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Demark Heads To Speedway World Cup Final

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Danish boss Anders Secher handed Mads Korneliussen and Peter Kildemand places in the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup Final after they led the charge to victory at Vastervik overnight.

The Danes won Event 2 on 48 points to see off a strong Swedish surge and take their place alongside Poland and Team Great Britain in the Final at Bydgoszcz on Saturday night.

Sweden finished second on the night with 43 points, but could still join Denmark in the last four if they win the Race Off, which also takes place at Bydgoszcz, on Thursday. The Czech Republic, who finished third in Vastervik on 24, progress to the last-chance meeting, which also features the USA and Australia, who qualified at King‰Ûªs Lynn last Saturday.

Denmark‰Ûªs team selection for Event 2 raised plenty of eyebrows as they rested FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars Niels-Kristian Iversen and Nicki Pedersen.

But Korneliussen led their charge on 13 points, with Hans Andersen and Kildemand collecting 12 apiece and Bjarne Pedersen adding 11 in a solid team display.

With Secher set to recall national team skipper Niels-Kristian Iversen and triple world champion Nicki Pedersen for the Final, he was forced to drop two of his Vastervik winners for one of world speedway‰Ûªs biggest meetings. And he admits leaving Andersen and Bjarne Pedersen out following their double-figure returns was no easy call.

‰ÛÏI picked Mads because he was absolutely the best gater for the Danish team tonight." Secher said. "I didn‰Ûªt have any doubt about him after the meeting.

‰ÛÏI had doubts whether I should go for Peter or Hans because they were almost even in my opinion. They both scored 12 points and they both made good starts. They also gave it a go on the track.

‰ÛÏIt went to Peter because I thought he was more of a fighter than Hans tonight ‰ÛÒ that‰Ûªs what made the difference. But it was a very tough call for me. Hans was gating so well.

‰ÛÏThe meeting I had with the riders after the event was a tough one. Hans will still be involved in Bydgoszcz. It‰Ûªs his home track in Poland and I‰Ûªm sure he can provide important information about it if we need it. He‰Ûªll be there and he is a team player.

‰ÛÏHe told me ‰Û÷I‰Ûªm up for that. No problem.‰Ûª That tells you something about the rider. Of course he is disappointed and so was Bjarne Pedersen, who also gave it a good go. But they‰Ûªre there for the team, they‰Ûªre there for Denmark and I am proud of them.‰Û

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