Niels-Kristian Iversen has a collection of gold medals that could rival Usain Bolt but admits he’s “far from done yet”.
The elegant and charming Danish star still appears to be underestimated by the world of speedway.
Denmark has a proud record of shale superstars – Ole Olsen, Hans Nielsen, Erik Gundersen, Jan O Pedersen and Nicki Pedersen among so many.
King’s Lynn Stars hero Iversen, 35, has four World Cup golds, six national titles, five Grand Prix wins and a World Championship bronze to his name.
But without an individual gold can he be considered a Danish great?
He revealed: “When you are an athlete and a sports person then you need to keep improving to be considered. History doesn’t count today and that’s the way I see it too.
“It’s not really of my concern what other people think.
‘As long as I can look myself in the mirror and tell myself that I’ve done everything that I can to improve, then that is enough for me. I don’t need anyone else’s approval’
“As long as I can look myself in the mirror and tell myself that I’ve done everything that I can to improve, then that is enough for me.
“I don’t need anyone else’s approval.
“I’ve won a lot of times and a lot of trophies in my career so far and I think that speaks for itself.
“My aim is to win even more. I’m far from done yet.”
Iversen has had a tough year. Injury wrecked his 2017 Grand Prix campaign and then he missed out on a wild card place. An operation on the shoulder injured in his crash also stopped his participation in the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations a fortnight ago.
Now the classy Dane hopes that he can get back to fitness and back to the top of his game.
His maximum at Somerset on Monday suggested he’s well on the way with the TruPlant Stars.
He added: “I feel okay now, I feel good. The doctors are pretty happy with the results and so far everything is going to plan.
“There was some nerve damage to my shoulder from the crash I had last year.
“The main thing is that I want to be 100 per cent fit again.
“It’s still going to take quite some time to be absolutely fit again because it takes time to re-develop but at least everything is on the right track now.
“Not getting a wild card for the GP series was disappointing.
“It is what it is. I just focus on what is ahead of me now, which is my league racing now and doing well for my teams.
“I just need to get back to my best shape, that’s the main goal for now.
“I will get more opportunities in the Grand Prix and take it with both hands.”