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Aussie star Troy Batchelor admits he is keen to add some European meetings to his schedule.

25 / 06 / 2021, 11:00

Aussie star Troy Batchelor admits he is keen to add some European meetings to his schedule.

The Brisbane-born star is currently racing solely in Britain’s SGB Premiership for Sheffield after opting out of the leagues in mainland Europe due to travel concerns and the recent birth of his first son Cruz last September.

With riders now moving regularly between Britain and countries like Poland, Sweden and Denmark, subject to passing the required Covid-19 tests, Batchelor is ready to add to his Tigers commitments.

When I speak to the guys, the travelling isn’t so hard now. It is possible to travel and race and that’s what I want to do.

Troy Batchelor

He said: “When I speak to the guys, the travelling isn’t so hard now. It is possible to travel and race and that’s what I want to do. 

“Riders want as many races and meetings as they can get.

"Hopefully I can get some more meetings because it is going to be a short season.”

Batchelor felt he would get more meetings in the UK as Britain’s vaccination drive picked up pace ahead of the season.

He said: “Around Christmas things were bad, Europe was bad and I didn’t want a repeat of last year and being stuck abroad. 

“With Britain getting the vaccine sorted, I thought they would have the best chance of running. I thought I would rather stay here and just be with my family and then we could see how things went.”

Batchelor admits he even considered doubling up in the SGB Championship to increase his racing schedule.

He revealed: “I spoke with about three Championship clubs over the winter and they were keen to sign me – even on a 13.00 average. 

“There is a shortage of riders in the UK because people couldn’t travel. But I wasn’t allowed to do it, even if I came in on a 13.00 average or an assessed 12.00 or whatever.

“I made a few phone calls and so did the clubs, but nothing came of it. It’s quite disappointing really. I am one of the few riders not doubling up. The ones that aren’t like Jack Holder are riding abroad.”

Being unable to do double duty has left Batchelor kicking his heels. He said: “I am the least busy rider out of anybody at the moment, which is not where you want to be. I am kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place. My average is too high for the Championship, but I opted out of Europe. I am kind of in the middle of nowhere. I don’t know if I would go into the Championship now or not. But I am open to everything and we will see what happens.”

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