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GP debut a pleasant surprise for Troy
TROY Batchelor thought his dream of making his Grand Prix debut in 2013 had passed him by before his place at Torun was confirmed yesterday.
The Australian champion will ride in the final round of the series at the Marian Rose Motoarena on October 5 as a replacement for Tomasz Gollob, with the Polish icon’s season ended by neck and back injuries he suffered last time out in Stockholm.
Batchelor has been third reserve for the series all season but has yet to see any action despite a string of injuries to some of the world’s best riders, and although the Robins star is sad to see the likes of Gollob, Chris Holder and Emil Sayfutdinov on the sidelines he is pleased to finally get his chance on the world stage.
“There were a few things on websites seeing Gollob’s season was over and I started thinking about it, injury sucks but the GPs seem to have been a bit of a curse for people this year,” he said.
“Loads of guys seem to have been going down and missing out which is really bad because we don’t want to see that, but it’s worked out pretty lucky for me.
“I thought this year was pretty much over for me in terms of the Grand Prix, but in some of the best things come late and it would be great to be involved in the last GP of the year.
“I always do things late and I’m never on time so this just goes to show that can work out, and I had wheels in motion to get ready for it with engines away getting serviced and I’m practicing in Poland tomorrow.
“If I get a go I want to be able to give it the best shot I can and I will be fully prepared.”
Batchelor felt he deserved to be given the wild card for the season opening New Zealand GP having won his national title in the winter, but now he’s got his chance he’s determined to take it.
“I should have maybe got a go before, but it’s so tough to get in there and this is the chance to show what I’m made of,” he said.
“I’ve done it before and I did it on Monday night beating top guys like Greg (Hancock) and Darcy (Ward), and I’ve had a really good season in Europe.
“I’m in the top 15 averages in Europe which is one of the world’s hardest leagues, and it’s no fluke I am where I am and I want to show everyone what I’m made of. If I do, you never know what can come of that.”
Swindon captain Hans Andersen is now the next series reserve in line for Torun, meaning if there are any further injuries to Grand Prix regulars in the lead up to the meeting he will take their place.
Meanwhile, Batchelor has signed a new deal with Swedish club Vastervik having helped them make the Elitserien play-offs in 2013.
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