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Aussie star Troy Batchelor admitted “I'm just desperate to go racing again” after making the move to Sheffield.

27 / 01 / 2021, 21:13

Aussie star Troy Batchelor admitted “I'm just desperate to go racing again” after making the move to Sheffield.

Batchelor lost his SGB Premiership team place with champions Swindon when the Robins withdrew from the league due to coronavirus concerns and planned building work at their Blunsdon base.

With Tigers forced to part with Nicki Pedersen due to Polish rules limiting riders to racing in one other national league, this opened the door for Batchelor to join the Owlerton outfit. The move means Tigers have released Richard Lawson, who has been made available to other clubs.

I'm just desperate to go racing again and this is a great boost for me because when Swindon first called me to say they wouldn't be racing this year, I was seriously concerned I'd miss out.

Troy Batchelor

After a tough season based in Poland, which saw Batchelor bizarrely frozen out of the Rybnik team, before moving to Bydgoszcz, the Norfolk-based ace can’t wait to line up in Britain again.

He said: “I'm delighted to get the call from Sheffield and I’m pleased to be a part of their first season back at the top level.

“I'm just desperate to go racing again and this is a great boost for me because when Swindon first called me to say they wouldn't be racing this year, I was seriously concerned I'd miss out.

“But everything has fallen into place with Sheffield and I can't wait to get some laps in there.”

Batchelor admits he hasn’t visited the high-speed Yorkshire track in a long time, but he is ready to help Tigers mount a title bid.

He said: “It has been a while since I rode there last and to be honest it was quite choppy back then, but I know it's different now.

“I've been online and taken a look at the impressive stadium facilities too. The place looks amazing and I can't believe they've been a second-tier club for so long. They should be in the top division and I'm pleased they've made the move.

“I know how the team is shaping up and I'm excited by it. I certainly believe we have what it takes to present a major challenge in the league this year.”

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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