THOMSEN: BACK ON TRACK AFTER VOJENS CRASH

21/06/2022

THOMSEN: BACK ON TRACK AFTER VOJENS CRASH
Speedway GP star Anders Thomsen insists he’s focused on a huge week of racing as he prepares to defend his Danish Championship and go for Gorzow glory – just days after being knocked out on the track in Denmark.

Thomsen crashed with European champion Mikkel Michelsen at a Danish Speedwayligaen match in Vojens last Wednesday.

The incident left Michelsen nursing a knee injury and he has withdrawn from the Danish Final at Holsted on Wednesday night as he undergoes intense rehabilitation in a bid to be fit for the 3W FIM Speedway GP of Poland – Gorzow this Saturday.

Meanwhile, Thomsen made a track comeback for Polish club Gorzow last Sunday, scoring nine paid 10 points just days after being left unconscious following the crash.

He is also combining rest and rehabilitation in his quest to compete for what could be a third straight Danish Championship on Wednesday night, before he lines up on his Polish home track seeking his third Speedway GP final.

Thomsen has received plenty of support from Stal Gorzow in his quest to recover. He said: “I have been working pretty hard with REHAkompleks in Gorzow to get fit and get back on the bike.

“I had a lot of pain. I have a shoulder issue as well. For sure, that’s why I was not really on fire on Sunday. But I was in the points and I am pretty satisfied with that.

“I am not feeling 100 percent, but I feel like I can handle the bike well, so I will relax over the next couple of days and my head is focused for the Danish Final and also the Gorzow Speedway GP.”

Thomsen admits he was “sleeping on the track for 10 or 15 minutes” after his crash with Michelsen. But he insists he wasn’t rushed back into action by Stal Gorzow and was happy to return to racing on Sunday afternoon.

He said: “I only had a headache the day after. I spoke with the doctor about whether it was safe to ride and he said ‘if you feel good, you can get back on the bike.’

“I wasn’t sure I would ride on Sunday. But in the morning, I said I felt okay and I was ready. If I started to feel bad, I would have only ridden a few heats because we have eight riders on the team and Wiktor Jasinski could have taken over from me. But I was feeling alright to do all five heats.

“Gorzow is really, really good. They have a really good coach. He was there every time I had my treatment and he said ‘Anders, there is no pressure. If you don’t ride, you don’t ride. Your health is more important.’ There really is no pressure on riders to get back into the squad.

“I want to say a big thank you to REHAkompleks in Gorzow for getting me back on track and also to Stal Gorzow.”