CRUMP SET FOR BRITISH FINAL DEBUT
Jason Crump insisted “I am not putting any pressure on myself” after he was announced as a shock entry into the British Final at Ipswich.
16 / 09 / 2020, 09:44
Triple world champion Jason Crump insisted “I am not putting any pressure on myself” after he was announced as a shock entry into the British Championship Final at Ipswich on September 26.
Born in Bristol, the Aussie great initially retired from the sport after the 2012 season, but was due to make a UK comeback with Ipswich Witches in the SGB Premiership this year.
With the season cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, it appeared that had been put on hold. But Crump will now take to the Foxhall shale with the chance to land his first British Championship at the age of 45.
I have got no expectations, no predictions, nothing to gain from this meeting except getting out and racing against some good riders and I want to see where I stand.
Despite only racing on a casual basis since his last professional appearance at the 2012 Torun SGP, the Belle Vue legend is likely to start among the favourites on reputation alone.
Crump, who holds a British passport, is delighted to be taking part, but insisted he is not going into the meeting with huge expectations.
He said: “I’m in the UK, I have come back to ride, we all know everything that has happened this year and it has been frustrating with one thing and another.
“Ipswich is my new home track and why not take the opportunity to go and have a run out against the best guys that are going to be available to race at that time? I think it is definitely worthwhile.
“Personally I am not putting any pressure on myself to do anything. I have not raced against guys of this calibre for a quite a while. I have got no expectations, no predictions, nothing to gain from this meeting except getting out and racing against some good riders and I want to see where I stand.”
British Speedway chairman Rob Godfrey said: “The inclusion of a legend of the sport like Jason adds spice to the event. He’s been working with British youngsters recently and is a big supporter of British Speedway.
“These are unprecedented times and with some riders unavailable we are working overtime to secure the best and most attractive line-up for this event.
“It’s important the meeting is a big success both on and off the track, particularly as one of the pilot events for the government looking at reintroducing spectators to stadia.”