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EMIL: WE'RE STILL IN THE GAME

Russian star Emil Sayfutdinov insisted “we are still in the game” as his nation bids for its first ever speedway senior world title tonight.

09 / 06 / 2018, 10:03

Russian racer Emil Sayfutdinov insisted “we are still in the game” as his nation bids for its first ever speedway senior world title in the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations at Wroclaw tonight.

The Salavat-born star scored six points on Friday as Russia moved into second place in the Finals on 23, placing them just two behind leaders Great Britain (25).

SGP star Artem Laguta dropped just one point on his way to a sensational 17, while Sayfutdinov was blighted by setup struggles. But the former world No.3 was happier with his pace towards the end of the meeting and hopes to keep it going in Final 2.

We are still in the game and we can do anything. For sure it was a tough meeting. We just need to focus on our points on Saturday.

Emil Sayfutdinov

He said: “We are still in the game and we can do anything. For sure it was a tough meeting. We just need to focus on our points on Saturday.

“I had a little bit of a problem with the setup, but by the end of the meeting I had good speed. Hopefully we can keep that on Saturday and I can score some more points. Then we will try to get to the Grand Final and win.

“Friday was a tough meeting and we need to focus on tonight. It’s a different day and I don’t know how the track will be. Hopefully it will be the same and our setups and bikes will be working.

“Friday was so hot and my bike didn’t work like I wanted. But Artem scored good points and he had a good day. I just need to find some good speed and try to score some points.”

Russia have never won a speedway world title at senior level – over an individual, pairs or team format.

Double World Under-21 champion Sayfutdinov would love to see that change tonight and hopes it can elevate the sport in his homeland.

He said: “We can make history, but there is no pressure. We’re doing it for our country. The situation is very bad in our country – we haven’t even had team t-shirts or suits like the other countries.

“We’ll just try to make history and then hopefully things will look up in Russia. But there is no pressure and we’ll try to enjoy it.”

 

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