Bjerre hop­ing for a bet­ter night in Torun

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by BOB FRANK

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.

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