LAGUTA'S MIND GAME
Artem Laguta’s manager Rafal Lewicki says the Russian will be working to improve his mental approach as he bids for SGP 2020 success.
13 / 10 / 2019, 12:54
Artem Laguta’s manager Rafal Lewicki says the Russian will be working to improve his mental approach this winter as he bids for FIM Speedway Grand Prix success in 2020.
Laguta finished 11th in this year’s SGP World Championship, but retained his place in the series courtesy of a wild card from the SGP Commission.
Having finished sixth in the standings in 2018 and won back-to-back Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations world titles, Laguta has proved his class on the sport’s grandest stage.
He knows to be a complete rider, he needs to do more work on the mental way and this is the goal for this winter.
Lewicki says the rider is grafting hard to deliver the results, but admits working on the mental side of his game will help him progress.
He said: “He’s the Speedway of Nations world champion and has put a lot of effort into the sport this year. He trains very hard every day.
“This season we have missed a little bit of luck – and maybe spark. He hasn’t been fully confident during the racing and he knows that as well.
“He knows to be a complete rider, he needs to do more work on the mental way and this is the goal for this winter.”
Laguta suffered a broken collarbone in the early weeks of the season, but recovered in time for the opening SGP round in Warsaw. Lewicki admits the layoff didn’t help his chances of hitting the ground running.
He said: “He has struggled this season from the beginning when he got injured. He never got into the season properly.
“We were hoping to get into the top eight, but the others were a little bit better. Congratulations to them. Now we have to find what we need to do better to get stronger for next year.
“Artem feels he can do something more in the Grand Prix. He was only three points away from the top eight. He lost three points when he was leading one of the races in Hallstavik and the bike stopped. Those points were very costly.
“The Grand Prix is good fun for him and hopefully he can show something good next year.”