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SGP BID FOR TUNGATE

Australian Championship runner-up Rohan Tungate says “anything is possible” as he gets set for a shot at the SGP qualifiers this year.

11 / 02 / 2019, 09:50

Australian Championship runner-up Rohan Tungate says “anything is possible” as he gets set for a shot at the FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualifiers this year.

The Peterborough and Lodz star, who won the 2018 Aussie title, finished second to Max Fricke in this season’s series – ending the campaign with a six-ride maximum at home track Kurri Kurri.

His efforts may not have been enough to retain his national crown, but they have earned him one of Australia’s places in the SGP qualification semi-finals alongside Fricke and 2012 world champion Chris Holder.

I’d love to reach the SGP series, but it all comes down to a bit of everything – luck with your gate picks when it comes to GP qualifiers and different other things. It’s all luck and you have to be on form.

Rohan Tungate

A podium position there would hand Tungate a spot at the GP Challenge in Gorican on August 24, where the top three land places in SGP 2020.

The Ipswich asset showed his SGP class in 2017, winning two races as a track reserve at the Australian SGP in Melbourne.

And he would love the chance to put his unbeaten World Championship record to the test as a full-time SGP rider.

“I know what I can do when I’m on my good form,” he said. “I just have to plug away this season and be prepared for the semi-finals. Hopefully I go into the GP qualifiers with my best form. I think I’m on the right track with my bikes and engines and everything. If my form is there, anything is possible.”

Tungate was a late starter in the sport after beginning life on two wheels in road racing. The 29-year-old believes he has what it takes to continue progressing on the shale.

“I think I can go further and further,” he said. “I just need to make that break. I have taken a few risks and spent some money to get where I am. I know what it takes to progress. I just have to keep plugging away and we’ll see.

“I’d love to reach the SGP series, but it all comes down to a bit of everything – luck with your gate picks when it comes to GP qualifiers and different other things. It’s all luck and you have to be on form.

“I just have to do my best to make the GPs. It’s something I’d like to do and we’ll see what happens. I just have to enjoy my speedway, do the right things and it should be alright.”

 

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