The ultimate pro Pedersen looks to lead from the front

Eagles number-one rider Bjarne Pedersen is determined to deliver silverware to the fans in 2013.

The Danish rider is back for his second stint at Arlington and said it will be a ‘special moment’ if he can help the Eagles to league glory.

Eastbourne Lifestyle Eagles Speedway Team. March 16th 2013 E12063P'Bjarne Pedersen

Eastbourne Lifestyle Eagles Speedway Team. March 16th 2013 E12063P'Bjarne Pedersen

He left the Birmingham Brummies last season and had no hesitation joining the Eagles as soon as he know co-promoter Trevor Geer was interested.

“It was a very easy decision for me. I love it here, I know the people and I love the track.”

Pedersen was in upbeat mood ahead of the Belle Vue curtain raiser and feels an excellent team spirit could be the key to a successful Elite League campaign.

He said, “It’s still very early days but the atmosphere among the riders is already there and I’m sure it will only get stronger.

“We are looking to get to the play-offs and hopefully we can achieve that.”

Pedersen , a former GP rider, brings a wealth of experience to the side and has won almost every honour in the book.

He is a three-time Elite League title winner, he has won the League KO Cup twice, the Craven Shield twice, he’s an Elite Pairs champion and won the World Cup in 2006 and 2008.

He enjoys the responsibility of riding at number one and commands the respect of his team mates and the opponents. Boss Trevor Geer described him as the ultimate professional and a joy to work with.

Pedersen added, “I enjoy being the number-one. I have done it for a few years now with previous clubs so I’m used to it.

“If I could lead the Eagles to the play-offs it will be a very special moment for me and amazing if we can bring some silverware.

“We will do all we can this season and we will need to get off to a good start against Belle Vue.

“We would love to have a great season for the fans.”