Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen has been replaced by 2015 Horsens winner Peter Kildemand for the Kjærgaard Danish SGP on June 24.
Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen has been replaced by 2015 Horsens winner Peter Kildemand for the Kjærgaard Danish SGP on June 24.Pedersen hasn’t raced since suffering neck injuries in a Danish Speedway League crash at Holsted on May 24, with Kildemand standing in for him in Daugavpils and Prague.
Pedersen’s 2016 season was ended by neck injuries sustained at the Golden Helmet in Pardubice and doctors fear he may have sustained a fresh fracture.
A statement on the 40-year-old’s official Facebook page revealed he’s waiting to undergo further scans next month.
The statement read: “The specialists are pretty sure that they can see a new fracture in the seventh neck vertebra. This also means that the facial joint between the sixth and seventh neck vertebra is at big risk of injury, and can therefore damage the nerves in this area.
“However, there must be a new scan to confirm whether there is such a fracture or not. This scan will be made early July, as there needs to be at least five weeks between those two scans.
“Nicki is now going to take the specialists’ verdict into consideration. It’s very hard to accept for Nicki, especially because his hunger after racing again gets bigger every day.
“We will inform more about the injury when the final scans are taken in early July. With this in mind we all hope to see Nicki on the track in July. Unfortunately this also means that Nicki has to withdraw from the Grand Prix in Horsens.
“Nicki has chosen to follow the advice from the doctors and specialists, although there is an uncertainty about the diagnosis of Nicki's injury. We wish you all a great Grand Prix in Horsens and hope to see a big crowd and some fantastic speedway.”