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ROSCO BAFFLED BY BATCHELOR OMISSION AT RYBNIK

Swindon team manager Alun Rossiter is worried Troy Batchelor’s confidence could be hit by being left out in the cold by Polish side Rybnik.

10 / 07 / 2020, 11:04

Swindon team manager Alun Rossiter is worried Troy Batchelor’s confidence could be hit by being left out in the cold by Polish side Rybnik.

The PGE Ekstraliga newcomers have won just one of their opening meetings against basement club Gorzow and are one of the favourites for relegation.

Despite the team misfiring, Batchelor has made just one appearance so far this season – taking just one ride at Grudziadz on June 23, finishing at the back, before being dropped for the rest of the meeting.

For me as a Swindon manager, I’m worried I am going to get a rider back who isn’t riding and could be a bit scarred from it all.

Alun Rossiter

Having seen Batchelor finish second in the SGB Premiership averages and form a title-winning partnership with Jason Doyle at Swindon last season, Rossiter is baffled that Rybnik won’t turn to the former FIM Speedway Grand Prix star.

The club is set to operate rider replacement for the injured Andzejs Lebedevs at home to Leszno this evening rather than draft in Batchelor.

The former GB boss understands Batchelor is defeating team mates in practice races, so he’s stunned he isn’t being selected to compete in the PGE Ekstraliga.

He said: “He’s in Poland and having a hard time. He is beating people in practice races and saying ‘what do I need to do? Win it by a straight?’ I don’t know what’s going on there.

“He has paid for 17 tyres to go out in practice and do the sparring heats. They put the tapes down and he wins the races. But he’s still not in the team. They gave him one ride, dropped him and didn’t pick him again.

“For me as a Swindon manager, I’m worried I am going to get a rider back who isn’t riding and could be a bit scarred from it all.

“I just don’t understand their mentality. There are a lot of good clubs, but obviously there are some very strange clubs that have a different mentality of how they go about things.

“He has been absolutely fantastic. For the last two years he has been absolutely on the money for me.

“This is not Troy talking. This is me talking as his manager at Swindon. I am absolutely baffled how they can treat him like this.”

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