PEDERSEN SET FOR TREATMENT AFTER PETERBOROUGH CRASH

29/03/2023

PEDERSEN SET FOR TREATMENT AFTER PETERBOROUGH CRASHPEDERSEN SET FOR TREATMENT AFTER PETERBOROUGH CRASH

Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen’s British club Peterborough has confirmed the Dane will undergo treatment this week after his Panthers return was halted by a crash on Monday.

Pedersen tumbled with Ipswich’s German star Erik Riss when the pair lifted coming out of bend two in heat one of Witches’ 48-42 win over the Panthers at the East of England Showground.

The new Danish team manager withdrew from the meeting as a precaution, but media reports in Poland suggest Pedersen will return to action for the International Individual Ekstraliga Championship (IMME) in Torun on Saturday.

Updating fans on his injuries, Panthers confirmed that Pedersen is “suffering with soreness in his back and also has two swollen fingers.”

The club statement added: “Everyone at Peterborough wishes Nicki all the best for a speedy recovery, and we hope to see him back with the team soon.”

The crash was a far-from-ideal return to the UK for Pedersen, who last raced in the country with Peterborough during the 2011 season. It comes just months after he suffered a badly broken hip and pelvis in a crash at Polish track Grudziadz on June 5, which ended his 2022 season.

The 45-year-old, who turns 46 on Sunday, has shown incredible defiance to fight his way back to fitness as he prepares for a hectic season, which sees him lead his country into the FIM Speedway World Cup in Wroclaw as team manager for the first time in July.

As well as racing for the Panthers, he will also compete for Danish team Holsted and PGE Ekstraliga side Grudziadz.

Pedersen’s next appearance for Peterborough is due to be their home match with newly promoted Leicester on April 10.