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Australian Racer Jason Crump Increases Grand Prix World Championship Lead
Jason Crump crashed out in the final at the rain soaked Scandinavian Grand Prix but took fourth overall. The Italian Grand Prix winner had his worst result of the year but managed to increase his world championship lead.
Crump said he was happy considering the appalling weather conditions. He came away with more points than his two nearest archrivals Greg Hancock (USA) and Nicki Pedersen (Denmark). Crump now has a massive 61-point lead over Hancock and moved closer to regaining the World Championship Crown that he won in 2004.
Jason Crump wins World Championship Crown 2004, photo by Mike Patrick
The final result of the 2006 FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship at Malilla in Sweden saw Andreas Jonsson finish ahead of Hans Andersen of Denmark. For Jonsson, this was his first Grand Prix win in front of his home crowd.
“Congratulations to Andreas on winning his first Grand Prix,” said Crump. “He got it right in these terrible conditions and won it deservedly. I gave it a try in the final, but I came to grief trying to go around the outside. I got filled in and couldn’t see a thing, so I laid it down in the mud.”
Crump went to Malilla to win with a simple strategy. “Race by race only,” he said. “If I have a bad race, I get over it quickly and focus on the next round which could be only five minutes later in a lot of cases.”
He is seeing a leading British sports physiotherapist who treats foot injuries for athletes. Crump suffered a sever ankle injury during a race at Longio, Italy. “Blocking out the pain is a difficult thing to do and something that takes practice. Once I am at a meet my mind is focused on the job at hand and when I’m on the bike my adrenalin takes over from the pain.”
Crump said his mission was accomplished by getting into the final. “I managed to beat Greg Hancock in the semi-final and Nicki Pendersen was excluded after falling in the semi-final,” he said. “I knew whatever happened in the final itself, I was going to come away with more points then them.”
Crump uses K&N Engineering products. “The
keep the dirt out of the engine,” he said. “In good or bad weather K&N is the best for dirt track racing.”
Australian native Jason Crump, photo by Mike Patrick
Mathematically, Crump can lift the crown at the next round in Prague in two weeks, but the Aussie sensation is not being too optimistic.
“There are three Grand Prix’s to go, so I’m going to Prague with the same focus as before and if I do win the World Championship there, that will be great,” said Crump. “If I don’t I’ll wait until the Grand Prix after that.”
Round 8 of the Speedway Grand Prix World Championship takes place at Prague, Czech Republic on August 26th.
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