Pedersen’s Season Officially Over

Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen has withdrawn from the remainder of this year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix series due to injury.

The Dane has been sidelined since May after suffering a fractured neck vertebra – the second time he had fractured the same vertebra in eight months.

Despite a scan on Monday showing some progress, Pedersen did not receive the all-clear from doctors to resume racing and will undergo further scans in November, with a view to returning to action in 2018.

His place in Stockholm, Torun and Melbourne will be taken by SGP second reserve Martin Smolinski of Germany, with first stand-in Peter Kildemand already replacing injured world champion Greg Hancock for the rest of 2017.

Third reserve Max Fricke steps in for Niels-Kristian Iversen in Stockholm on Saturday. The Dane is recovering from a broken shoulder, but hopes to return in either Torun or Melbourne in October.

We wish Greg, Nicki and Niels a speedy recovery.

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