TONIGHT’S British Grand Prix in Cardiff will have very little influence on Alun Rossiter’s Great Britain team for the World Cup, with the Robins boss having already made his mind up.
Tai Woffinden, Chris Harris and Craig Cook fly the British flag at the Millennium Stadium this evening, with all three in contention for places in Rossiter’s four-man team for event one at King’s Lynn on July 26.
With Danny King and Simon Stead also thought to be serious contenders for the side, some have labelled wild card Cook’s display tonight as a vital factor in Rossiter’s selection, but in truth the decision has already been made with the team likely to be announced on Monday.
“Obviously I want to see (Swindon skipper) Troy Batchelor go really well but this time I have to have my Team GB hat on a little with Tai, Chris and Craig Cook there,” he said.
“I hope they go really well because it would be great to see a British rider win it, but we have a big few weeks coming up.
“I’ve made my mind up and the team will be announced after Cardiff. I’m going with what I’ve got.”
“It’s about riders who are going right at the right track and there are a few on the up, but racing in the World Cup is another two or three levels up.
“Craig (Cook) hasn’t been performing that good at the moment but we’ll have to see after the weekend.”
As well as Woffinden, Harris, King, Stead and Cook, Rossiter’s 10-man provisional squad also includes Lewis Bridger, Ben Barker, Richie Worrall, Lewis Kerr and Richard Lawson.
Rossiter and his Britain side take on an Australia side likely to contain Batchelor at King’s Lynn in Event One, as well as a USA team spearheaded by two-time world champion Greg Hancock.
Italy secured the final spot in Event One with victory at Terenzano last weekend, beating Germany, Slovenia and a severely under-strength Russia side.