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BECKER INTO SGP QUALIFIERS

American international Luke Becker looks forward to taking his shot at FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualification.

13 / 01 / 2020, 12:48

American international Luke Becker looks forward to taking his shot at FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualification after finishing second at the FIM North America Final on Saturday.

The Wolverhampton star was pipped to top spot by former Coventry rider Billy Janniro, who won the meeting on 14 points.

Becker tied on 13 with USA team mate Broc Nicol, before beating his rival in a run-off to seal a spot in the SGP qualifiers.

Janniro has not raced full-time in Europe since 2008, and if he opts against contesting the SGP international rounds, Nicol will take his place.

Becker scored six points at the semi-final in Lamothe Landerron last year to miss out on a berth at the GP Challenge in Gorican.

But he’s expecting to contest the Glasgow round this year and hopes to earn a place in this year’s GP Challenge at Slovak venue Zarnovica on July 11, where the top three riders will be guaranteed qualification for SGP 2021.

He said: “Glasgow is a track that I think might suit me. I haven’t been there yet, but I am looking forward to it.”

Becker starts his third season racing in Europe this year and admits life as a full-time speedway rider has been a great experience.

He said: “I’m loving it. It’s a blast. It’s a lot different than it is back home. To be able to say I am racing speedway for a living is awesome.

“Travelling around and racing is something that teaches you a lot mentally. You’re away from your home, family and friends and it’s a lot different. But I am loving it and really looking forward to this year.”

There was also good news for Gino Manzares, with fourth place and 12 points good enough to secure him a UK visa for 2020 if he receives a job offer.

However, SGB Championship newcomer Poole is the sole second-tier club yet to complete their septet, while Ipswich and Peterborough are the only Premiership sides with openings.

 

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