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EMIL'S OVERNIGHT TURNAROUND

Russian racer Emil Sayfutdinov was pleased to bounce from a tough Friday in Gorzow with his first FIM Speedway Grand Prix final of 2020.

16 / 09 / 2020, 20:17

Russian racer Emil Sayfutdinov was pleased to bounce from a tough Friday in Gorzow with his first FIM Speedway Grand Prix final of 2020.

The Salavat-born star heads to rounds five and six in Prague this weekend placed eighth in the World Championship on 36 points – nine short of the top-six automatic qualification places and 30 adrift of leader Freddie Lindgren.

Sayfutdinov scored seven points at round three in Gorzow last Friday, before bouncing back with four straight race wins and claiming fourth place in the final and 14 on Saturday.

This season is very intense and everything is happening within a few weeks. We can have four rounds in a week and we don’t really have time to test something else like before.

Emil Sayfutdinov

The Leszno hero was pleased to pull some points back on the second day. He said: “The Friday was hard for me. It was difficult to find some good speed and make good starts. I had a big problem. But then I went back to Bydgoszcz, slept at home and the next day I was ready to change things.

“It started working on the Saturday after my second heat. My points total now is not so bad. I am still missing some points, but it was good to reach the final. I scored important points for the championship.”

This year’s SGP series is being staged over five weeks instead of the usual five months due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The unusual circumstances have tested all of the world’s riders in different ways and Sayfutdinov admits such a condensed calendar can make it tough to resolve issues when they arise.

He said: “This season is very intense and everything is happening within a few weeks. We can have four rounds in a week and we don’t really have time to test something else like before. We also can’t use different tracks.

“In the GP, my engine and setups haven’t worked, but I am working hard with my team to try and go forward.”

This is the first year SGP rounds have been staged as double-headers. Prague hosts Visit Czech Republic SGP round five this Friday, before Aztorin SGP round six takes place 24 hours later.

Racing two high-stakes meetings in such close proximity tests the endurance of even the world’s top stars. But Sayfutdinov says riders are getting to grips with the unique challenge.

He said: “It’s not so bad. We have some experience of how to do it now – how to recover after the first GP and prepare for the second.”

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