WARD: TITLE OUT OF MY HANDS
Darcy Ward admitted the SGP title race is "out of my hands" as he breaks from the series to fly the Aussie flag in the Monster Energy SWC.
18 / 07 / 2014, 13:03
Darcy Ward admitted the SGP title race is "out of my hands" as he breaks from the series to fly the Aussie flag in the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup.
The 22-year-old stars for his country against Team Great Britain, the United States and Italy at King’s Lynn on July 26, with the winners progressing to the Final at Bydgoszcz on August 2.
Ward meets his main World Championship rivals at the Norfolk Arena, Tai Woffinden of Team GB, who leads the standings on 90 points, and USA captain Greg Hancock, who is second on 87.
Getting the better of world speedway’s form men in the Monster Energy SWC would be the ideal lift for Ward as he prepares for the second half of the SGP season, which gets underway in Riga on August 16.
The way Woffy and Greg are riding, it’s going to be very tough for me. It’s out of my hands now. It’s in their hands what happens.
But he admits he is up against it in the race for gold. Ward, who is nursing a torn left cruciate ligament, said: “I’ve had a couple of bad rounds, so to be 15 points behind is a lot, but they can have bad rounds too so we’ll hope for that.
“I’ll take a medal, but I’ll need a bit of fortune to come my way to take the gold medal. It does happen, but the way Woffy and Greg are riding, it’s going to be very tough for me. It’s out of my hands now. It’s in their hands what happens.”
Ward was much happier with his gating in Cardiff and feels he has improved as a rider over the course of the year, even if it hasn’t always showed in his results.
He said: “I had some good starts in Cardiff – I was really happy with them. I think we can all say they’re a little bit better this year. That’s a good feeling for me and I don’t always make them, but I’m improving.
"Last year I was scoring better points, but I was not riding as well as I am now. It’s a little bit weird, but I’m enjoying it.”
Ward says his knee ligament injury, which requires surgery in October followed by six months on the sidelines, is no longer affecting his scoring as the rider adapts to the physical weakness.
He said: “I have struggled in some rounds since the injury, but I didn’t want to give up my opportunity to try and be world champion. I’m definitely not as comfortable as I’d like to be. But I’ve adapted to it and it doesn’t faze me. Injuries aren’t really in my head at the minute.
“Now I can get away with most things. It’s taped up pretty heavily and on tracks where it’s a bit rough, it takes more of a battering. But it’s fine.
“I haven’t been cycling as much as I should. I was doing a lot when I first needed to get back on the bike, but since I started riding, when I’m home for two days, I want to go to the beach. It’s tough.”