Mikkel Michelsen wins European Championship 2021 - photo: John Bo Jensen
The fourth and final race of the European Championship series Speedway Euro Championship was run tonight, in Polish Rybnik. In the overall standings before the race, Mikkel Michelsen led together with Polish Piotr Pawlicki - but Leon Madsen had only two points up to the shared first place. But tonight it was settled. Leon Madsen won the race, but Mikkel Michelsen finished second and won the championship with the most points in the overall standings.
The race in Rybnik was ready for a nail-biting race when the European Championships could come into Danish hands again this year.
Mikkel Michelsen and Leon Madsen had both found the fast bikes, and put out well with heat victory in each of their first heats. And throughout the evening they were very dominant - however, Leon had a single heat with 0 points. The two Danes both finished with 14 points after their 5 heats, and both went on to the final race.
In the final we could find Leon Madsen, Mikkel Michelsen and Pawlicki who fought for the European Championship title - Patryk Dudek was also in the final heat. After a nice heat by Leon Madsen and Mikkel Michelsen, however, Leon pulled the longest straw, and won the final. But Mikkel Michelsen became the main character of the evening, with once again the title of European champion.
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With the European Championship title, Mikkel Michelsen has qualified for the FIM Speedway Grand Prix 2022. It is fantastic for the Danish speedway to have him again, and hopefully both Leon Madsen and Anders Thomsen can finish in the top 6 in this year's Grand Prix, to be again in 2022. In addition, we have Danish Nicolai Klindt who is still in the Grand Prix Challenge where the top-3 qualifies.