SWINDON ROBINS: Robins on Zagar alert ahed of Belle Vue visit
ALUN Rossiter is expecting his Robins to feel the full force of Matej Zagar as the Slovenian returns to Blunsdon with Belle Vue this evening.
The former Swindon number one only managed eight points on his previous visit to Wiltshire this season as the Aces crashed to a 60-33 defeat, and looked a shadow of the rider who is currently competing for a top eight spot in the Grand Prix series.
Rossiter is expecting a much improved display from Zagar tonight, but would be disappointed with anything less than maximum points for his side.
“I don’t think he will have a GP hangover this time, and I’m sure we will see an awful lot more from him this time,” he said.
“We will see a different Matej Zagar this time I’m sure, and if he was my rider and he rode like he did last time then I would have been very disappointed.
“He’s a classy rider who should be scoring so many more points, and last time when he felt like getting himself into gear at the end of the meeting he won a race for fun which tells me he wasn’t putting his heart and soul into it.
“This is a big meeting for us and we need to win, and I would be very upset if we didn’t come away with all the points from this one.
“We have our full team out in this meeting, and when we have done that before we have taken apart all the top teams at Blunsdon so we just need to go out there and do it.”
With the Robins, Birmingham and Wolverhampton all-but assured of their places in the play-offs, Rossiter believes Poole have the best chance of taking the last remaining spot despite Peterborough’s storming end to the season.
“I really don’t know what’s going to happen, although I still think Poole are in the box seat even though Peterborough are on a bit of a run,” he said.
“I think Poole have that little bit more in the bank, and Peterborough still have a lot of ground to make up.
“They have the momentum, but there are more teams ahead of them who have a better chance I would say.”
Swindon top two Hans Andersen and Troy Batchelor have the small matter of Saturday’s Grand Prix Challenge at Poole on the horizon, but Rossiter doesn’t expect the meeting to play on his riders’ minds.
“They will be concentrated fully on us I’m sure, because they are sensible guys who take one meeting at a time,” he said.
“Troy got all the way to the end of the meeting last year and was in with a real chance, but then missed out, and it’s going to be a real hard meeting for them again. There are so many riders in there who can win it, and the competition is going to be really tough on everyone.”
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