BJERRE MISSES DANISH FINAL
it into the final.
“I have to be pleased with 55 points from four GPs but I still think I need to do a little bit better. I have to make sure I reach the final when I am in a good position because that’s where the double points are on offer.
“But I am only five points behind Hampel and I can easily get that back. It is not important to be number one now – it is being there at the end of the year that matters.”
Bjerre made a brilliant getaway in his opening ride in heat two. He hit the front by the first bend and never looked back despite coming under some strong pressure from Magnus Zetterstrom.
He followed up with third place behind Andreas Jonsson and Hans Andersen in a re-run seventh race before mounting a terrific recovery mission after being the biggest victim of a messy start to heat 12.
Referee Tony Steele allowed the race to continue despite movement from Rune Holta which clearly affected the concentration of the Panthers ace, but he responded by roaring from fourth to second after going round the outside of Tomasz Gollob and pouncing when Holta made an error.
Bjerre was quickly back on track – both in terms of time and points – as he returned to winning ways in the very next race.
He made the most of the inside gate but had to survive a determined opening-lap charge from Chris Harris before asserting his authority at the head of affairs.
And another victory followed in a fabulous heat 18 when the Copenhagen crowd was treated to a mouthwatering battle between the old guard and the new breed of Danish speedway.
It was present top dog Bjerre who got the edge over past master Nicki Pedersen thanks to a fine swoop around the outside going into the final lap – a result which earned him second place in the standings on 12 points ahead of the semi-finals.
“It is all about scoring consistently and I’m managing to do that,” continued Bjerre. “I won three of my heats again and didn’t have any last places.”
The only rider to better his tally – Jonsson – bowed out in the first semi after opting to race from the inside gate when having first pick.
Bjerre chose to start from the same position in the second semi and found himself swamped in the first and second bends. He had fought his way past Gollob into second when the race was brought to an early halt as Holder hit the deck.
But the re-run didn’t go according to plan and a further blow soon followed when Hampel took over top spot after scorching to victory in the final when he had Gollob in close proximity.
The Poles might have had their day in Denmark but expect the Dane to hit back when the series moves to their backyard for a first-ever Torun Speedway GP of Poland on June 19.
GREAT DANE: Panthers ace Kenneth is pictured on his way to victory in a fabulous 18th heat at the Damish Grand Prix in Copenhagen.