Niels Kristian Iversen

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Niels-Kristian Iversen
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Personal information
Nationality Denmark Denmark
Date of birth (1982-06-20) 20 June 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth    Esbjerg, Denmark
Nickname PUK
Website www.nielsiversen.com
Current club information
British league King's Lynn Stars
Polish league Stal Gorzów
Swedish league Indianerna
Danish league Esbjerg
Career history
Holsted (DK)
King's Lynn Stars
Newport Wasps
Oxford Cheetahs
Vastervik (SWE)
Indianerna
Wroclaw (POL)
Rybnik (POL)
Peterborough Panthers
Falubaz Zielona Góra (POL)
Wolverhampton Wolves
Esbjerg (DK)
Stal Gorzów (POL)
2001,2010 - Present
2001, 2011–
2003,2004
2003,2005
2004-2009
2010 - Present
2004
2005
2006-2007, 2009-2010
2006-2010
2008
2009
2011
Individual honours
Danish Under-21 Champion
Danish Champion
2002
2012, 2013
Team honours
Craven Shield Winner
Swedish Elitserien Champion
Danish League Champion
Elite League Champion
World Cup
2005
2005
2002, 2004
2006
2006, 2008, 2014

Niels Kristian Trochmann Iversen (born 20 June 1982 in Esbjerg, Denmark)[1] is an international motorcycle speedway rider. He was part of the Danish teams that won the Speedway World Cup in 2006 and 2008.

Early life[edit]

Niels-Kristian Trochmann was born 20 June 1982 in Esbjerg, Denmark to Ann Marie and Flemming Iversen. Growing up with older brother Soren, Iversen decided he want to be a speedway rider. His local town Esbjerg had a track where Iversen began to learn his desired trade. Quickly moving up the ranks in Denmark, his first title came in 1994 at the 50cc Danish Individual Championship. Moving up to 80cc in 1997 saw him win his second title at 15 years old. In 1998 Iversen moved up to full size 500cc bikes as he set his sights on a bigger and better future.

Career[edit]

British team King's Lynn Stars noticed Iversen and signed him for the last three meetings of the 2001 season. At 20 years old Iversen earned his team silverware as well as individual gold. In 2002 he helped Danish team Holsted to the Division One Championship as well as becoming the Danish U21 Champion for the first time.

Iversen came back to British shores in 2003 with Newport Wasps in the Premier League and was already signed for Holsted in Denmark. For his new British team he topped the averages with an average of 9.13 and 6 maxima, attracting Elite League club Oxford Cheetahs, while Holsted went on to retain their Division One Title. New Oxford team manager Nigel Wagstaff added Iversen to the team for four meetings at the end of the 2003 season and his performances gained him entry to the World U21 Final where he finished sixth. He was selected for the Denmark squad at Speedway World Cup in August 2003: ten points from five rides helped Denmark through to the Grand Final where he and Kenneth Bjerre were replaced.

Iversen signed for Swedish club Vastervik in the Elitserien and Wroclaw in Poland. Nigel Wagstaff's Oxford also signed Iversen for the 2004 season as a full-time Elite League rider, after he had earned a 6.57 point average over 32 meetings the previous year. In Denmark he helped Holsted to a third Division One title in as many years. Once again he was selected for the Speedway World cup where he went one better than his score in the previous year – 11 points including wins over Leigh Adams and Adam Shields. Danish Grand Prix organizers selected Iversen as the Wildcard in Copenhagen on 26 June, taking his chance he reached the semi finals in his first Grand Prix and ended the meeting on 13 points.

2005 saw Iversen move to Rybnik in the Polish league and win the Elitserien with Swedish Club Vastervik as well as being selected for Denmark's World Cup team where once again he hit double figures in the qualification round. The final was won by Poland but Iversen had earned himself a Bronze Medal for the third time. In Britain, Oxford retained his services for the season but poor performances from the whole team lead them to finish just one point above Arena Essex. However 2005 gave him success in the Craven Shield.

Iversen won the Danish individual championship in both 2012 and 2013.[2]

Grand Prix Call[edit]

Iversen moved to his third Polish club in as many years: Extraliga team Zielona Gora signed him from Rybnik while in Britain Peterborough Panthers gave Iversen an opportunity to transfer. Grand Prix officials had nominated Iversen for a full spot in the GP series, the highlight came in his home GP at Copenhagen scoring 8 points. The series finished with Iversen on 51 points and outside the qualification places in 13th.

World Cup Gold[edit]

Iversen helped Peterborough to their first league win since 1999 and his performances earned him selected for Denmark's World Cup team. The Danes got through to the final via the race-off where Iversen scored 7 points. Denmark went on to win the final ahead of Sweden giving Iversen his first Gold Medal.

Iversen, along with fellow Danes Hans Andersen and Kenneth Bjerre, got the Panthers to the playoffs in 2007 but were knocked out by Swindon Robins. For the fifth season in a row Iversen was selected for his country and was part of the Danish team that finished second to Poland in the World Cup Final at Leszno on 21 July. His Danish team Holsted enjoyed success in the Superleague Championship. In Sweden, Vastervik side made it through to the Elitserien playoff finals but were knocked out in the latter stages. At the 2007 Grand Prix challenge Iversen won the final at Vojens resulting in qualification as a full-time member for the second time in the Grand Prix series.

Peterborough decided not to use Iversen in 2008 and rival Elite League Club Wolverhampton Wolves signed him on loan. During his time at Wolves he raised his average from 7.64 up to 9.04 but the team failed to climb the table and finished at the bottom. Swedish Club Vastervik failed to qualify for the playoffs and Holsted failed to win the Superleague.

Second Gold Medal[edit]

Iversen crashed in the Swedish Grand Prix and broke his shoulder and at the end of the season he finished outside the automatic qualification places in 12th place. Selected for the World cup again, Iversen and the Danish team earned victory in the 2008 final and giving him his second Gold Medal.

Brought back to Peterborough in 2009, Iversen became the Captain of the Panthers and based himself in the city. Although his average dropped, he was a crucial part of the team that finished mid-table. In Denmark, he signed for local club Esbjerg but could only manage 6th place overall, while in Poland Iversen stayed with Zielona Gora who went on to win the Extraliga title, earning Iversen his first Polish team win.

In 2010, Iversen spent his fourth season with Peterborough in the British Elite League and stayed with Zielona Góra in the Polish Extraliga. In Denmark, he moved back to Holsted after a year away from the club while in Sweden he moved from Vastervik to Indianerna. On 31 August, Iversen was selected for a wildcard place at the Nordic Grand Prix on 11 September.

In 2011, Iversen left Peterborough and joined the King's Lynn Stars, who had moved up to the Elite League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2006). Speedway Star Almanac. ISBN 0-9552376-1-0
  2. ^ "Danish Title No. 2 for Iversen", speedway365.com, 30 August 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013

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