SPEEDWAY: Huntingdon’s great Dane toasts an Italian Job well done as he bids to secure World Championship return

Kenneth Bjerre (back left) pictured with Danish national chief Hans Nielsen (back right) and his mec

Kenneth Bjerre (back left) pictured with Danish national chief Hans Nielsen (back right) and his mechanics following his victory in Italy last Saturday. - Credit: Archant

Kenneth Bjerre insists he has never been more determined to earn a return to the World Championship.

The Danish rider, who has been based in Huntingdon for the past decade, roared to victory in a semi-final qualifier last Saturday.

Bjerre scored 13 points from his five rides to triumph at the Lonigo track in Italy and earn a place in the GP Challenge this summer.

That meeting takes place at German venue Landshut on July 28 and it will be a case of going into the unknown for Bjerre. He has never ridden there before in a high-class career which stretches back more than 15 years.

Bjerre said: “The dream of returning to the World Championship is what keeps me fit and motivated.

“I believe I am good enough to get back there and I always try to aim high. I am beating all the top guys in the world in league racing and I really want the opportunity to due it in the Grand Prix series as well.

“It was important to put in a big performance in Italy and make it into the GP Challenge – now I need to make sure I am in top form again on July 28.

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“It is one of the toughest meetings anywhere in the world with 16 guys all fighting to be in the Grand Prix series.

“I’ve never ridden at Landshut before I’m sure I’m not the only rider in that position. It’s just a case of having to make five good starts and pick up the points I need to finish in the top three and qualify.”

Bjerre is no stranger to the sport’s big stage after racing in the World Championship in five previous years – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

He also helped Denmark to World Cup glory in 2008 and won his national title in 2010.

Bjerre, who celebrates his 34th birthday this Thursday, is currently one of the busiest riders in the world as he races regularly in four different countries.

He represents Leicester in the UK, Tarnow in Poland, Indianerna in Sweden and Holstebro in his native Denmark.