King’s Lynn ace Bjerre targets Danish GP glory
King's Lynn number one Kenneth Bjerre aims to set the record straight on home soil in tonight's Danish GP.
The 26-year-old national champion has never progressed beyond the semi-finals at the Parken Stadium against the shale sport's elite. Bjerre, however, returns to his homeland in confident mood with the Stars' ace currently ninth in the 2011 series after the opening three rounds.
'I've been in the semi-final almost every time I've been there, but I've never done the final,' he said. 'That's something I'd really like to do and I'd love to try and win it. It's the biggest meeting in Denmark all year. It's in the biggest stadium and it's a special experience for a speedway rider and also for the fans.
'I'd really like to do and I'd love to try and win it. It's really important to win every grand prix and score as many points as possible every time. I haven't scored as many as I've wanted this year, so hopefully it will turn around soon and it would be nice if it happens in the Danish one.'
Bjerre is enjoying his Stars' stint alongside younger brother Lasse in the Elite League this season. The Dane has proved a classy addition to the Saddlebow ranks following his mid-winter Peterborough switch after weeks of uncertainty surrounding the Panthers' top flight future.
'It's so perfect. The people there are so nice,' Bjerre told speedwaygp.com. 'I couldn't stay at Peterborough, so I went to the second best place. It's really nice there and I really enjoy it. I feel happy. There is still a long way to go but we seem to be picking up points every time. That's what it's all about. We are just enjoying it and there is no pressure from the club. We just do our best and hopefully it will pay off.
'In the leagues, it has been going well for him (Lasse). When it has come to the big individual meetings, he has been knocked out. But it happens. He is still young and there are plenty of years to come. He is doing well and he is learning a lot, and that's the most important thing. He has the talent, he is still young and you never know what could happen.'
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Bjerre senior helped anchor another league win for the Stars with a paid 12 return in the midweek victory over Belle Vue – the perfect fillip after blowing his chances of retaining the Danish national crown recently.
'I had a real off-night, but I've forgotten about that now and I am trying to look forward,' he said. 'I won it last year, so I've done it before. It's not going to be this year, though, after three points in the first round. I seized the engine in my first ride, ran two lasts and got three points from two races. It makes it a bit tough and I just lost interest.'
The Huntingdon-based racer juggles a congested league programme with Lynn and riding for clubs in Sweden, Denmark and Poland alongside his GP commitments.
'It's always hard to be away from all your friends and family but I'm always racing, so I don't miss home really,' he said. 'It was a tough time when I moved over, but I'm enjoying it now and I've settled down. It's great. When I'm not doing Sweden, I just fly to Denmark, Poland and the grand prix rounds. The worst part of speedway is the travelling and the early flights.'