Grand Prix night­mare for Bjerre in Poland

SPEEDWAY: Pan­thers ace clue­less as to what went wrong on Satur­day night

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup - by MARK PLUM­MER

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.

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