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ELLIS: STILL AIMING FOR THE TOP

Great Britain star Adam Ellis insists he’s still targeting the top, insisting “everyone racing speedway wants to be in the GPs."

13 / 03 / 2020, 12:15

GB star Adam Ellis insists he’s still targeting the top, insisting “everyone racing speedway wants to be in the GPs and wants to be world champion.”

Ellis has lifted two SGB Premiership titles in three years with the Swindon Robins. He has also raced in the FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship and served as his country’s reserve in the FIM Speedway World Cup.

Swindon team manager Alun Rossiter believes the 23-year-old has been something of a slow-burner in the sport. Speaking earlier this winter, he said: “I always say to him he should be in line with where Robert Lambert is at the moment.

Of course, everyone racing speedway wants to be in the GPs and wants to be world champion. You wouldn’t be in it if you didn’t set your targets high. But I know that’s not something that’s going to happen overnight.

Adam Ellis

“That’s not a criticism – some people progress at different speeds. But if Adam could push himself a little bit more – he’s so laidback – he more than has the potential to be one of the top Brits. He says to me he’s a slow-burner. But I’d love him to push himself a little more.”

Ellis insists he’s still determined to make it to the sport’s highest level, but knows getting there takes some riders longer than others.

“I’m not racing to stay where I am at the minute,” he insisted. “Obviously everyone who races speedway wants to be up at that top level. When I first started out and came over to Britain at 16, a lot of people would put pressure on and say ‘in five years time you’re going to be doing this and that.’

“It hasn’t quite worked out that way, but I still feel I am progressing every year. If next year is the year I jump up to that level, then that would be awesome. I am doing everything I can at the moment.

“It’s tough when you have guys like Robert Lambert, who came in at 16 and was a No.1 by 18 or 19. There are not many guys like that around. I think it’s a bit harsh comparing the majority of us to Robert. He is an extraordinary rider. He is very talented.

“My plan is to get up there. I am trying everything I can. The goals haven’t changed from when I was 16 to now.

“Of course, everyone racing speedway wants to be in the GPs and wants to be world champion. You wouldn’t be in it if you didn’t set your targets high. But I know that’s not something that’s going to happen overnight.”

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