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BATCH READY FOR TIGERS NO.1 ROLE

Aussie star Troy Batchelor insists he’s ready for the challenge of being Sheffield’s No.1 rider as he prepares for his Tigers debut.

05 / 05 / 2021, 11:48

Aussie star Troy Batchelor insists he’s ready for the challenge of being Sheffield’s No.1 rider as he prepares for his Tigers debut.

The British-based racer joined forces with former FIM Speedway Grand Prix rival Jason Doyle to inspire Swindon to an historic SGB Premiership league and cup double in 2019.

They were set to team up again last year, but the 2020 UK season was cancelled due to the pandemic, with Swindon then announcing their withdrawal from the league for 2021 due to Covid-19 concerns and building work at Blunsdon.

Not having Doyley means I’ll be expected to be up there but I’m ready for a new challenge with Sheffield and I’ll do my best.

Troy Batchelor

This forced Batchelor to head north to Yorkshire and while the former King’s Lynn man won’t have Doyle’s scoring support, he is confident he can shine as Sheffield’s No.1 rider in a side which also features the likes of Jack Holder, Adam Ellis and Kyle Howarth.

He said: “Not having Doyley means I’ll be expected to be up there but I’m ready for a new challenge with Sheffield and I’ll do my best.

“All I ever do is go out there and try my best. It was great to be back on the bike recently and I’m really looking forward to joining Sheffield.

“Any No.1 rider has a target on their back and I’m just looking forward to having a good season because last year wasn’t very good for me.”

Batchelor endured a nightmare 2020 season in Poland. He was bizarrely left out of the side by Rybnik as the club went on to suffer relegation, before making a mid-season move to First Division side Bydgoszcz, where he raced five meetings, averaging 1.263 points per race.

The Aussie international has rarely struggled for points in the UK, though, and believes regular races rather than constant practice sessions will bring the best out of him.

He said: “I was in Poland a lot and they are all about practice over there. I got through about 20 or 30 tyres and didn’t have a meeting during that time.

“I was in for one meeting and then back out again. It was so frustrating. It’s tough over there.

“At least being back in England with Sheffield I’m going to get plenty of meetings and I’m happy to forget about last year.”

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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