King's Lynn Stars rider wants to chase glory on two fronts in 2021
Popular King’s Lynn rider Thomas Jorgensen has his sights set on Europe next year as well as track success for the Stars.
The Dane broke into Sweden during the back end of this season but wants to go further in 2021.
However, since he came so close to winning the top-flight Premiership title with the Minors & Brady Stars in 2018, the Boston-based racer admits his career has not always gone as planned and has endured frustration on both domestic and continental fronts.
Therefore the 28-year-old approached a manager and agent from Poland with a view to gaining a foothold into that country, which is the shale sport’s premier shop window.
The popular rider from Lincolnshire said: “I nearly won the league with King’s Lynn and the following year I didn’t get picked for the European Championship qualifier.
“To not even get picked – they chose another rider – and to spend so much money on the sport, you feel like you build yourself up… but I want to go all the way and prove myself. My goal is to get into the European Championship.”
Although Stars team-mate and European champion Robert Lambert has flourished on the mainland, another colleague Lewis Kerr will testify that it is tough to break into Poland since the squads are big and competition is cut-throat with big money at stake.
“I’m trying hard to get into the Polish leagues because there are a lot of clubs in Poland and I’m looking for a bit of track time there,” Jorgensen said.
“So I contacted Adrian Rosinski to give me a shot over there and he’s quite well-known as a manager and agent. He’s been really good to me.
“He’s still trying, bless his heart, to get me in. I think I have been trying for a few years to get a foot-in, and I’m so determined.
“I’ve been training all throughout the coronavirus crisis and I do like to keep myself fit. I’ve been training extra-hard and I got my shoulder fixed at last.”
Jorgensen felt the impact of Covid-19 just as much as anyone, with action apart from signing for Piraterna in the Swedish Elitserien for the remainder of the 2020 campaign limited to individual events like the Ben Fund Bonanza and the Danish Championship Qualifier.
Of his half-dozen Swedish outings he said: “I have enjoyed it, learned a lot and really hope I get a chance next season to really prove myself and get established in the Elitserien.”
The Aalborg-born racer added: “I was obviously disappointed there was no UK league racing this year but I wasn’t surprised, to be honest.
“It was dragging down and the end of the season got closer and closer and then we had the news.
“It was probably best that they called it off and called it a day, and to focus on next year. I know they were still looking at organising some other meetings which was good, but it’s not the same.
“It will be nice to be back on a bike. It has been a tough year, not only in speedway, but all over the world, to get over the shock.”
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