MADSEN’S DANISH HOMECOMING

PAUL BURBIDGE

Danish racer Leon Madsen admits it was great to come home in 2021 after confirming his return to Brovst club Nordjysk Elite Speedway for this season.

Madsen has rarely raced in his homeland in recent times, but was tempted to sign for Nordjysk Elite Speedway last year.

He’s set to share the club’s A-rider position with Slovenian star Matej Zagar and joins a squad featuring the likes of Thomas Jorgensen, Ulrich Ostergaard, Mathias Thornblom, Jan Kvech, Damian Drozdz, Hubert Legowik, Sam Jensen, Paco Castagna, Matic Ivacic, Joel Andersson and Tobias Thomsen.

Madsen made his return to the Danish Speedwayligaen with an 18-point maximum in the club’s narrow 43-41 loss at home to Fjelsted on June 30, before bagging 17 points in the club’s 44-40 home victory over Esbjerg on August 18.

The Vejle-born racer, who also lines up for Polish side Czestochowa, was delighted to be back in his homeland last term.

He said: “It was an absolutely fantastic event to come home to when I had my first meeting last year. The sun was shining, there was a perfectly groomed speedway track and there were a lot of spectators.

“It was of course nice to come home, but it was also good to meet some of my Danish fans who support me on a daily basis in the Grand Prix series etc.

“In addition, it was of course great to help Nordjysk Elite Speedway to our first victory in the Speedwayligaen over Esbjerg Vikings. I think there will be many more of them and I look forward to that.

“At home against Fjelsted was absolutely fantastic too. It was fantastic to see such a beautiful event and meeting in Danish speedway. It was probably one of the best Danish meetings run in recent times.”

Madsen would love to lead Nordjysk Elite Speedway into this year’s Speedwayligaen title race. He said: “With the support from the club’s fans, sponsors, etc., I have high expectations that Nordjysk Elite Speedway will take a step up and make it to the finals this year.”

Elsewhere, German international Lukas Fienhage is set to make his Danish debut with Grindsted. He said: “Grindsted will be my first Danish club, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming season.

“At the end of 2021 I was in Grindsted to train. It’s a tricky track and a fun circuit that suits me really well. I am very much looking forward to being a part of Grindsted and riding in the Danish Speedwayligaen.”

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