport’s true superpowers last won a world title, when they lifted the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup trophy at Bydgoszcz in 2014.

That may not seem like a long time by many nations’ standards, but Denmark is a country used to success, having claimed the Ove Fundin Trophy four times and the old World Team Cup 11 times. They also won the old World Pairs Championship eight times, giving them more world team titles than any other nation in history.

The current generation of Danes is doing its best to add to that story. Seven-time national champion Niels-Kristian Iversen was part of all four SWC wins and would love to ink the Monster Energy SON on to his glittering CV.

The former world No.3 lost his FIM Speedway Grand Prix spot in 2017 after a year blighted by injury, but earned qualification for SGP 2019 at last year’s GP Challenge. He’s currently seventh in the World Championship and fighting to close the gap on the top six with seven rounds to race.

One man firmly in that top six and among the championship frontrunners is European champion Leon Madsen. He’s level on 47 points with Emil Sayfutdinov and Patryk Dudek at the top of the standings, having reached the first three SGP finals this season.

His victory at the series-opening Boll Warsaw SGP is one he’ll remember forever and immediately justified his inclusion in the field as a permanent wild card after years of top performances in Poland’s PGE Ekstraliga.

With Nicki Pedersen currently not competing in the SGP series, Madsen and Iversen have stepped up to fly the Danish flag, and will be determined to star in Russia this weekend.

They also have plenty in reserve in under-21 star Frederik Jakobsen – a man making rapid progress in the sport this year, with his efforts for Dackarna in the Swedish Elitserien particularly impressive. He played a key role in Poole’s SGB Premiership title win on his British debut last season.

In a stacked field, winning gold will be no easy task this weekend. But this is a Danish side more than capable of landing Hans Nielsen’s first title as national team manager.

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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