It doesn’t seem 10 years more like 10 days since Morten Risager burst onto the speedway scene, according to him. On Saturday it’s his Testimonial meeting at Foxhall – Scott Nicholls, Kenneth Bjerre and Niels-Kristian Iversen and all
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Morten Risager, admits it seems more like 10 days than 10 years since he first graced British Speedway.
As a fledgling 16-year-old the current Ipswich Witches star debuted for Coventry Bees and took the sport by storm, being tipped as a future world champion.
Injuries, loss of form and a succession of different clubs (seven in three years at one stage), derailed Risager’s rise to the top however.
But there is little doubting his talent and – at just 26 years old – he still has a huge amount to offer the sport, and Ipswich Witches in particular.
So, on Saturday evening, 7pm start, on opening night at Foxhall Stadium, the bikes will roar again and it will be Risager’ night. A 20-heat individual, with two semi-finals and a final, to celebrate his Testimonial.
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“It seems like 10 days, not 10 years since I first came into the sport in England,” Risager said.
“I started really well, but got some injuries and then I went from club to club for a while and that unsettled me a bit. Now, with Ipswich I feel settled, I’m very happy and always wanted to be at Foxhall.”
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Risager first made a statement on the Heath in 2009 when he replaced the injured Leigh Lanham for a month. His stay was successful, but other commitments meant he could do no more than those four weeks.
When the Witches dropped into the Premier League two years later however, Chris Louis got him on board – as a full Witches asset.
“In 2009 I felt at home as soon as I rode for Ipswich for that month,” Risager said.
“I’ve always felt I belonged and now I want to take Ipswich back into the top-flight which I know is their plan. I want to be part of this re-building of the club.
On Saturday Risager has assembled a field with two Grand Prix stars, Niels-Kristian Iversen and Kenneth Bjerre, as well as the ever-popular Scott Nicholls and plenty of Witches riders, past and present, plus a few match races involving Chris Louis, Jeremy Doncaster and Brian Andersen.
The parade is at the earlier time of 7pm.