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SAYFUTDINOV: GIVE US A BREAK!

Emil Sayfutdinov admits racing all eight FIM Speedway Grand Prix rounds in five weeks made it tougher to change his fortunes.

29 / 03 / 2021, 12:36

Former world No.3 Emil Sayfutdinov admits racing all eight FIM Speedway Grand Prix rounds in five weeks made it tougher to change his fortunes.

With the coronavirus pandemic delaying the SGP 2020 action, the season was condensed into an epic series of double-header weekends, contested between August 28 and October 3, with Sayfutdinov claiming eighth place in the World Championship.

While SGP rounds on successive weekends have become nothing unusual in recent years, riders often have at least two weeks between events to make changes to bikes and engines; recover from any injuries, or mentally reset after a bad round.

For me it is no problem. Racing two days in a row in the Grand Prix is not so bad. If you have some things to change, it can be tough.

Emil Sayfutdinov

There’s no doubt the chance to watch SGP rounds on both Fridays and Saturdays was popular with many fans.

But Sayfutdinov admits a break between rounds is a bonus as he looks forward to a more staggered series in 2021. He said: “Everything happened so fast last year and there was no time to recover or change something with the engines.

“If we had started in April or May, we’d have breaks between one or two rounds and this is always helps. You can change an engine or buy a new one.

“But if it’s like last year, you don’t have time. You have league meetings and two days in a row of GPs. This is hard for us.”

For some riders, racing two SGP rounds in 24 hours can pay off big time. Bartosz Zmarzlik won both Prague rounds on September 18 and 19 to pocket 40 points and take a tight grip on the world title race.

“Maybe someone who is winning would be happy,” Sayfutdinov. “But someone who is losing won’t be happy.

“For me it is no problem. Racing two days in a row in the Grand Prix is not so bad. If you have some things to change, it can be tough.

“If you have the same equipment on the Saturday, you can only think about changing the sprocket. If you don’t have another engine, you have nothing different to test on the Saturday. So that is a problem.”

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