ROSCO'S SECOND STATEMENT
Swindon Robins team manager Alun Rossiter has made a second bold statement in as many days by re-signing former GP star Troy Batchelor.
22 / 11 / 2019, 06:00
Swindon Robins team manager Alun Rossiter has made a second bold statement in as many days to his SGB Premiership rivals by confirming Troy Batchelor’s return to the Abbey Stadium.
Batchelor, who last raced in the Grand Prix series in 2015, starred for the Blunsdon outfit this term as they scooped the SGB Premiership and Supporters’ Cup double. It was the first time the club had managed to win both major British trophies in the same season.
Everything about Swindon works for me - from the fans to the track and getting paid on time
Such was Swindon’s dominance, some fans feared Batchelor may have ridden himself out of a job at Swindon because of his high average coupled with promoters' decision to freeze the Premiership's points limit at 42.5. But former Team GB boss Rossiter was keen to reward the Queenslander for his loyalty to the Robins, and consequently offered a fresh contract.
Batchelor admitted himself he was taken a little by surprise when Robins’ 54-year-old boss phoned asking if he’d return. But he is ultimately delighted to be back racing in orange and red.
“Everything about Swindon works for me - from the fans to the track and getting paid on time,” said Batchelor.
“I was sitting there hoping my average wasn’t too high. There aren’t many other teams I would want to race for. There was a chance I could fit into other teams, but I didn’t want to ride anywhere else. It hasn’t come to that, and Rosco (Alun Rossiter) has managed to fit me in which is awesome.
“I’m very pleased because I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else.”
Batchelor’s re-signing announcement was made 24 hours after it was confirmed that 2017 world champion Jason Doyle had also penned a deal with the Robins. Both Australians proved a force to be reckoned with in heats 13 and 15 in the season just finished. And Rossiter’s ‘nightmare twins’ certainly aren’t finished yet.
Batchelor added: “Myself and Jason (Doyle) in heats 13 and 15 is a strong finish. That’s what we planned for in 2019 and it worked great. We had a lot of strong finishes and sometimes that was important in us winning meetings. It’s the same plan for next year.
“I know how the team is shaping up, and it’s looking good.”