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TUNGATE: I'M GLAD I RACED ON IN 2020

Former Aussie champ Rohan Tungate has no regrets about accepting Poland’s pandemic pay cuts to continue his progress in the sport.

10 / 01 / 2021, 12:57

Former Aussie champion Rohan Tungate insists he has no regrets about accepting Poland’s pandemic pay cuts to continue his progress in the sport.

While some riders chose to sit out last season, Tungate jetted back to Europe, where he raced for Polish First Division club Lodz and Swedish team Lejonen.

The Kurri Kurri-born racer impressed as he racked up a 2.348 average, putting him third in the league’s average charts. His efforts also earned him the chance to guest for Zielona Gora in the PGE Ekstraliga play-offs.

While Tarnow signing Tungate admits the coronavirus pay cuts cost him dearly in what should have been a lucrative campaign, he is glad he raced on while other riders opted to take a year out.

He said: “Some riders said ‘no, I am not going to Poland because it’s not good money.’ But maybe if they went they would have broken even, sat on the bike, had a very successful season and had a big contract for 2021. Now that rider who didn’t ride is unknown.

“It was a tough one, but I feel I made the right decision and it definitely paid off for me. I was always going back. I accepted the money situation and how the contracts were very early. I just went with it, put my head down and had a good season. I approached it well and it turned out well for me.

“It was a crazy year. Some dealt with it and accepted the fact you were not going to make much money.

“I didn’t make big money this year. I made money. But after the season I had, I should have made a lot. I didn’t because of Covid, but I have set myself up for next year and got a good contract.”

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