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BATCH: STAYING CLOSE TO HOME

Troy Batchelor says he opted against riding outside the UK to stay close to eight-month-old son Cruz after roaring into form for Sheffield

08 / 06 / 2021, 08:16

Aussie star Troy Batchelor admits he opted against riding outside the UK for now to stay close to eight-month-old son Cruz after roaring into form for Sheffield.

After racing to 12 points for the Tigers at home to Wolverhampton last Thursday, Batch bagged 12 paid 13 in the return fixture at Monmore Green as the visitors lost 50-40 on Monday.

The scores mark a great upturn for the Norfolk-based racer, who struggled for racing in 2020 after an ill-fated spell with Rybnik in the PGE Ekstraliga, before he ended the season with Bydgoszcz in the Polish First Division, averaging just 1.263 points from five matches.

Batchelor has previously hinted he would be open to doubling up in Britain’s SGB Championship and admits he opted against competing outside of the UK for the time being to stay close to Cruz.

But the Brisbane-born star is much happier with his form now as the British season hots up.

Speaking after the trip to Monmore Green, he said: “Things are getting better for me and I’m starting to get more into it. It was tough out there but I went well and I enjoyed it.

“I’m not riding as much as the other guys. I made a decision not to ride abroad because of my eight-month old son. With all the unknowns the pandemic brings with travelling etc, I didn’t want to leave him for months and miss all his 'firsts' - walking and talking etc.

"Things are looking much better now with the travelling side of things so I am hoping to get back to Europe. I’m also open to more bookings in the UK for sure.

“It’s a shame Sheffield couldn’t win and we had a few crashes, but we dug deep and worked hard. I’m looking forward to more meetings soon.”

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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