HUCKENBECK: BLODORN'S BELLE VUE KNOWLEDGE COULD BE KEY FOR GERMANY

07/07/2024

HUCKENBECK: BLODORN'S BELLE VUE KNOWLEDGE COULD BE KEY FOR GERMANYHUCKENBECK: BLODORN'S BELLE VUE KNOWLEDGE COULD BE KEY FOR GERMANY

German racer Kai Huckenbeck hopes teammate Norick Blodorn’s local knowledge gives them the edge as they seek a return to the FIM Speedway of Nations Final in Manchester this week.

The Speedway GP star joins forces with Blodorn and No.3 rider Erik Riss in Semi-Final 1 on Tuesday, which sees the Germans take on Poland, Sweden, Finland, France, Italy and Ukraine for three places in the FIM SON Final on Saturday.

Blodorn has raced for Manchester club Belle Vue since 2022, helping the Aces left their first league title since 1993 in his debut season.

One of the sport’s top young talents, the charismatic Blodorn knows his way around the National Speedway Stadium.

And after reaching three Speedway GP semi-finals in the opening six rounds this year, Huckenbeck hopes to take full advantage of his young colleague’s local knowledge.

He said: “Hopefully Norick can tell me what setup I need to use in Manchester because it has been a while since I was there. 

“But I am looking forward to it. It’s going to be a great event and the goal is to reach the Final.

“I have seen Norick’s scores in Manchester and he is doing quite well in the UK. I am pretty positive that we can make the Final.”

Germany exited the 2023 Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup at the Semi-Final stage, but with just three riders needed for the FIM SON instead of five in the SWC format, Huckenbeck hopes the change of competition will play into his team’s hands.

He added: “It’s a bit easier for us in the Speedway of Nations when we only need two or three riders. We have always struggled in the Speedway World Cup in the past because we only had two or three scoring points. Everyone needs to score points to get us through and hopefully Manchester will be a good one.” 

Huckenbeck heads into the FIM SON, buoyed by a semi-final appearance at the ISS FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Gorzow on June 29. After three rounds without reaching the last eight, it was a timely boost for Germany’s skipper.

“I was very happy to be back in the semis,” he said. “It would have been great to make it to the final. I missed a little bit of speed in the semi, and I think we made a little bit of a mistake with the setup. But it was a big step in the right direction after the last few GPs were not really good.

“We changed a few things on the bike, and I did some mental training. I hope I can keep this up now and hopefully I can make it to the final in the next one.”