Sunday November 05, 2017
DISAPPOINTED Danish star Niels-Kristian Iversen admits he could be tempted by a return to British racing after missing out on an FIM Speedway Grand Prix wildcard.

Former King’s Lynn favourite Iversen, who has won six straight Danish Championships, was a high-profile casualty when the wildcards were named last week after a shoulder injury suffered in August ended his top eight hopes.

It means the Esbjerg flyer will be absent from the World Championship stage for the first time since 2010, although he has been handed the first reserve slot.

Iversen ended a six-season stint with the Stars to give British racing a miss last season but says a return to the SGB Premiership could be on the cards - at the Adrian Flux Arena or elsewhere.

“I would definitely be open to it,” Iversen said when asked if his Grand Prix omission could open the door to a return to British speedway.

“There are a lot of things that have to happen first and a few things that have to fall into place with the rules and regulations and stuff like that.

“But I’ll definitely look into coming back to the UK now I don’t have that commitment of the GPs, and we’ll see what happens over the winter.

“I had a good time at King’s Lynn.

“At the moment I can’t say anything about where I could end up because they haven’t been any developments at all yet.

“There’s a lot that could happen between now and the start of the season, but as I’ve said before I’ve always enjoyed riding in Britain and I’d always consider coming back if it fits in with everything else.”

Iversen took to social media to blast the decision to omit him from next year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix line-up.

And after having a few more days to reflect, he admits it is a “hard pill to swallow.”

“As I said on the day on social media, I think it’s the wrong decision,” Iversen said.

“It’s frustrating because I had an injury and there’s just been nothing I could do.

“I feel like I’ve shown I’m one of the best 15 riders in the world, so It’s a hard pill to swallow but I just have to get on with it.

“Everyone wants to be racing in the GPs, so it’s disappointing I won’t be involved next year, but I just have to focus on my league racing and have the best year I can.

“I’m first reserve as well which is better than nothing I guess, so I’ll just try and show they made a mistake not giving me a wildcard if or when I get a chance.”


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