Gutted, gutted doesn’t even cover how I feel after Saturday night’s result against Ipswich.
The way the Bandits scratched and clawed their way back into the meeting was inspirational, but the crushing blow of losing it all in the last race wasn’t something that we deserved after doing all the hard work to give ourselves a chance of the win.
However it wasn’t to be, but boy it wasn’t for that lack of effort, that’s for sure!
The lads are giving it all they have, and we can’t ask for much more from them at the moment! They say good things come to those who wait; well the Bandits faithful must be in for a hell of a good thing when the time comes!
Talking of good things, the remainder of the World Cup, sorry, the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup certainly didn’t disappoint! The race off had a bit of everything, controversy, surprise results and some absolutely spectacular racing!
Many people expected Australia to sail through the race off and straight into the final and to be fair, with Jason Doyle back in the side I expected them to do the same. They were hands a further advantage when Russia lost the services of Grigorij Laguta who was suspended due to a failed drug test and thrown out of the meeting.
But the Russians were inspired by an unbeaten performance by Emil Sayfutdinov and with relative unknowns Vadim Teresenko and 17 year old reserve rider Gleb Chuganov really stepping it up and bursting on to the world stage with a bang, there was nothing the Aussies could do to stop them.
Let’s not forget the Latvian side, inspired by the red hot form of Andrej Lebedevs who is fast becoming one of the most exciting riders on the scene who were undoubtedly one of the most entertaining sides of the World Cup campaign.
Also a word for the USA side who, as expected, found the going just a little bit tough at that level but what an experience for those young guys. All of whom must have put themselves in the shop window for a team place in Europe.
The scenes in heat 20 when Luke Becker picked up an unexpected win for the side too was a sight to behold, and that along with the Latvian sides jubilant celebrations at making it so far were among the highlights of the competition itself.
The final itself also proved to be a fantastic meeting and although the Poland side winning wasn’t really a surprise, they were made to work awfully hard by Sweden, buoyed by a massive 20 point haul from Antonio Lindback, who was in majestic form.
The Poland Team proved to be just too strong but the nature in which they were winning races was spectacular with their riders pulling lines that simply shouldn’t exist and generating ridiculous amounts of speed. This made for some absolutely obscene speedway as had been the theme for much of the week.
Sadly for the Russian side they were unable to emulate their heroics of the previous evening but they did pick up the bronze medal at the expense of Team GB, who battled hard for little reward. Chris Harris and Steve Worrall rode really well and were in the thick of the action for most of the night, which was encouraging. Robert Lambert battled hard and was on the pace and although he found points hard to come by there is little doubt that he is a rider on the up with plenty of time on his side to become a force on the world stage.
Captain Craig Cook struggled for speed all night and he nobody will be more disappointed than the man himself. While I have been critical of him in the past, there is little doubt that he has matured as a rider and as a person this season. His talent aboard a speedway bike has never been in doubt but he will have to seriously up his game if he has aspirations of being a Grand Prix rider next season.
I feared before the World Cup started that Team GB would really miss a rider of the quality of Tai Woffinden and in the final so it proved. While I realise that no one rider is bigger than the team itself surely the time has come for both parties to set aside whatever differences they have and work together towards a common goal?
Irrespective of anyone’s opinion on Woffinden he has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he has all the tools to be a winner and you wouldn’t bet against him adding to his two world titles in the future to become the most successful British rider ever.
With that in mind, surely anything that the likes of Steve Worrall, Robert Lambert and even Craig Cook can pick up off him and utilise has to help Team GB going forward?
You would like to think so but I guess we will have to watch this space….
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Until next time…and there will be a next time.
Right I’ll hae’tae gan