VIDEO: Linus Sundstrom after GPQ win

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After his victory at Shielfield Linus Sundstrom said he was delighted to have topped the podium, but qualification was the name of the game.

“It’s always nice to finish top of the podium,” he said, “but the main thing was to make sure I qualified and got through to the next round.

“I know that if I have a good bike under me I am capable of matching the top riders and tonight my equipment worked well for me.

“I knew I was in with a chance of qualifying after my first three rides, but I also knew I needed to have a good finish to the meeting.

“I had the luck of the draw with the gates. Early on there had been very few winners off gate one, but later in the meeting it started working a bit better and I had two starts off the inside, which I managed to win.

“In one of them I had to come back from a first bend crash with Jason (Doyle), but I wasn’t badly hurt.

“The last time I was at Berwick I had a bad crash.

“I think I was the first person to try out the new safety fence after it was installed, so it’s nice to be here under different circumstances.”

After Saturday’s rain-off Sundstrom paid special mention to the track staff for their work in preparing the track.

“The track was good, and a lot of credit must go to the track staff,” he said, “because conditions were so much better than they were on Saturday.

“I think it was the right decision to call it off because of all the rain on Saturday. It was frustrating for all the riders, because they were here and wanted to race, but we could not have performed on Saturday like we did tonight if the meeting had gone ahead as originally planned.”

Runner-up Doyle, who lost to Sundstrom in a run-off for top place, admitted to feeling ‘a bit bruised’ after his early tangle with the Swede going into the first bend of heat 18.

“It wasn’t the way I wanted to finish the meeting,” he said, “but I am just happy to have ridden well and qualified.”

‘Magic’ Janowski, who beat multi-GP winner Hans Andersen in a run-off for third, said he was delighted to have finished on the podium on his first visit to the stadium.

“The track is big and fast, and I wasn’t really sure how to prepare my bikes,” said the former World U21 champion.

“I was also late in arriving at the stadium because of traffic around Edinburgh, so it wasn’t ideal preparation.

“But I was pleased with the way I rode. I am happy to have qualified and to have finished in the top three.

“My target now is to try and get through the semi-finals into the final.”