Iversen bags SGP wild card berth

King's Lynn 'Roger Warnes Transport' Stars ready for the start of the 2014 Elite League season. Niels-Kristian Iversen ANL-140316-191722002
King's Lynn 'Roger Warnes Transport' Stars ready for the start of the 2014 Elite League season. Niels-Kristian Iversen ANL-140316-191722002

Lynn Stars number one rider Niels-Kristian Iversen has been named as one of the four permanent wild cards for the 2015 FIM Speedway Grand Prix (SGP) series.

The FIM Speedway Grand Prix Commission confirmed that Australia’s Troy Batchelor, Iversen’s Danish compatriot Michael Jepsen Jensen and Swedish champion Tomas H Jonasson have all been handed a berth in next year’s World Championship. The SGP Commission met following last Saturday’s season-closing Borygo Torun FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland.

Iversen’s year was cruelly ended by serious knee ligament damage suffered in the Gorzow SGP of Poland on August 30.

But the 2013 bronze medallist, who was fourth in the standings prior to that meeting, still enjoyed a stellar season, winning Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup gold with Denmark, the Danish SGP in Copenhagen and his third straight Danish Championship.

The full rider line-up will be announced today (Friday).

Borygo Torun SGP top 10 scores: 1 Krzysztof Kasprzak 17, 2 Andreas Jonsson 17, 3 Jaroslaw Hampel 11, 4 Nicki Pedersen 14, 5 Greg Hancock 13, 6 Tai Woffinden 9, 7 Adrian Miedzinski 9, 8 Kenneth Bjerre (Lynn) 8, 9 Chris Holder 7, 10 Maciej Janowski 7.

World Championship final standings, top 5: 1 Greg Hancock 140, 2 Krzysztof Kasprzak 132, 3 Nicki Pedersen 121, 4 Tai Woffinden 121, 5 Matej Zagar 114.

n Wednesday’s scheduled Elite League play-off semi-final second leg between Poole and the Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars was postponed due to a waterlogged track.

Both teams made their fourth attempt to complete the deciding leg last night (Thursday).