NIELSEN: DENMARK’S CROATIA TEST

PAUL BURBIDGE

Danish team manager Hans Nielsen hopes his side’s Gorican training camp gives Leon Madsen, Anders Thomsen and Mikkel Michelsen some inside knowledge ahead of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix opener.

World-Championship racing returns to the Speedway Stadion Milenium for the first time in 10 years for the FIM Speedway GP of Croatia – Gorican on April 30.

The venue, which last hosted a Speedway GP in 2012, is no stranger to welcoming speedway’s biggest names. It has staged three GP Challenges over the last decade, as well as Speedway European Championship rounds.

Riders from Europe’s top nations and clubs also hold pre-season training sessions there at this time of year – and it was Denmark’s turn in recent days.

Nielsen was delighted with his side’s spell in the Gorican sunshine and hopes it will play to his riders’ advantage when Speedway GP roars back into Croatia next month.

He told Total Croatia News: “The weather is better than in Denmark at this time of year and we were there for the second time with the Danish national team.

“It is really wonderful in Međimurje; we always feel at home there. The track is top-notch, the conditions are top-notch, and we had fans in the stands.

“We have three Grand Prix riders in the team. We wanted them to get a feel for the track. On April 30, the first race of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship is being ridden on this track and we are looking forward to it.”

Nielsen is backing his Speedway GP stars to shine in 2022. He added: “Again, we have three riders among the 16 best in the world and I expect a lot from them.

“Leon Madsen is an experienced rider. In 2019 he was close to the title. Mikkel Michelsen is a two-time European champion, an extremely fast rider, and Anders Thomsen made his debut in SGP last season and is ready for great things.”

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