SWINDON ROBINS: Batchelor focused on title tilt

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon's Troy Batchelor Swindon's Troy Batchelor

TROY Batchelor will not let the heartbreak of narrowly missing out on a place in the 2013 Grand Prix series knock his confidence as the Robins’ Elite League title challenge hots up.

The Australian led Saturday’s Grand Prix Challenge in Croatia before eventually missing out on one of the three world championship places on offer during a series of run-offs after five riders were locked on 10 points.

But he bounced back in style to score 13+1 in the Robins’ huge 55-35 semi-final first-leg win at Birmingham on Monday night, and Batchelor is determined to focus on the positives rather than dwell on his GP disappointment.

“I always believe in myself, and if you don’t there is no point in racing,” he said.

“I have mixed it up in the World Cup before and I have done well, and I mix it in Poland every weekend with the best riders and I have done it there too.

“I am out there to win every time and I never want to come second, and I feel confident in the way I am riding.

“Every year I am getting a better base and I feel like I improve on my gating, passing and focus, and there is still a lot of time for me.

“I know I will be there one day, because I only turned 25 the other day and you look at some of the guys at the top of the Grand Prix and they are pushing 40 and winning championships.

“But the most important thing now is winning the Elite League for Swindon, and that is what I will focus on now.”

Despite eventually being edged out by Lukas Dryml and Leon Madsen in the GP Challenge run-offs, Batchelor was proud of the way he performed.

“I had a pretty good night and I was really happy with the way I rode there, and I threw a few elbows and made some good starts and did what I have been doing all year,” he said.

“I did what I wanted to do, but five riders finishing on 10 points was really tough. Everyone was stealing points off each other, and if I had two gate ones instead of two gate threes then I think it might have been a different story.

“But shoulda woulda coulda, and I have to move on. My bike packed up in one of the race-offs and the spare didn’t cut it in the next one, and at the end of the day I am proud of my efforts.”

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8:27am Wed 3 Oct 12

Rovin Robin says...

"Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.
"Muhammad Ali"
Proud of you all..
"Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even. "Muhammad Ali" Proud of you all.. Rovin Robin

8:44pm Wed 3 Oct 12

mikek says...

Troy has had a very good season especially towards the end even though he struggled with set ups and motors early on but sorted them out big time and has looked like the Batch of old. This guy could become a top rider as he says just leaving is 24th year in this world he is still a youngster. On his day he really is a top rider and can certainly give Ward and Holder a run for their money. I would like to see Hans and Troy back again to have some continuity next season and very happy with these two riders. Hans has been terrific and got dialed into the track pretty quickly and has been a solid rider and excellent signing. Good luck Roscoe and the boys and go and stuff one up those Pirates in the final.
Troy has had a very good season especially towards the end even though he struggled with set ups and motors early on but sorted them out big time and has looked like the Batch of old. This guy could become a top rider as he says just leaving is 24th year in this world he is still a youngster. On his day he really is a top rider and can certainly give Ward and Holder a run for their money. I would like to see Hans and Troy back again to have some continuity next season and very happy with these two riders. Hans has been terrific and got dialed into the track pretty quickly and has been a solid rider and excellent signing. Good luck Roscoe and the boys and go and stuff one up those Pirates in the final. mikek

7:32am Thu 4 Oct 12

oldlegtrailer says...

The big shame about success in speedway is - you build a real team have a good year and then lose it because there is no money in the sport. The successful teams lose a % of their riders to subsidise the minnows and you start all over again. Only Poole have consistently overcome this by creative cheating.
The big shame about success in speedway is - you build a real team have a good year and then lose it because there is no money in the sport. The successful teams lose a % of their riders to subsidise the minnows and you start all over again. Only Poole have consistently overcome this by creative cheating. oldlegtrailer

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