Pan­thers ace can bring home the Dan­ish ba­con Ev­ery­one in the top 12 is a threat says King Ken­neth

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FindSports -

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.

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