STEFAN Nielsen described as an “absolute pleasure” riding for Pirates in 2021 – despite his campaign being shortened by injury.

Nielsen crashed out during the first heat of Pirates' SGB Championship meeting at Birmingham Brummies back in September.

After colliding with opponent Valentin Grobauer, he fell heavily, sustaining fractured ribs and a broken collarbone.

The Denmark-born British racer was however present to see Pirates lift the SGB Championship crown earlier this month, to seal a double with the Championship Knockout Cup.

Speaking at that time, Nielsen said: “The team did a great job and they have been doing really great all year. It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with them.

“It’s a real shame that it’s coming to an end with (Rory) Schlein retiring as well. That’s not ideal for me, he has been really, really helpful in the pits.

“I know he hasn’t had the captain’s armband but he has been really emotional and a standout guy for me. It’s true.”

Asked about his affinity to Pirates, Nielsen replied: “How can you not love coming here and riding your bike in front of the fans that you’ve got here?!”

The two-time British under-19 champion now has his focus set on being ready for 2022.

Asked earlier this month what the winter had in store for him, Nielsen replied: “A little bit more relaxing, which I do love.

“I’m taking it a little bit slow, my collarbone is still twice the size it’s supposed to be – it’s taking a bit of time to lift the heavy weights.

“Another month off I would say and then back into the fitness regime getting ready for the new season.”

At the time of writing, Pirates are yet to announce any of their confirmed riders for next season.