Bjerre hoping for a better night in Torun
PANTHERS ace Kenneth Bjerre has had very few lows during an excellent 2010 campaign but he’ll be looking to make up for one of them tonight.
He returns to Torun for the fifth Grand Prix of the season and he’ll be hoping to fare better than on his last visit there in the Polish Extraleague in April.
On that occasion the Danish ace could score just 3+1 as his Wroclaw side, including world champion Jason Crump, were beaten by a Ryan Sullivan-inspired Torun.
Panthers legend Sullivan set the track record of 57.26 for the 325m circuit last year and his 13+1 two months ago saw Bjerre on the losing side, but the Danish star will be going all out to return to winning ways tomorrow.
Bjerre has reached double figures in all 14 Panthers league or cup fixtures so far in 2010 and it’s a similar story in the World Championship series.
He has reached the semi-final in all four Grand Prix meetings to date, the highlight of course being in Sweden where he won - becoming only the fourth ever Panthers rider to stand atop the podium on the biggest stage.
He currently lies second in the World Championship standings but as those either side of him - Jaroslaw Hampel is top and Tomasz Gollob is third - are Polish favourites it will be far from easy.
Bjerre will simply concentrate on his own performance, though, saying: “I don’t care how the other riders are going, I’m only worried about my own performance.
“It would be nice to go back to the top of the standings but it’s where I am at the end of the season that matters, not after tonight.
“I’ve only been there once and I didn’t have a very good meeting in the league there earlier this season but it seemed like a nice stadium and I’m confident it will go a lot better for me tonight.”
Series leader Hampel was second to Crump when this year’s series opened in Poland, although the European GP was held on his home Leszno track, and he goes into tonight’s meeting in fine form with two successive maximums in the Polish league followed by another in Sweden on Tuesday.
Gollob is a Polish legend and scored 15+1 at Torun for Gorzow last month - and with eight Grand Prix successes to his name in his homeland he is the clear bookies favourite at just 11-4 tonight.
Hampel is second favourite on 9-2 with Crump available at 6-1.
Bjerre is joint fourth favourite with former world champion Nicki Pedersen at 9-1 followed by two Torun riders - Australian champion Chris Holder and ex-Panthers skipper Hans Andersen - and Swedish ace Andreas Jonsson listed at 12-1.
PANTHERS’ Krzysztof Buczkowski made an impressive debut for Rospiggarna 10+1 as they won 4947 at Valsarna in Sweden.
IN SECOND SPOT: That’s Panthers ace Kenneth Bjerre in the World Championship standings.