Bandit Jensen turns to ‘The Professor’

Steen Jensen at the Berwick Bandits press and practise night
Steen Jensen at the Berwick Bandits press and practise night

Berwick reserve Steen Jensen has turned to his mentor, former multi-world champion Hans Nielsen, to get his season back on track.

Jensen was so concerned about his gating technique that he travelled home to Denmark last week to seek the advice of the four-times world champion, known as ‘The Professor.’

“The starts here are quite soft and deep,” said Jensen, “not like the hard starts I am used to.

“I knew I needed to change my set-up, and that was why I went back to Denmark to speak to Hans and his brother.”

After scoring 6+1 in the 55-37 win over the Tigers, and looking to be more on the pace, he added: “I was pleased with the way it went, but I know there is still room for improvement. Hopefully this is the sign of better things to come.”

Joint team manager Ian Rae said after the meeting: “Steen is a rider we are pinning a lot of hopes on this season.

“He has struggled to get out of the gates in his arly meetings, which was why he went back to Denmark to see Hans Nielsen.

“Tonight he was a lot quicker out of the traps. He won his opening race, and in his last two outings he showed a determination we haven’t seen so far.”