KING KEN UP FOR THE CHALLENGES

Friday September 02, 2020
MAJOR Peterborough signing Kenneth Bjerre faces a weekend of huge team and individual challenges.

The Danish star makes his eagerly anticipated 'T Balfe Construction' Panthers entrance on Sunday when they face two crucial meetings on the same afternoon.

Bjerre lines up for the club for the first time since 2013 in 30 heats of season-defining speedway at the East of England Showground as Peterborough entertain Rye House (2.30pm) and Workington (5pm) in a crucial Premier League double-header.

Maximum points are a must for a new-look Panthers team, which will also include returning Elite League title-winner Richard Hall, to boost the club's hopes of clinging onto a play-off spot.
Bjerre said: "I did a deal with Peterborough during last winter, but it just wasn't possible to commit to a full season of racing in the end.

"I always said to the management that I would help them out if I could, and I'm now in a position where I can race for the rest of 2016.

"Even though I must admit it is not ideal for me to be in the Premier League, it will be great to be back riding for a club where I have spent a lot of happy years.

"I never managed to win a trophy during my seven years racing for Panthers and hopefully I can help the club be successful now.

"The first job is making sure we get into the play-offs and that means we have to win both meetings on Sunday.

"I couldn't believe it when I saw how many times Peterborough have lost at home so hopefully I can help start to put that right.

"It won't be easy for me to come in to two meetings on the same day, but I'll be racing with maximum focus and on my best equipment, and hopefully all the fans will be behind us."

Bjerre forms a potent Peterborough spearhead with number one Craig Cook, while captain Ulrich Ostergaard and European Championship racer Anders Thomsen complete a powerful top-four.

Hall slots into the main body of the team on a bargain 3.29 average while Zdenek Holub and Danny Halsey line up at reserve.

Bjerre could be a GP rider again by the time he arrives at the Alwalton tapes on Sunday.

His Peterborough return follows hot on the heels of the Grand Prix Challenge tomorrow (Saturday) when he will be one of 16 riders battling for glory in what is widely regarded as one of the toughest meetings on the speedway calendar.

The showdown at Vetlanda, in Sweden, carries the rich reward of GP spots for the top three finishers with Bjerre determined to clinch a return to the sport's biggest stage, where he was a regular between 2009 and 2011.

Bjerre added: "Everyone knows how much it would mean to me to win back my place in the GP series.

"I've prepared as well as I possibly can for the Grand Prix Challenge and hopefully it will be my date tomorrow.

"The gate draw has not worked out too well but it is about producing five good rides and hoping that I'm in the top three at the end of the night."

Bjerre could also become a father for the second time during a hectic weekend. His partner, Sofie, is due to give birth today (Friday).

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