AJ open to offers - but is he too late?
SWEDISH champion Andreas Jonsson admits would be keen to take on more fixtures as he prepares for the 2010 season.In addition to fighting for the World Championship, the 29-year-old will race for Bydgoszcz in the Polish Ekstraliga and Dackarna in the Swedish Elitserien this year.
SWEDISH champion Andreas Jonsson admits would be keen to take on more fixtures as he prepares for the 2010 season.
In addition to fighting for the World Championship, the 29-year-old will race for Bydgoszcz in the Polish Ekstraliga and Dackarna in the Swedish Elitserien this year. But Jonsson says there would be room in his schedule to ride for a British, Danish or Russian club.
While none of the British Elite League clubs would be able to fit him into their side at this late stage, an injury to one of the division's top riders could see him return on a 9.66 average.
The former Coventry and Lakeside star said: “I was thinking about riding in Britain. The only problem was no-one ever called and asked me if I wanted to come back. That's why I haven't done anything.
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“I did a few meetings in Denmark this year. A few teams called me after the season but there was never anything concrete. So I'm only focusing on Sweden, Poland and the Grand Prix at the moment.
“I would like to do a bit more and that's why I am open to discuss doing a few meetings in Denmark or maybe Russia. But I'm not going to be the one who calls them and asks if I can ride there. If someone wants me, they can call me and I would be interested to discuss it.”
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While extra meetings would give Jonsson more opportunities to test equipment and ensure his bikes are in tip top condition for SGP racing, the Stockholm-born man has huge confidence in his machinery.
Last season's Nordic Grand Prix winner believes his bikes have become more and more reliable in recent years. And although he may not get out on them as much as he wants to this term, Jonsson is confident they will serve him well when called upon.
He said: “We had a lot of problems with the bikes a few years back. It was small stuff - broken chains and problems with small parts in the engine. But I feel we have good control over the bikes now.
“I feel really safe when I sit on the bike and I know that if nothing really strange happens, my bikes will last me the whole season without any problems or breakdowns.
“Also, I feel I have a pretty good set-up with the engines. Sometimes I get them to work very well and at other times, not so well. But now they are always okay.
“It's not like it was a few years ago where in one meeting I would get a 15-point maximum and then in the next one I would get two points. I feel I'm getting a bit more consistent with my scoring.”