King’s Lynn’s Bjerre looking for Peterborough pick-me-up
King's Lynn racer Kenneth Bjerre is remaining upbeat following his British GP heartache ahead of tonight's first Elite League return to parent club Peterborough. (7:30pm)
Bjerre is relishing a televised reunion in front of the Sky cameras despite a cruel semi-final exit at Cardiff over the weekend.
The Danish ace posted his best return of the GP series this season after picking up 11 points in the qualifiers, but was excluded in the second semi-final for shredding the tapes. Bjerre preferred to accentuate the positives on the eve of his first competitive return to the club he left in the winter.
'I was fed up with what happened but it had been a great meeting,' he said. 'I made good starts and I had finally found the right set-up to cope with the slippery tracks. I scored 11 points, which is the best in the grand prix for me this season so I'm positive and looking forward to the next grand prix.
'I just dropped the clutch too quickly. It couldn't have gone much better, but that was a mistake by me in the semi-final. I had good speed and I was making good starts, so it was a shame I touched the tapes. But that's my own fault.'
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Bjerre was forced to leave the East of England Showground during the off season following the on going uncertainty over the Panthers' top flight participation in 2011.
'Everyone knows what happened with Peterborough in the winter,' he said. 'I like the place, I like the club, I like the owners and the fans. Really, everything about Peterborough was great and its going to be a nice meeting but it's just another league meeting and I am there riding for King's Lynn and I am going to do my best for us to win. Things didn't work out in the winter so I had to move on, but I'm happy at King's Lynn. The owners here are so perfect and part of my heart is here now as well as Peterborough – but there is nothing better I would love than to win there.'
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Bjerre believes Rob Lyon's men have enough firepower to maintain their play-off push.
'We have a great set up and the people around us here are good and they have plenty of experience in the pits,' he said. 'I know the track well and the same for Puk (Niels-Kristian Iversen) and Mads (Korneliussen) and Olly (Allen) goes well around there too. It's going to be a tough night but we'll be looking to get at least a point and maybe more.'
Bjerre knows it is vital third-placed Lynn perform at their local rivals.
'You can look at the table and it looks good,' he said. 'But not many teams have been riding the meetings so if they have five or six good meetings they will be up there in the play-offs, so we need to get the wins in advance of them because we don't know what they are going to do.
'That was the aim the other night (against Wolverhampton) - to get all three points. We want to get into those play-offs. We knew in heat 15 we just had to get a 3-3, but I made a start even though we knew it was just about getting second or third.'
Bjerre's Danish compatriot and former Lynn rider Nicki Pedersen will spearhead the Panthers' charge tonight after finishing runner-up behind Greg Hancock at Cardiff. Pedersen progressed from Bjerre's semi-final at the Millennium but had to defer to the veteran American who increased his lead in the overall series by 12 points.
'You can only ever be happy when you get on the rostrum,' said Pedersen. 'I knew I had to get to the final because that's where anything can happen. 'It was my fault I had the bad gates, my aim is to get into the top three because once you are there anything can happen.
'It was a good night and nearly a great one. In the final it was a tough first corner and I'm glad we all managed to stay on but in the end it was a great race and a good way to finish. I was gating good, I had the speed but I threw it away myself, not having first choice of gate but I was the only rider to be with them in the first corner from gate one.'
• PETERBOROUGH: 1 Nicki Pedersen, 2 Linus Sundstr�m, rider replacement for Kacper Gomolski, 3 Troy Batchelor, 4 Krzysztof Buczkowski, 5 Norbert Kosciuch, 6 Richard Lawson.
• KING'S LYNN: 1 Kenneth Bjerre, 2 Sam Masters, 3 Oliver Allen, 4 Mads Korneliussen, 5 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 6 Lasse Bjerre, 7 Filip Sitera.