EMIL: LIGHTER SCHEDULE SUITS ME
Emil Sayfutdinov insists his Polish and Russian league dates are enough to keep him sharp for the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.
14 / 02 / 2019, 09:45
Russian star Emil Sayfutdinov insists his Polish and Russian league dates are enough to keep him sharp for the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.
The Leszno man will be chasing a third straight PGE Ekstraliga title with the Bulls this summer, as well as returning to his homeland with Balakovo.
But Sayfutdinov has decided against adding any further league commitments to his calendar, opting out of the Swedish, Danish and British leagues.
If I have a lot of meetings in Poland, Sweden and the Grand Prix, you start to feel tired in the middle of the season. I don’t like this feeling, and it’s better if I keep enjoying this sport.
The majority of SGP stars race in Poland and Sweden, with some taking on either the British or Danish league as well.
But competing in two or three countries every week for seven or eight months of the year doesn’t work for Sayfutdinov.
He said: “I love to spend more time at home. I have more time for myself and I have more time for going to the gym and doing motocross or pit bike training.
“If I have a lot of meetings in Poland, Sweden and the Grand Prix, you start to feel tired in the middle of the season. I don’t like this feeling, and it’s better if I keep enjoying this sport.
“In Russia, I have six meetings extra and I think that will be good. I’m sure there will be some practising and testing during the season.”
Racing just two league meetings per week doesn’t work for some riders. Former world champion Jason Doyle remains a regular in the SGB Premiership with Swindon, as well as riding for Rospiggarna in Sweden and Torun in Poland.
And Danish champion Niels-Kristian Iversen has raced in four different leagues for much of his career, competing in Denmark, Poland, Sweden and Britain, although he is yet to announce a UK deal for 2019.
While Sayfutdinov understands his schedule wouldn’t suit some, he insists less is more for him.
“When I spoke with Doyley, he told me he needs to ride more meetings because it makes him feel better,” he said. “I don’t need that. I need to feel I have good speed and feel good myself.”