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10/07/2024

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Danish star Anders Thomsen is determined to end his country’s 10-year wait for a world team title as they launch their FIM Speedway of Nations campaign in Manchester tonight.

Thomsen lines up alongside skipper Mikkel Michelsen and No.3 Rasmus Jensen in Semi-Final 2, which sees them take on Australia, Czech Republic, Latvia, USA, Slovenia and Norway.

The top three teams join hosts Great Britain and Semi-Final 1 qualifiers Sweden, Poland and Germany in Saturday’s FIM SON Final at the National Speedway Stadium.

It’s 10 years since the Danes were crowned FIM Speedway world champions, when Niels-Kristian Iversen made his iconic last-bend move on Poland’s Janusz Kolodziej to snatch 2014 FIM Speedway World Cup gold in Bydgoszcz.

Thomsen would love to end a decade-long drought for the Danes in Manchester. He said: “It has been a while. We have won many in the past and it would be really awesome after 10 years to have another gold medal and show that Denmark is still in the game.

“As we look at the line-up, the top four nations are really close to each other. I think we are one of them. It’s going to be a tough one. I cannot predict who is going to win. But we are coming to Belle Vue for the win. It’s going to be a tough one, though, because anyone can win it. When you look at the line-up, anything is possible.”

Thomsen has never raced at the National Speedway Stadium and last competed full time in the UK for Glasgow in 2013 and 2014 and Peterborough in 2015 and 2016. He can’t wait to be back in action on these shores.

“For sure I enjoyed my time there,” he said. “It was a really, really good time. I learned a lot and I learned to stand on my own feet and start my own small company. For me, it was the best thing to jump over there. I hope I see many old faces in Manchester.

“I have never been there before, but I am looking forward to it. When I look at the track on YouTube, it looks similar to a Polish track, but with a little more dirt on the outside. It suits me perfectly.”