Jensen blames foul play for Czech exit
IPSWICH'S Jesper B Jensen believes foul play could have been responsible for his exit from Saturday's Czech Republic Grand Prix in Prague.Jensen, who reached the semi finals in the first GP of the year in Stockholm, went out in heat 17 when he pulled up at the back of the race to take just five points from the night.
IPSWICH'S Jesper B Jensen believes foul play could have been responsible for his exit from Saturday's Czech Republic Grand Prix in Prague.
Jensen, who reached the semi finals in the first GP of the year in Stockholm, went out in heat 17 when he pulled up at the back of the race to take just five points from the night.
The Dane, who had been one lap from the final in Stockholm before coming to grief while leading his semi final, explained: "My racing was good, even though I wasn't gating that well, but in my last race, five screws in the clutch came out.
"I have never in my career had this happen before and I had no problems at all with clutches during practice.
"We know we left the bike on its own for ten to 15 seconds and the only theory I can come up with is sabotage.
"I don't know if this is the case, but I have never had five screws go loose like this before. I tested the screws and they were not coming out easily. I know they were pretty tight.
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"I know I have the speed and have passed some good riders so far in the Grand Prix. I didn't get that many points this time, but I am overwhelmed with what has happened.
"It has gone as well as I could have expected and although I don't expect to be at the top, I am pleased to be getting better and better."
Jason Crump took his third win in succession at the Marketa Stadium and now has a seven-point lead at the top of the GP standings. The Australian said: "It's the second time I have been in the lead of the championship but I've never led after two rounds, it feels awesome. I've won in Prague twice before but not in the rain."
Crump also praised the spirit of co-operation that existed between riders and event organisers, which saw the meeting delayed for an hour and a half to enable essential track work to take place following afternoon rain.
His comments were echoed by Ipswich asset Tony Rikardsson, who said: "They took the wet surface off and we had a good race track.
"I'm really happy with third place because I'm not normally too good in the wet, so third is like a win for me."
Witches' heat leader Hans Andersen scored six points and enjoyed a couple of good victories, while Ipswich asset Jarek Hampel was the surprise package and finished runner up.
Overall standings after two Grand Prixs
J Crump 45, L Adams 38, T Rickardsson 36, T Gollob 29, G Hancock 24, R Sullivan 23, J Hampel 23, L Richardson 22, N Pedersen 21, J B Jensen 16, B Brhel 14, R Holta 14, M Loram 12, B Pedersen 12, A Jonsson 12, H Andersen 10, M Max 9, L Dryml 9, S Nicholls 5, R Dobrucki 5, F Lindgren 4, A Dryml 4, P Protasiewicz 3, P Ljung 2, R Barth 2, T Svab 2, K Laukkanen 2.