Sweden’s Alexander Woentin made his way to the U21 World Championships when he came fifth in the qualifying race in Güstrow. He won four out of his five heats and had he scored two or three in his fourth run instead of zero, he would have won the competition ahead of Poland’s Jakub Miskowiak. Instead, the Czestochowa rider came first followed by Mads Hansen (DEN), Jonas Seifert-Salk (DEN), Jan Kvech (CZE) and behind Woentin in the final qualifying slot was Steven Goret (FRA).
Not only that but all three of the wildcard places were chosen from this qualifier in Germany – Matteusz Swidnicki (POL), Lukas Baumann (GER) and Matthew Gilmore (AUS) as well as track reserve Norick Blödern (GER). That gives the 21-year-old confidence going into his final junior world championships, “I know that I’ve beaten many of these guys before and I came third in the U21 European Championships last year, so I know what I can do,” he says with confidence.
The Swede’s season has been a mixture of highs and lows. Whilst it was great to finally get to race in eWinner 1 with Unia Tarnow, the club have struggled and after 8 matches he finished with an 0.875 average, “It’s hard when you lose another 5:1 to find your motivation,” he admits honestly. Having moved back to his home club, Vetlanda for the 2021 season, Woentin has just made a mid-season transfer to Motala Piraterna. The club is also where his Danish U21 World Championship rival, Jonas Seifert-Salk, races in Sweden, “I was often put in as reserve so Vetlanda agreed to a loan to Motala so I can get more racing. I haven’t raced much there but it has always gone well here so I’m, looking forward to a new challenge,” he says. He will also continue to “double up” and race in Sweden’s second division, Allsvenskan with Hagfors Valsarna.
With less than a month to go, this could be the perfect way to warm up for the U21 World Championships. “You’ve got to be consistent across three competitions to win,” he says, “I am just going to take it one Round at a time and take as many points as I can,” he says about his strategy. At junior level, Woentin is three-times national champion (2018-20), once European bronze medallist (2020) and whilst he is modest about his achievements, he would be very pleased to add a World Championship podium finish to his already impressive resume.