THE ANDY WARREN COLUMN: First few heats could be crucial
6:00am Monday 30th September 2013 in Sport
HERE we go then, either the Robins are going to march into their second straight Elite League final or their season is going to limp to an underwhelming end.
A 10-point lead seems to be enough for Rosco’s Robins, but that can be swallowed up in the blink of an eye.
As Greg Hancock rightly says in today’s paper, three 5-1s and 12 shared heats will see the Pirates through.
The first three or four heats will shape this one, and if Swindon’s lead remains intact, or is indeed increased, after every rider has been out on the track once then it will take something very special for the home side to overcome them.
If the Robins lose tonight some will be quick to criticise the decision to ride at home first, but by doing things this way round Rossiter has two tactical rides up his sleeve.
Pirates could come back to level things up on aggregate, but the Robins will be able to send someone out in black and white due to the fact they would be 10 down on the night, and that’s a real advantage.
I can’t see past Swindon making the final to be honest.
Elsewhere I was really pleased to see Troy’s place in the final Grand Prix of the season confirmed this week.
Riding against the best riders in the world has been top of the Aussie’s agenda for some time, and he’s entered 2013 with a real focus and a desire to make the best of himself.
It’s finally paid off for him, and not before time either. After winning the Australian Championship in the winter I really can’t understand why Jason Bunyan, a rider born in Milton Keynes but spends his winters in the land of the long white cloud, was picked ahead of him.
Yes, I know Batch isn’t a New Zealander but he would have been a much more deserving wild card. No disrespect to Bunyan who has been a faithful servant to the sport.
It’s a shame it’s taken three big injuries for Troy to get his chance, but he now has to take it because, let’s face it, he’s never going to get handed another opportunity unless he earns it himself.
He’s not going to get a series wild card due to the presence of fellow Aussies Chris Holder and Darcy Ward, and he’s never going to get a meeting wild card because they are too quickly given out to riders like Adrian Miedzinski who have all had their chances in the past and never made the jump.
Plenty of people are quick to write Troy off due to his manner in the past, but this is a totally different man to the one who first came to Europe as a teenager.
A top eight finish will prove those people wrong, and you know what, it’s certainly not beyond him.
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