Grand Prix nightmare for Bjerre in Poland
SPEEDWAY: Panthers ace clueless as to what went wrong on Saturday night
KENNETH Bjerre saw his world title hopes take a huge blow on Saturday night after his worst-ever Grand Prix performance.
The Panthers star endured a night to forget in the first Torun GP of Poland as he scored just four points – but he admitted he didn’t have a clue what went wrong.
Bjerre couldn’t explain a performance which included three last places and only one victory at the magnificent Marian Rose Motoarena.
He finished second-bottom in the standings on the night with only Swedish racer Andreas Jonsson scoring less.
And Bjerre’s nightmare also cost him stacks of ground in the race for overall glory as he dropped to third spot.
Polish legend Tomasz Gollob roared clear after a stunning 24-point maximum on his way to victory on Saturday.
Previous leader Jarek Hampel was third in the final to keep tabs on his countryman while Bjerre now finds himself 16 points adrift of Hampel and under strong pressure from reigning champion Jason Crump.
Bjerre said: “The track was pretty much perfect and I felt just as hungry as I have in every GP this year but it wasn’t my night.
“What I scored was way below the standards I expect of myself but I wish I knew what I did wrong.
“If there was an obvious problem, we would have changed things to put it right. I think I was just unlucky in being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“It happens sometimes in speedway and you just have to concentrate on bouncing back.
“The good thing is that all riders are taking points from each other and there is still a long way to go.”
Bjerre couldn’t land a blow after being squeezed out through the first couple of bends of the opening race, but he quickly made amends with a charge to victory in heat seven after a rocket-like start from the outside.
Another point followed for third position in heat 11 behind veterans Magnus Zetterstrom and Greg Hancock, but Bjerre was unable to add to his tally.
He still looked like salvaging a semi-final spot from the wreckage of a poor meeting until being caught out by the track in his final ride.
Victory in a high-class 19th heat also featuring Crump, Hampel and Hans Andersen would have sent Bjerre through to the latter stages and everything was going to plan as he made a fine start to hit the front.
But he got out of shape when hitting a hole in the track surface in the third bend and was relegated to the rear.
Bjerre added: “I was still in with a shout of making the semi-finals if I won my last race.
“I made a good start and was leading it until I hit a big hole on the third bend and ended up last.
“It was a disappointing end to a disappointing night, but I’ll be ready to get back on track at Cardiff.”
The series rolls into the Welsh capital for the annual Millennium Stadium extravaganza on July 10.