MADSEN RELIVES GOLDEN TREBLE

04/07/2022

MADSEN RELIVES GOLDEN TREBLE
Danish racer Leon Madsen would love a repeat of his 2019 Cardiff heroics as he relived the unique Speedway GP hat-trick that took him within touching distance of World Championship glory.

Madsen is currently second in the Speedway GP standings – 18 points behind series leader Bartosz Zmarzlik going into this year’s FIM Speedway GP of Great Britain – Cardiff on Saturday, August 13.

The Czestochowa star won the last SGP event staged at Principality Stadium in 2019 – in the same season he also topped the podium at the FIM Warsaw Speedway GP and the FIM Torun Speedway GP, winning the latter with a seven-ride maximum.

Madsen ultimately fell just two points short of eventual world champion Zmarzlik, but he was elated to make a Cardiff victory part of a very special trio of wins.

He said: “I had had a bit of a down period after Malilla – I had two bad meetings in Teterow and Vojens. The World Championship was starting to slip away from me and then I fought my way back and won Cardiff. That was a big moment for me.

“I feel like at that moment and maybe even now, the three biggest events in the calendar are Warsaw, Cardiff and Torun. Torun is very special because it’s the meeting where we finish off the season. Winning those three was crazy and it was a great start to my GP career. I was very happy.”

Madsen would love to make it back-to-back Cardiff wins in the year the city stages its 20th Speedway GP event, with the FIM SGP2 of Great Britain, featuring the sport's brightest under-21 stars, also taking place on Sunday, August 14 at 1pm.

He said: “I will do my best to make it happen again in Cardiff. But there are 15 other riders – 15 of the best in the world – who will try to do the same.

“I always say that to win a GP, you need a little bit of luck on the night. If I have that in Cardiff, I can win it again. It’s going to be difficult, but I am ready to fight for it and try to win it.”

Madsen is emerging as something of a specialist on Speedway GP’s temporary tracks, having also finished second at the Orlen FIM Warsaw Speedway GP earlier this season.

“I like them,” he said. “The track teams have done a tremendous job to pull off some good racing tracks. They are not big tracks – I am usually quite good on and like big tracks.

“But the one-day tracks they make now in Warsaw and Cardiff are very good tracks. I feel good on them. We just manage to find some good setups.

“It’s also amazing to race in front of so many fans. It’s something different when you wake up in the morning and know you are going to race in Warsaw or Cardiff in front of so many people. It’s something special and something I enjoy a lot.”

Prior to Cardiff, Madsen will be hoping to be part of Denmark’s team for the FIM Speedway of Nations Final in Esbjerg on July 30, when the country hopes to lift the title for the first time.

The Danes take on the top three teams from Semi-Finals 1 and 2 on Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28, which will also be staged at the Granly Speedway Arena, along with SON2 for the under-21 teams on Friday, July 29.