MADSEN HAILS HANS IMPACT
Danish star Leon Madsen is enjoying racing under national team boss Hans Nielsen, enthusing “when Hans speaks, everybody listens.”
The four-time world champion took over as Denmark manager for last summer’s Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup.
"Hans is a very experienced ex-rider. When Hans speaks, everybody listens to him. He can still teach us a few things, even though speedway has changed over the years and it’s not exactly the same."
- Leon Madsen
While the Danes fell just short of the Final at the Race Off in Manchester, Nielsen showed he wasn’t afraid to make big decisions in a week, which saw him leave out triple world champion Nicki Pedersen after the 39-year-old opted out of Event 1 at Vojens.
While Nielsen, who has been linked with a managerial role at Polish team Czestochowa, may have ended his illustrious racing career 18 years ago. But Madsen says he still has plenty to offer the current generation.
The Czestochowa star said: “I remember when I was a young kid, I watched Hans winning the GPs and I looked up to him, of course. Now it’s quite funny to race under him in Danish national team.
“Hans is a very experienced ex-rider. When Hans speaks, everybody listens to him. He can still teach us a few things, even though speedway has changed over the years and it’s not exactly the same.”
Madsen admits getting into this season’s Monster Energy SWC squad will be no easy task, with the likes of Pedersen and Peter Kildemand potentially both in contention for recalls.
He said: “It’s always tough in Denmark because we have a lot of very good riders. I see myself as part of Danish team for now and hopefully for many years to come.
“I also hope I will be part of a team that will win the gold back this year. The final will be staged in Leszno and I like Polish tracks, so it’s going to be good.
“Last year we were pretty close defeating the Poles in Vojens. There were only three points in it.”
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