Panthers ace can bring home the Danish bacon Everyone in the top 12 is a threat says King Kenneth
KENNETH Bjerre is due another appearance in a GP final.
The combination of past experience and current form suggest the Panthers talisman will be a major contender for home Danish Grand Prix glory in Copenhagen tonight (Sky Sports 4, 6pm).
World Championship leader Bjerre has reached the semi-final stage in all three of his previous Parken appearances (two of which were as a wildcard) and is now determined to take the next step.
Throw into the equation his record of semi-final followed by final and another semi-final showing this season and it is hard not to fancy him to have a great night in the Danish capital.
“Parken is a track I like and my past results there prove I’m pretty good on it,” said Bjerre, who is the undisputed fastest man in history around the spectacular East of England Showground.
“After reaching the semis three times there I’m ready for a final and I believe I am riding well enough and have the equipment to make it happen.
“Also this year I have reached a semi-final, then a final and then another semi, so now it should hopefully be time for another final.”
Even the ruthlessly ambitious Bjerre can’t resist breaking into a smile when pondering how victory tonight would feel.
Despite possessing an ice-cold exterior and refusing to shift his focus from the prospect of being crowned world champion in just over five months time, Bjerre does concede it would be special to find himself standing on the top step of the podium later today.
He added: “GP victories do not equal world titles. It is the rider that scores the most points and performs consistently well over all 11 meetings that will finish number one.
“Of course it would be great to get another GP victory and I’m sure it would feel that extra bit special to be on top of the podium in Denmark, but the best feeling of all would to be there after the final GP of the season as world champion.
“That is all I am concentrating on doing. Any more wins along the way would be a nice bonus, but it is all about getting as many points as possible from every single race.
“If I manage to do that then I should be able to keep hold of my position at the top.” KENNETH Bjerre believes it is impossible to identify a biggest threat to his position at the head of World Championship affairs.
The competition has been particularly fierce in the opening three rounds of the 2010 series with virtually all riders capable of beating each other. Only British duo Tai Woffinden and Chris Harris, and the Swede Freddie Lindgren, have really struggled to make their mark so far - a big surprise in the case of the latter.
It has made for some gripping action which is set to continue in Copenhagen tonight when Bjerre has to be aware of a multitude of threats.
Bjerre said: “A lot of people are saying it is the most exciting World Championship for a long time and the standings would back that up.
“Almost any rider can win any race and everyone is dropping points, so there isn’t just one big danger.
“I am only a couple of points clear and the top six are only split by 12 points, so if a couple of guys have a bad meeting, things can change really quickly.
“My job is to make sure that doesn’t happen to me but I think everyone in the top 12 is a threat.”
IN POLE POSITION: Kenneth Bjerre (above and inset) is two points clear at the top of the World Championship standings.
BREATHING DOWN HIS NECK: Tomasz Gollob is just three points behind Bjerre after winning the last Grand Prix in Prague.