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Iversen happy with perfect preparation
BOB Kilby Memorial Trophy winner Niels-Kristian Iversen believes his victory at Blunsdon last night will stand him in good stead for his return to the Grand Prix series next weekend.
After impressing in the qualifying heats on Thursday night the Dane made it through to the final with a dominant performance in the semi-final, and after making it to the first corner first he was able to control the race and beat Tai Woffinden and Scott Nicholls into second and third.
Iversen flies to New Zealand on Sunday for the opening Grand Prix of the season a week later, and believes his win over a quality field is perfect preparation.
“It was a good meeting and I’m pleased with the win, and it’s always nice to have a good start of the season,” he said.
“I made it to the first corner first which allowed me to push everyone out a bit, and from there I was able to take advantage and dictated the race.
“It’s never easy because I could feel the other riders pushing behind me, but I was in the lead and I was able to control the race.
“It’s a big year ahead of me now and it’s great to have been able to pick-up where I left it last season, and I fly to New Zealand on Sunday now in confident mood.
“I’m happy with a good result, and there were some good riders in the field so it was great to be able to get the win because that’s what I came here to do.”
Iversen didn’t know Swindon legend Kilby, who amassed 4,000 points in more than 500 meetings for the Robins, but was pleased to have been able to race in his honour.
“It’s always good to remember past riders, and it’s good to have meetings like this every year to do that.
“I came here to win it, and that’s what I did.”