Nicolai Klindt is looking to turn promise into consistency with the King’s Lynn Stars
- Credit: IAN BURT
Talented Nicolai Klindt is hoping consistency in King's Lynn colours will help him become a speedway great.
The 23-year-old Dane has long been recognised as one of the sport's hottest prospects even though terrible luck with injuries has slowed his progress.
However, after swapping the Wolverhampton Wolves – where he sustained a broken shoulder blade last season – for the Stars, Klindt is sure he can start matching the performances of riders like world champion Chris Holder on a regular basis.
'My plan last year was to make a big name for myself and just before I got injured I felt I had got going. My average was like 7.40 and it was slowly going upwards,' said Klindt, who scored six, paid eight, in both of Lynn's wins against Peterborough Panthers last week.
'But when the year finished it had dropped by two points so I definitely want to have a smashing season. Two years ago when I rode for Swindon I probably had my best season and I finished joint-fourth with Niels (Kristian Iversen) in the Danish Final and he had a great season last time round.
'When I was younger Tony Rickardsson was my idol but now I don't really look up to anyone as I know I can be as good as people like Chris Holder on my day. I can beat people like him, Niels and Nicki (Pedersen).
'I just need to be more consistent than I have in the past. It's no good scoring 10 points one day and four points the next. I want to score 10 points every meeting and I know I'm capable of it. I've just had too many bad days at the office.
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'I need to focus on myself, and not others, and show people that I'm not a five-point rider, I'm a seven or eight-point rider, and I'm sure people are going to see that this year.'
The former Wolves ace is looking forward to racing with fellow countrymen and friends, Iversen and Mads Korneliussen, at the Norfolk Arena.
And the highly-rated star believes their presence, especially that of Stars' captain Korneliussen, will only help him succeed at his new Saddlebow Road home.
He said: 'I think team spirit is going to be a key factor this year. Coming here, and riding with two of my best mates in Mads and Niels is definitely a bonus. Riding with someone you know helps you on track. Because Mads and I rode together before in Denmark, we were a really good pairing, and I hope it helps us get loads of 5-1s.
'I can ride the small tracks but I am a racer and riding here on the best track in England is going to be good for me.
'This year I've got a new mechanic in England and Denmark and I'm sure I'm going to benefit loads from that. Having a team behind you that you believe in, and knowing your bikes are 100pc when you get out there, is a massive bonus.'