EMIL KEEPING PACE IN TITLE RACE
Emil Sayfutdinov admits his sensational speed deserted him for the Betard Wroclaw SGP semis, but he was delighted to keep pace at the top.
11 / 08 / 2019, 10:00
Russian racer Emil Sayfutdinov admits his sensational speed deserted him for the Betard Wroclaw SGP semis last weekend, but he was delighted to keep pace at the World Championship summit.
Sayfutdinov left the Olympic Stadium with a very handy 14 points after topping the heat scorechart on 13 on August 3. But he was only able to add one to that tally in the latter stages as he exited the meeting in semi-final one.
The Salavat-born star has reached four SGP semi-finals this season, converting just one of them into a final when he topped the podium at the Norrbil Swedish SGP in Hallstavik.
I had some really good speed, to be honest, even though my starts were so bad. I was able to build the speed on the outside and pass. I was really happy with that.
But his consistent scoring has made all the difference and Sayfutdinov heads into Saturday’s Scandinavian SGP level on 61 points with Bartosz Zmarzlik and Leon Madsen at the top.
While Sayfutdinov was somewhat disappointed not to make the Wroclaw final last weekend, he left content with his night’s work.
He said: “I am happy about last Saturday. I scored some important points. Of course the semis didn’t go like I had planned, but still I got there. Anything more and I would have been happy.
“I had some really good speed, to be honest, even though my starts were so bad. I was able to build the speed on the outside and pass. I was really happy with that.
“The bike is working very well. I took gate one in the semi-final and the start was not so bad, but I still lost the start to Martin (Vaculik). I didn’t have the speed I did before, so I missed the final.
“But I would just like to say thank you to my team and thanks to Ashley (Holloway) my tuner for making me the engines.
“I’d also like to say thank you to my family of course and thanks to my sponsors. They make me stronger and feel good on the track. That’s why it’s happening for me at the moment.”