King’s Lynn Stars ace Iversen: Only Danish gold will do

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Lynn Stars number one and Danish skipper Niels-Kristian Iversen insists nothing less than gold will do when his side defends their Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup crown at Vojens in Denmark tomorrow.

Iversen spearheads a quartet, featuring triple world champion Nicki Pedersen, SGP first reserve Peter Kildemand and Vojens expert and fellow Lynn rider Kenneth Bjerre, with Michael Jepsen Jensen named as reserve.

They tackle neighbours Sweden, who triumphed in Event 1 at Polish track Gniezno on Saturday, and Australia, who won Event 2 at Lynn on Monday.

The line-up will be completed by the victorious nation from last night’s Race Off at Vojens, where Poland faced Great Britain, Russia and the USA.

Denmark hope to become the first home Monster Energy SWC winners since Poland in 2011. And nothing less than victory will satisfy Iversen.

He said: “Second places don’t really count in my book. I want to win gold. That’s why I’m here and that’s what I’m going for. We’ve had a good three years – a couple of golds and a silver. Hopefully we can continue that.”

After lifting the title at Malilla in 2012 and Bydgoszcz, Poland last year, it’s no surprise Denmark are favourites.

That’s no problem for Iversen. “Personally, I don’t worry about it,” he said. “There is always added pressure; it doesn’t matter if you’re at home or away, we still want to win it.

“We’re defending champions and there should be added pressure from us being defending champions. It suits me okay. I’ll do what I can to get the points and I’m sure everyone else will do the same.”