Swindon Robins snap up Swede Gustafsson

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SIMON Gustafsson is convinced a change of scene will do him good after penning a deal to ride for Swindon in 2014.

The Swede has only ridden for Eastbourne since beginning his British career in 2007, but is now set for a fresh challenge at the Abbey Stadium after joining the club on a 5.17 average.

Gustafsson scored 10+1 at Blunsdon for the Eagles last season, and 7+1 on both his previous visits in 2011, and while he admitted the track is not a particular favourite of his the 23-year-old is pleased to have the chance to make an impression at a new club.

“I’m looking forward to it although I said before I would stay at Eastbourne if I stayed in England, but Rosco has offered me a great chance and I’m really pleased to move to a club like Swindon,” he said.

“I think I needed a change having been at Eastbourne so long and I’m looking forward to it. It’s not my favourite track particularly but I seem to go good round there.

“I’ve never ridden with any of the other riders before so I want to get to know them and get a good team spirit and try to take back the title. We all want to be part of a winning team because that’s a huge part of sport and I’m really up for it.”

Robins team manager Alun Rossiter is pleased with his new recruit, having previously ridden alongside Gustafsson’s father Henka, and has backed the Swede to be a success in his new surroundings.

“I always look for a rider who has more to come and with no disrespect to Eastbourne he’s stagnated a bit, even Trevor Geer (Eastbourne team manager) has said that.

“I’ve seen Simon blast around the outside of Leigh Adams at Swindon and he won a couple of races against us this year, so I just think he has something about him and needs a new challenge.

“Sometimes you can be at a club and sit comfortable, so this is a good chance for him to kick on.

“He’s very laid back and a likeable character, so he should fit in fine.

“I raced with his dad Henka at King’s Lynn and I remember watching Simon on a bike at a World Under 21 meeting and thinking he was he spitting image of his dad.

“He’s young still and this fresh challenge will help him improve, so I’m really excited about it.”

Gustaffsson joins new skipper Troy Batchelor, number one Peter Kildemand and Aussie Nick Morris in the main body of the Robins side, with 4.47 for the fifth and final member.

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4:44pm Thu 19 Dec 13

mikeinwanborough says...

This looks like a good signing, if he can find his form of old. Top five is shaping up to be a good, solid unit. Other teams may have more firepower, but may end up top heavy. I still think the reserves will play a very important part, even if they don't end up taking 7 rides, as some did last season. Those two reserve races, with the potential for a 10-2 advantage, could make a massive difference. I still haven't seen any rules around averages, but I'm guessing the reserves will be reserves all season, regardless of whether their averages would lift them into the top 5?
This looks like a good signing, if he can find his form of old. Top five is shaping up to be a good, solid unit. Other teams may have more firepower, but may end up top heavy. I still think the reserves will play a very important part, even if they don't end up taking 7 rides, as some did last season. Those two reserve races, with the potential for a 10-2 advantage, could make a massive difference. I still haven't seen any rules around averages, but I'm guessing the reserves will be reserves all season, regardless of whether their averages would lift them into the top 5? mikeinwanborough

5:28pm Thu 19 Dec 13

Di kanny oh says...

Brilliant signing and Simon will score far more than his mediocre 5 point average. I tweeted Rosco and Andy Warren to go and get this rider but also though Timo Lahti would fit in but Simon's average showed wrong on the Elite riders list at 4.88. Mind you at 5.17 what a signing I can see him becoming our third heat leader easily. Have heard that Aussie Brady Kurtz is being looked at who is the younger brother of Tod but Dakota North would be another rider worth looking at. Brady is a rising star over in OZ and has just signed for Somerset but looks a huge prospect. I did wonder what average Pavlic would come in on surely if a 4 point he would be the best option and a steal.
Brilliant signing and Simon will score far more than his mediocre 5 point average. I tweeted Rosco and Andy Warren to go and get this rider but also though Timo Lahti would fit in but Simon's average showed wrong on the Elite riders list at 4.88. Mind you at 5.17 what a signing I can see him becoming our third heat leader easily. Have heard that Aussie Brady Kurtz is being looked at who is the younger brother of Tod but Dakota North would be another rider worth looking at. Brady is a rising star over in OZ and has just signed for Somerset but looks a huge prospect. I did wonder what average Pavlic would come in on surely if a 4 point he would be the best option and a steal. Di kanny oh

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