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Batchelor feared the worst after Monday's crash
TROY Batchelor feared he had suffered an injury which would have kept him out of the play-offs after he hit the deck in Monday’s victory over Lakeside.
The Australian jumped out the gate in heat 13 as he and partner Hans Andersen looked set for a 5-1, but Hammers guest Cameron Woodward hit a rut on the inside of turn one and collided with Batchelor to send him to the floor.
Robins boss Alun Rossiter sprinted across the centre green to check on his rider’s condition and was later followed by the rest of the team, and despite some initial concern the 25-year-old was back on his feet and followed Andersen to a maximum in the re-run.
Batchelor admitted even the slightest injury may have forced him out of next Monday’s play-off semi-final first leg clash with Poole, but was just pleased to be in one piece following the heavy crash.
“I’m alive which is the first thing you need to be happy about after you have a big one, and I certainly didn’t need anything like that just before the play-offs so I’m happy just to walk away,” he said.
“Turn one was a bit dodgy and there’s quite a big hole there which needs to be fixed, and I was with Hans and normally he goes on the inside and maybe he was a little scared of it and went wide. I went inside then Cam hit the hole and took me out, but he’s a good, fair, rider who wouldn’t do anything bad so it was a real accident.
“Normally everything just goes black for a bit then you ask yourself if you’re alive and what’s broken, and I felt okay so I have to be very happy with that.
“If it had been any injury at all I would have been missing at least the first round so to be in one piece is great.
“I have a week off now, so I need to get the bikes sorted and rest a little and prepare for the play-offs.”
Rossiter was also relieved to see his rider walk away from the nasty looking crash with nothing more than bumps and bruises.
“I have never run so fast across the centre green because I just had visions it was his collarbone or shoulder or something like that,” he said.
“I absolutely freaked but I was really pleased to get there and see him laughing at me because I ran so fast.
“It could have been a lot worse and I’m pleased we have all come through.”
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