SPEEDWAY: You would not think Thomas Jorgensen’s fine form for the Minors & Brady Stars this season is being fuelled by frustration by looking at him.
The Dane is famous for his mild-mannered demeanour, one that refuses to be dented by pitfalls or stifled progress.
That outlook has been more than useful to the Stars in this toughest of seasons but, despite good performances for both of his British clubs, Jorgensen admits not everything has gone to plan.
Personal ambitions on the continent have been hit by ill fortune and the anger from that is being channelled towards a big season both at Lynn and Championship club Scunthorpe.
“I would have liked to have been in the European Championship but I didn’t get chosen for the qualifier. I was very disappointed with that,” said Jorgensen.
“Then I missed out on the Danish Final by one point. That was a big goal for me, to get into the top three so to not make the final at all was really disappointing.
“I had a heavy crash in Denmark the night before. Maybe I should not have ridden in the semi-final the day after but I was so hungry to get through so I gave it a go and was gutted to miss out.
“Still, when you miss out on one of your big goals, it makes you even more hungry.
“I want to be No.1 everywhere I ride, I want to be at the top and go all the way this year. Hopefully that will open some doors for next year, like the European Championship.
“Those goals have gone for this year but if I can keep going well it will help me towards them for 2022.”
Work towards those targets could not be going better. Starting with a Premiership average of 5.90, Jorgensen’s rolling figure has rocketed to 6.87, thanks to 58 points from seven meetings, including 12 race victories that has pushed him up to No.1 in Lynn’s pecking order. His green sheet average is just above seven.
All of that has been achieved despite injury troubles and it is backed up by the addition of almost half a point to his Championship average, adding sting to the Scorpions who have won seven out of seven on home shale.
“I have had a good start to the season and I am really pleased,” said Jorgensen. “I don’t know if it is a case of being more hungry after all the time off throughout lockdown. It makes you start to think about things, maybe you take racing a bike for granted and having some time off makes you want it that little bit extra.
“I have been training really hard and I want this to be a big year for me. I am very focused and I want to make sure I am in the right place mentally.”