SPEEDWAY: Bjerre bidding to make a big impression as he returns to the world stage as wildcard
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Kenneth Bjerre has set himself a tough target for his World Championship return.
The Danish rider, who has been based in Huntingdon for more than a decade, will be back on the sport’s biggest stage this Saturday night.
Bjerre has been handed the wildcard berth for the Danish SGP, at Horsens, and is determined to produce a top performance in his homeland.
It will be Bjerre’s first Grand Prix appearance since 2014 – the last of his five full seasons in the series.
“I’m definitely not just going to treat it as a fun experience,” said the 33 year-old from Stukeley Meadows. “I’m going there to do as well as I possibly can and if I don’t reach the final, I won’t be happy.
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“I’m not a young guy who has to try to impress people, but that doesn’t mean I don’t care about my performance. I always want good results and Saturday will be no different.
“I know what the GPs are all about after riding in the series for a few years. If I don’t do well, it will just feel like two wasted days.”
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Bjerre will take part in a practice session on Friday ahead of the meeting itself on Saturday evening, which will be screened live by BT Sport.
His hopes of securing a permanent World Championship return were dealt a blow last Thursday when he agonisingly missed out in a semi-final qualifier.
Bjerre was one of three riders to score eight points at Olching, in Germany, but only two of them could advance to the SGP Challenge in August.
And Bjerre, who was riding through the pain barrier after being involved in a pile-up during a Polish league fixture a few days earlier, missed out in a run-off.
“It was a big disappointment not to make it through,” added Bjerre. “But my body was not feeling good after the big crash in Poland.
“I gave it my all and it’s frustrating to come so close to qualifying.”
Bjerre competes in the Speedway Euro Championship for the first time this year. That title is decided over four rounds – the first of which takes place in Poland on June 30.