THOMSEN’S FINAL CHARGE

PAUL BURBIDGE

Danish champion Anders Thomsen was elated to see his search for speed culminate in an FIM Speedway GP of Croatia – Donji Kraljevec final charge last Saturday.

Thomsen raced to fourth place in his second Speedway GP final, with winner Bartosz Zmarzlik, runner-up Maciej Janowski and third-placed Mikkel Michelsen pipping him to the podium.

But the result marked a fantastic turnaround for Thomsen, who had struggled to hit top form in his opening matches of the season for Polish side Gorzow.

He took his red-hot form into the Danish league, with the Sønderjylland Elite Speedway star racing to 15 paid 16 points for the Vojens club as they won 45-39 away to Nordjysk Elite Speedway in Brovst last night.

Thomsen was delighted to follow up his debut Speedway GP final in Togliatti in August last year, and especially after hitting the tapes in his opening ride in Donji Kraljevec to leave him a race behind the competition.

After a fine fightback from that early mishap in Croatia, he said: “I am pretty happy to have got into my second final. I can say I have been struggling a lot at the start of the season. I didn’t really have any speed. So over the week leading up to Croatia, I worked hard to find something that worked out well on the bike.

“Hitting the tapes in the first heat really wasn’t the best start to the Grand Prix. We had the practice and the track was similar, so I had a basic setup, but it was tough to miss the first heat. I was one heat behind everyone else with the setup.

“But I made it out of the heats with eight points and got to the final. That was the goal and I am really, really happy. My team worked well and my new tuner too.”

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