ARTEM: IT'S IN MY HANDS
Russian racer Artem Laguta insists his FIM Speedway Grand Prix future is “in my hands” as he goes into tonight’s Torun SGP.
06 / 10 / 2018, 09:33
Russian racer Artem Laguta insists his FIM Speedway Grand Prix future is “in my hands” as he goes into tonight’s Torun SGP, determined to secure his World Championship future.
Laguta is ninth in the standings on 77 points – just one behind compatriot Emil Sayfutdinov, who occupies the eighth and final automatic qualification place for SGP 2019.
With world No.2 Patryk Dudek still recovering from surgery on a broken arm, the Pole is stranded on 84 points in seventh and Laguta has a huge opportunity to overhaul his rival.
It’s in my hands. I’m not looking in front or behind me; if I do well, the points will count themselves at the end.
Despite being outside the top eight for now, the Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations winner believes he in control of his own destiny.
Speaking via manager Rafal Lewicki, he said: “Hopefully I can have one of my best rides here. It’s important to get a place in the top eight.
“I know everything is in my hands whether Patryk is here or not, although I wish him all the best with his recovery. It’s better when the full line-up is here.
“It’s in my hands. I’m not looking in front or behind me; if I do well, the points will count themselves at the end.”
Laguta is determined to secure a second straight SGP season and continue mixing it with the sport’s elite.
He said: “For sure, I would like to stay. I have really enjoyed the game this year. Competing with all the best riders in the world is something special and it’s not the same as any of the leagues.
“The atmosphere is very good and it gives you the chance to become a better rider. I’m on my way to improving my career and I have found the right way to do it. We have learnt a lot as a team and we look forward to the future. We’ll do our best and hopefully that will be enough to be in the top eight and have an easier winter. Then we can prepare for next year.”
Laguta visited some of the SGP tracks for the first time this year, but he’s no stranger to Torun – a circuit almost all the sport’s big names have raced in PGE Ekstraliga action.
“I feel very good and very positive here,” he said. “On some of the tracks I felt very good and on some of them a little bit worse. But the Torun track is one I have already been to before.
“The key is to have the proper setup on the bike. When the bike is working very well, then it’s easier to race.”