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Troy treating GP debut like it's his final chance
TROY Batchelor knows he must treat his Grand Prix debut this evening as if it’s the last chance he will ever get to compete amongst the world’s elite.
The Australian champion has been drafted into the final round of the GP season in Torun tonight as a replacement for injury victim Tomasz Gollob, having qualified to be the third series reserve in last season’s Grand Prix Challenge.
Batchelor was part of the Swindon Robins team which exited the Elite League play-offs at the hands of Poole on Monday night, and while he was hurt by the loss he insisted he needs to quickly forget it and focus on what is the biggest night of his speedway career to date.
“It wasn’t too good to end the season that way and it did hurt and it’s pretty sour, but I have to move on quickly because there are bigger things to think about now in the Grand Prix,” he said.
“I’m all ready and it’s pretty exciting because I’ve been waiting for this a long time.
“This could be the only time I ever get there, although I plan on being in the series a lot more, but you never know and you have to treat it like it might be the last time and ride like it’s the end.”
Batchelor has set himself a target for the meeting which he isn’t willing to share, but is confident he will be firmly in the mix all night.
“I’ve got a little target of my own which I won’t tell anyone, because if you say you’re going to do something and then you don’t do it people always remind you of it,” he said.
“I want to mix it up with them and I know I won’t embarrass myself and I am capable of winning a couple of races or something, and it’s a real test for me.
“I want to see where I’m at in my career because I have beaten all these guys before, but to do it all on the same night at the GP is a whole different game.
“There’s more I’ve got to learn, I know that, but this is all about finding out just how much I need to learn before I can mix it with these guys full-time.”
Batchelor again qualified as third reserve for 2014 following the GP Challenge in Poole in August, but is likely to take the second reserve spot due to the fact Martin Smolinski will be in the series full-time after Challenge winner Niels-Kristian Iversen secured his own place by finishing in the top eight of Grand Prix.
Brit Tai Woffinden can win the World Championship this evening if he takes six points or more in Torun.
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