Australian Jason Crump has a 36 point lead in the World Speedway Grand Prix with only three rounds left in the series
Jason Crump missed out on the Grand Prix final for the first time in eight rounds at Vojens in Denmark after losing to Poland's Sebastian Ulamek
Australian Jason Crump, Sweden's Niels Kristian Iversen and Poland's Grzegorz Walasek at Vojens Stadium in Denmark
Jason Crump and Russian Emil Sayfutdinov in the FIM Dansk Metal Nordic SGP at Vojens
“It was not a good day at the office,” said Crump. “I was too slow letting the clutch out and couldn’t get to the first corner quick enough. I have to work out what I did wrong and make sure I don’t do it again for the next GP.
Crump could only manage eight points from his five rides and thought his lead in the championship would be whittled away. But his main challengers also had problems. Poland’s Tomasz Gollob only picked up seven points and may have fractured two ribs in the race. American Greg Hancock only picked up ten points despite reaching the semi finals. As a result, Crump’s 35 point cushion before the meeting became 36 points after the race.
“The bikes were fine,” said Crump. “It was me that was out of tune. It’s amazing that I increased my lead in the championship so I’m happy about that.”
There are three rounds left in the World Speedway Grand Prix and Crump hopes to become a three time world champion. “In my sport filtration is the most important thing for reliability,” said Crump. “Reliability wins me races and World Championships and that is why I rely on K&N bike filters. I race on the dirt and keeping the dirt out of the engine is critical along with letting my engines breathe for maximum performance. K&N works every time.”
Round eight of the Speedway Grand Prix World Championship takes place at Krsko in Slovenia on September 12.
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