Bjerre won’t feel the ex­tra pres­sure

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

SPEEDWAY: Ken­neth Bjerre in­sists he will have no prob­lem shoul­der­ing the ex­pec­ta­tion of an en­tire nation in the Dan­ish Grand Prix tonight.

No home rider has tasted suc­cess in Copen­hagen since thenPan­thers skip­per Hans Andersen roared to glory as a wild­card win­ner back in 2006.

World Cham­pi­onship leader Bjerre is the like­li­est rider to end the Dan­ish drought af­ter shin­ing on the sport’s biggest stage so far in 2010.

The 26 year-old’s Swedish Grand Prix suc­cess last month is sand­wiched by two very cred­itable semi-fi­nal ex­its – a record which means he will take to the track in the Parken Sta­dium two points clear of clos­est chal­lenger Jarek Ham­pel of Poland.

But the level-headed Hunt­ing­don res­i­dent is con­fi­dent he will not be swept away by the in­tense spot­light or the eu­pho­ria cre­ated by a near-ca­pac­ity 28,000 crowd.

Bjerre said: “I won’t be do­ing any­thing dif­fer­ently be­cause it is my home GP. It will be the same prepa­ra­tion, the same rou­tine and hope­fully the same sort of good re­sult I’ve been hav­ing this year.

“The noise and the great sup­port is like hav­ing an­other 10 per cent in your locker and hope­fully I can use that to my ad­van­tage.”

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