No semi-final place for Batchelor in Torun
TROY Batchelor missed out on a place in the semi-finals on his Grand Prix debut in Torun this evening.
The Robins rider was on the pace all night in Poland but could only manage six points in the final round of the series in which Brit Tai Woffinden claimed the world title.
Coming off the outside gate in the opening heat of the night Batchelor made the first corner level with eventual winner Adrian Miedzinski, and despite looking quick as he used the outside line the Aussie had to settle for third behind the Pole and Leon Madsen and ahead of Swede Freddie Lindgren.
Batchelor made the first corner first in heat eight but was forced out by Nicki Pedersen, but when it looked like second place was secured the Aussie was passed by Niels-Kristian Iversen and he had to settle for a second successive third place.
The Robins man exchanged positions with Matej Zagar at almost every corner of heat 12, but it was the Australian who eventually came out on top although the battle only earned him a solitary point as his chances of making the semi-finals faded.
After three straight thirds Batchelor managed second place in heat 16 to give him a chance of making the semi-finals going into his final ride, but with three points required he could only finish third once again as he missed out.
Having gone into the meeting needing six points to become Great Britain’s first world champion in 13 years, Woffinden claimed the title in heat five after finishing first in his second outing while nearest challenger Jarek Hampel could only manage third.
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