ROSCO: NOW I'M CHASING GOLD
Great Britain team manager Alun Rossiter admitted “I won’t be happy until I get a gold” after celebrating Monster Energy SON silver.
11 / 06 / 2018, 08:05
Great Britain team manager Alun Rossiter admitted “I won’t be happy until I get a gold” after celebrating Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations silver in Wroclaw on Saturday.
The Lions topped the heat scorechart over both days of the Final, finishing a point ahead of Russia. But Russian pair Artem Laguta and Emil Sayfutdinov got the verdict when it mattered most, finishing second and third behind Tai Woffinden in the grand final to seal the country’s first world title.
This is a success. It’s as simple as that. I’ll take it as a success but I won’t be happy until I get a gold.
The Brits still toasted their first medal of any colour won outside of the UK since England claimed silver in the World Team Cup at Bydgoszcz in 1995.
Rossiter hailed the result as real progress and now he’s determined to lead the Lions to their first world title since 1989.
He said: “I’m slightly disappointed, but I shouldn’t be really. I got criticised a couple of years ago when we got silver in our own country, but we’ve come to Poland and beaten them in their own back yard. That’s a massive step forward.
“When it all sinks in properly, we shouldn’t be too down on ourselves. I know the boys aren’t. I’m super proud of all three of them.
“It was a team event; it wasn’t just about one or two riders. Everybody played their part and we have a silver medal. I should be really happy and I am. Silver is better than bronze and I’ll say now for 100 percent that there are five other teams that would rather be in our position than where they are now.
“The bottom line is we finished top going into the Grand Final – we won by a point. If it was done on a straight points race, we won the World Championship!
“We didn’t, but we did ourselves proud and that’s all you can ask. If anyone moans about that, I don’t care. This is a success. It’s as simple as that. I’ll take it as a success but I won’t be happy until I get a gold.”
Rossiter admits he has had much less to do since the Great Britain Speedway Team was taken over by management and commercial rights holders VRX Motorsports, led by Rob Painter and Vicky Blackwell.
With a dedicated team handling everything from fitness and nutrition to travel and media activities, Rossiter admits he was initially taken aback by his reduced workload. But he’s enjoying life as part of the new setup.
He said: “It’s good for the brand Great Britain speedway. It’s great for Rob and Vicky – they have done an absolutely fantastic job and hats off to them. They have taken the pressure off me. When things are going on behind the scenes, they’re the ones taking the brunt of stuff and I’m just there team managing.
“I struggled for a while at the beginning because I was so used to doing everything, but now I am really comfortable with it and everyone’s roles and what we’re doing. It’s all about teamwork.”