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German star Martin Smolinski insists “I’m not nervous. I’m just focused” ahead of his full-time FIM Speedway Grand Prix debut in Auckland.
02 / 04 / 2014, 04:00
German star Martin Smolinski insists “I’m not nervous. I’m just focused” ahead of his full-time FIM Speedway Grand Prix debut in Auckland on Saturday, and said “I think I will surprise a little bit.”
Smolinski has been busy setting up his pit area and machines at a gloriously sunny Western Springs ahead of the New Zealand SGP.
The Munich-born racer may go into this series as one of the underdogs for the World Championship, but the 29-year-old has no fear ahead of his big day and believes he has the form to make an impact.
I’m not nervous. I’m just focused. I’m prepared and all my team is working very hard. We have worked very hard all winter.
He said: “I’m not nervous. I’m just focused. I’m prepared and all my team is working very hard. We have worked very hard all winter.
“We are going a different way with no Polish or Swedish league, but if you saw my pace in the Speedway Best Pairs at Torun, I think we’re on the pace. We still have to set up some stuff a bit different. But I had good speed and I was happy.
“I think we will surprise a little bit. My personal goal is top 10. That’s my focus and I think I’m very well set up.
“My engine tuner Tornado has done some very good engines. We’re working well together. He has worked with Greg Hancock and he knows what I need.”
Asked how he rated his semi-final hopes on Saturday, he replied: “We will see what happens. I think that’s a goal …”
Smolinski turned heads at Western Springs with a very professional pit corner for his SGP debut season. But this is nothing new for No.84.
He said: “It’s the way we are working. That’s the way I have worked for the past five to seven years. That’s what I want to show on television. This is a professional motorsport and I want to support my sponsors. I’m nothing without my sponsors.
“I’m very up-to-date with what I’m doing and in some ways, I’m a step ahead. I’ve been using the No.84 for the past five years and I’ve sold thousands of caps and t-shirts with my number on. That’s how to make a sport professional.”