The story

 

The sport.
What does it take to handle a 180 kg motorcycle, that generates +200 break horsepower and a top speed of up to 300 km/h, in race duration of app. 40 minutes on a racetrack consisting primarily of corners and hairpin turns. Well most people's perception of Motorcycle Racers, is that they do not need the same level of fitness or physical body strength, as their soccer playing and racket swinging colleagues, but actually nothing could be further from the truth. Motorcycle Racers are often met by the prejudice "You just sit down, turning the throttle and pushing the handlebar", but actually is the physics requirements for a Motorcycle Racer is at least on the same level as a professional football player or road racing cyclists. It requires stamina when you constantly have to move your body from one side to the other of the bike, on the way in and out of the turns, and to withstand up to 2G of impact during breaking for turns.

The start.
Michael started his career as a Motorcycle Racer on the Faurskov race track course near Randers in 2004. In his rookie season he rode a Honda NSR 80cc and participated in the Danish championships on the small race tracks with good results. He quickly got a feel for it all and the following year, he moved to some bigger and faster 125cc machines. Since then he has participated in major international competitions, including European Championship in 2007. After racing in the 125cc class, he moved to a 600cc with approximate a 100 break horsepower more, and in 2011 he took the final step to the Superbike class, which is 1000cc motorcycles, where he won the Danish championship in 2013.

First season in the FIM CEV 2014.
When Michael in 2013 won the Danish championship in Superbike, it automatically secured him the entry for the 2013 European Championship finals at the “Circuito de Albacete” in Spain - and the race went very well, in fact he rode so well that he impressed a local Spanish team owner and the possibility of a cooperation with H43 Team Nobby, to race in the Spanish Championship series CEV was offered. The Spanish national championship, along with the British, is considered as one of the world's most important platforms for talent development in Motorcycle road racing. Good results here, resonates in the World Superbike paddocks and pits.

Development and a tough start.
Michael has been through a great development process as a rider. Both on a technical and strategic level it has really paid off to participate at an international level. Just before the Spanish season 2014 started, fate was hard and cruel, as a motocross accident in the beginning of the year, resulted in a complicated fracture of the left carpal bones, and it required surgery followed by at least three-month break. The doctor then informed Michael, that it could take up to one year before the fracture was healed. Michael could not wait that long for his Spanish debut, and insisted on a new operation, which was finally initiated just 2 weeks prior to the first race at “Circuito de Jerez”. The consequence was server pain in the hand and wrist. But despite the body's alarm signals that screamed “stop”, Michael completed the weekend's race and finished at 17th place – which was quit a surprise to all, just seconds from his first Spanish championship points!

During the 2014 season, Michael completed a series of races in constantly pain, which gave Michael a lot of attention and recognition. He gained more and more attention and respect in the CEV series, as his development intensified during the whole season, he was actually known as the rider with the biggest heart, but also the bravest in the paddocks, so the goal of winning the Privateer class in CEV Superbike series seems more and more possible.

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Sporten.
Hvad kræver det at manøvrere en 180 kg motorcykel med 200 hk og fart op til 300 km/t i 40 minutter på en racerbane bestående primært af sving? De flestes opfattelse af racerkørere er, at de ikke behøver samme kondition eller styrke som deres fodboldspillende og ketjser-svingene kollegaer. Intet kunne være længere fra sandheden. Roadracere mødes ofte af fordommen "Jamen, du sidder jo bare stille og drejer på gassen og styret!" Men faktisk ligger en roadracers fysik på samme højde som professionelle fodboldspillere og cykelryttere. Det kræver udholdenhed, når man konstant skal flytte sin vægt på vej ind og ud af svingene, og at kunne modstå op til 2g i påvirkning under indbremsninger til svingene.

Starten.
Michael startede sin karriere som roadracer på Faurskovbanen nær Randers i 2004. I sin debut sæson kørte han på en Honda NSR 80cc og deltog ved de danske mesterskaber på de små baner i med gode resultater. Han fik hurtigt føling med det hele og rykkede året efter op på nogle større og hurtigere 125cc-maskiner. Siden har han deltaget ved store internationale stævner, bl.a. europamesterskabet i 2007. Efter at have kørt 125cc blev det til en 600cc med små 100 hk mere, og i 2011 tog han sidste skridt til Superbike-klassen, som køres på 1000cc motorcykler, hvor han vandt DM-titlen i 2013.

Første sæson i FIM CEV 2014.
Da Michael i 2013 vandt DM-titlen i Superbike, sikrede det ham udtagelse til årets EM-finale på Circuito de Albacete i Spanien – og her gik det så godt, at der blev mulighed for et samarbejde med H43 Team Nobby om at køre den spanske mesterskabsserie CEV. Det nationale spanske mesterskab betragtes, sammen med det britiske, som en af verdens vigtigste platforme for talentudvikling inden for roadracing. Gode resultater her giver genlyd i World Superbike-pitten.

Udvikling og hård start.
Michael har gennemgået en stor udvikling som kører. Både på det tekniske og på det strategiske plan har det givet bonus at køre på internationalt niveau. Men allerede inden den spanske sæson 2014 gik i gang, var uheldet desværre ude. Et motocrossuheld i starten af året kostede Michael et kompliceret brud i venstre håndrodsknogle, og det krævede en operation efterfulgt af mindst tre måneders pause. Lægerne gav den nedslående besked, at der kunne gå op til et år, før bruddet var helet. Så længe kunne Michael ikke vente på sin spanske debut, så en operation blev gennemtrumfet bare 14 dage inden første løb på Circuito de Jerez. Konsekvensen var stor smerte i den opererede hånd. Men trods alle kroppens signaler om at stoppe gennemførte Michael weekendens løb og endte på en overraskende 17.-plads – bare få sekunder fra sine første spanske point!

I løbet af 2014 har Michael fået mere og mere opmærksomhed og respekt i CEV-serien og hans udvikling intensiveres, så målsætningen om at vinde Privateer-klassen i CEV Superbike-serien bliver mere håndgribelig.