King’s Lynn Stars ace Iversen frank about poor Grand Prix form at Cardiff

Speedway King's Lynn Stars v Coventry Bees'Niels-Kristian Iversen powers ahead in Heat 1 ANL-150820-072918009
Speedway King's Lynn Stars v Coventry Bees'Niels-Kristian Iversen powers ahead in Heat 1 ANL-150820-072918009
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King’s Lynn Stars No.1 Niels-Kristian Iversen has offered a frank assessment of his British Grand Prix disappointment.

The popular Danish racer earned a fourth place finish in the 2015 World Championship and headed into this season with high hopes of launching a title challenge.

However, he has so far struggled to hit top form on the world stage and endured another night to forget in the Principality Stadium, at Cardiff, on Saturday night.

Iversen managed just three points in the showpiece event, leaving Cardiff in 14th position in the World Championship standings.

With a chance to regroup before the next round in Malilla, Sweden on August 13, the 34-year-old admitted he desperately needs to turn things around as he fights for his Grand Prix future.

Iversen said: “I’m very disappointed.

“Things just went from bad to worse, and it’s hard to put my finger on what went wrong.

“Things didn’t work out. I was too slow, my gating was rubbish and there aren’t many good things to say.

“I need to have a long, hard think about what I have to do to improve, and come back with some fresh air after the World Cup break.

“I know I can do it, but I can’t keep saying it’s going to happen next time. We are halfway through the season now and things have just been rubbish.

“I’m in 14th positon now, and things can hardly get any worse.

“I need to do something really different to improve, so we’ll look at it and see what I have to do.”

Lynn’s Robert Lambert was a reserve at Cardiff but did not get a ride.

In the meantime, Iversen will look to bounce back from his Cardiff disappointment when the Stars travelled to Coventry last night.

With the Stars looking to launch a challenge for a play-off place over the second half of the campaign, Iversen knows they needed a positive result at Brandon.

Iversen said: “Things have been pretty tough for us at King’s Lynn, but we have to take it each meeting at a time and see where we end up.

“We have to focus on our own results now, that’s all we can do, and we start again at Coventry.

“We have to make the most of that meeting to try to get something and hopefully build on it.”

British Grand Prix, Cardiff: Antonio Lindback 18 (1st), Tai Woffinden 15 (2nd), Piotr Pawlicki 14, Bartosz Zmarzlik 13 (3rd), Jason Doyle 12, Maciej Janowski 11, Greg Hancock 10 (4th), Andreas Jonsson 9, Matej Zagar 8, Danny King 7, Chris Holder 6, Nicki Pedersen 5, Peter Kildemand 4, Niels-Kristian Iversen 3, Fredrik Lindgren 2, Chris Harris 1.

Overall Grand Prix standings: Hancock 66, Woffinden 63, Doyle 54, Lindback 53, Janowski 52, Zmarzlik 51, Holder 50, Zagar 39, Kildemand 38, Pawlicki 37, Jonsson 37, Pedersen 37, Lindgren 34, Iversen 33, Harris 21.