MICHELSEN: I KNOW WHAT I AM CAPABLE OF

PAUL BURBIDGE

Danish racer Mikkel Michelsen insisted “I know what I am capable of” as he bids to build on his third place in Croatia when he lines up in Warsaw this Saturday.

Michelsen goes into the FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Warsaw in the form of his life, having reached his first-ever SGP final in Donji Kraljevec on April 30, joining winner Bartosz Zmarzlik and runner-up Maciej Janowski on the podium.

The Rybnik-based ace has also made a flying start to the season with Polish club Lublin and Danish side Slangerup.

Michelsen’s heroics have led to him being labelled a dark horse in the Speedway GP world title and medal race for 2022.

Asked about those predictions, the 27-year-old said: “If you don’t have confidence in yourself and you don’t believe you can do it, there’s no point in being here.

“Obviously the realistic goal for this season is the top six. Everyone wants to finish in the top six. But we want to be world champion as well. That’s why we are here. Everyone wants to win and that’s my mindset as well.

“I come into every round to win the round and I go out on the track to win every race. I am going to do everything I can and we will see where we end up at the end of the series.

“I am going to put in the work that’s necessary and my boys are going to do that too. As long as we can continue doing that, they give 100 percent in the pits and I give 100 percent on the track, we stand where we do and we will see where it takes us.

“Like I said before the season, I know what I am capable of and I know what I can do when my head is in the right place and the team around me is in the right place too. We set up the bike properly and then it’s only me that decides where we need to be going.

“I feel like me and the team worked really well together in Croatia. We got the setup pretty spot on. Maybe towards the end of the meeting we were struggling a little bit, but everyone was because it was so slick. At the end of the day, I have to be pretty happy with third place.”

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