HOLSTED’S DANISH CORE AS PEDERSEN PREPARES FOR SEASON No.20

PAUL BURBIDGE

Danish Speedwayligaen champions Holsted are pledging to stick with a Danish core for 2022 as triple world champion Nicki Pedersen returns for his 20th season in Tigers colours.

The FIM Speedway Grand Prix legend makes it two decades with the club when he lines up with the likes of Rasmus Jensen, Rene Bach and Marius Nielsen, who were part of the 2021 squad that stormed to Super Final success at Vojens. They are joined by newcomers Lasse Bjerre, Jacob Bukhave, Claus Vissing and Nicklas Aagaard.

The Holsted squad isn’t an all-Danish affair as Tigers have also confirmed the signature of French international Steven Goret, who helped his country to its first FIM Speedway of Nations Final last season.

While Pedersen missed some meetings in 2021 when he was suspended for a verbal altercation with a referee during a Danish cup fixture – a punishment that was eventually suspended following an appeal to the Danish Sports Confederation – the club largely stuck with a home-grown line-up.

Team manager Lars Munkedal admits Holsted will not be able to track a completely Danish side in every meeting, but he’s ready to back home riders as much as possible this year.

He told the club’s Facebook page: “Last year we raced all Danish – except when Nicki was prevented from racing – and now we are ready for a new season, where we will again bet on the Danish boys.

“But it’s a sport, where unfortunately injuries are often part of the season, so of course we have to make agreements with a couple of foreign riders too.”

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