One of the most recognizable riders in the TAURON SEC series is Leon Madsen. He made his debut in the competition for the Individual European Championship in the 2013 season, and has been taking part as a regular participant since 2016. The real showcase of his speedway skills, however, is the last five years.
He recorded his first appearance in the TAURON SEC series in Rzeszow, where he scored six points and eventually finished 11th. He returned to the fight for the title for the best rider of the “Old Continent”almost three years later - already as a regular participant. He finished his full-fledged debut in seventh place in the general classification with 37 points. The following season was not very successful for him, as he scored only 20 points in four rounds.
Madsen's real show of speedway power in the series has been going on since 2018. That's when he became the Individual European Champion, finishing the series with 56 points. In addition, he finished the final at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzow with a set of six victories.
The accomplishment of the Dane a year later went down into the history of the series forever. Due to an injury, he could not perform in the third round of the competition, which took place in Vojens. Despite this adversity, Madsen finished the entire series with a bronze medal. In the decisive round in Chorzow, the tournament was not won, but he managed to lead the additional race for third place, in which he reached the finish line ahead of Kacper Woryna.
In the pandemic 2020 season (the only one in which five finals were held) he won the silver medal, losing only three points to the champion, Robert Lambert. He had an even smaller loss to Mikkel Michelsen of only two points a year later. Currently, the 2019 World Vice-Champion is third in the interim classification of the cycle, losing one point to Janusz Kolodziej and Mikkel Michelsen. Taking into account the 26 rounds in which he took part, Leon Madsen scored as many as 287 points.
The Dane's average is very good when it comes to his performances in the barrages leading up to the finals. In the TAURON SEC series Madsen competed 13 times in them, of which he advanced to the finals as many as 11 times. In these, too, he performs superbly. The Dane has competed in 16 of them and each time occupied a place on the podium. So far, he has managed to win nine rounds, came second six times and third once.
Madsen has been sensational in the TAURON SEC since the second round of the 2018 season. Of the 16 tournaments in which he has appeared, he has ridden in the finals as many as 15 times, winning the aforementioned nine of them. The only place where he did not advance to the finals was Gniezno in July 2020 (sixth place).
In his appearances in the Individual European Championships to date, the Dane has won 65 races, and seven barrages. Not counting the aforementioned performance in Gniezno of the 2020 season, the lowest place he has held since July 14, 2018 is second, which is awe-inspiring and highly commendable. Over the past four seasons, he has always stood on the podium, winning gold, bronze and two silver medals in succession.
The second round of the 2022 TAURON Speedway Euro Championship will be held on August 6th in Güstrow.
Ticket sales for each round of the TAURON SEC 2022 are still ongoing, with tickets available at www.ebilet.pl and speedwayeuro.com.
Lineup of the II round of TAURON SEC 2022 in Güstrow:
1. Bartosz Smektała (Poland)
2. Oliver Berntzon (Sweden)
3. Piotr Pawlicki (Poland)
4. Michael Härtel (Germany)
5. Adam Ellis (Great Britain)
6. Mikkel Michelsen (Denmark)
7. Daniel Bewley (Great Britain)
8. Vaclav Milik (Czech Republic)
9. Kai Huckenbeck (Germany)
10. David Bellego (France)
11. Patryk Dudek (Poland)
12. Dimitri Berge (France)
13. Andzejs Lebedevs (Latvia)
14. Rasmus Jensen (Denmark)
15. Janusz Kołodziej (Poland)
16. Leon Madsen (Denmark)
17. Lukas Baumann (Germany)
18. Marius Hillebrand (Germany)