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Darcy Ward snares maiden FIM Speedway Grand Prix win

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Australian sensation Darcy Ward admits two months of injury hell were a blessing in disguise after collecting his maiden Grand Prix win in the Moldow Danish FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Copenhagen on Saturday.

The 21-year-old topped the rostrum at PARKEN ahead of Slovenian racer Matej Zagar, world champion Chris Holder and Polish legend Tomasz Gollob after a titanic tussle with Zagar in the final.

Ward made a racing comeback with his Swedish team Dackarna on Tuesday after spending seven weeks out nursing the broken shoulder blade he suffered in the Fogo Swedish SGP in Gothenburg on May 4.

That injury was the culmination of a serious of crashes which plagued a tough start to the year for the Queenslander.

But Ward says he is back a wiser rider after leaving the Danish capital with 19 points out of a possible 21 and his first Grand Prix win in only his sixth SGP appearance.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªve learned a lot of things since I‰Ûªve been injured," Ward explained. "I‰Ûªve been watching the guys and trying to learn as much as I can. The time off helped me a bit and I feel better than ever ‰ÛÒ I probably wouldn‰Ûªt change that crash.

‰ÛÏWhen I came back at the start of the year, I was enjoying it, but I didn‰Ûªt feel comfortable in a way. I was still going really well, which I was happy with. I was second in the World Championship standings after Bydgoszcz ‰ÛÒ I was stoked with that. But I think the time off really helped me and I thought about a lot of things.

‰ÛÏI wouldn‰Ûªt change it after returning like that. I have a long career ahead. I‰Ûªve got to move on, keep doing what I‰Ûªm doing and just enjoy it. It‰Ûªs such a good life that we have and you‰Ûªve got to appreciate it sometimes.

‰ÛÏIt has been hard work, but I‰Ûªll never forget a moment like this. I‰Ûªm very proud to be here and very grateful for the opportunity I‰Ûªve been given. It‰Ûªs a dream come true and I felt good all night. It was a perfect night. I‰Ûªm happy with that.

‰ÛÏThere has been a lot of hype about my name and it‰Ûªs good to finally have the chance to step up here and take a Grand Prix win.‰Û

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