SCOTT'S CARDIFF CAMEO
Wednesday 22nd August 2012, 12:15
FIM Fogo British SGP wild card Scott Nicholls admits there are moments when he misses Grand Prix life, but not enough to push for a full-time World Championship comeback.
The Ipswich-born racer earned his spot at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday by winning a record-breaking seventh British Final at Wolverhampton on July 30.
Nicholls has been one of Britain’s leading lights for the past decade and raced full-time in the SGP series from 2002 to 2009.
This is the third straight season the Coventry man has lined up in the No.16 race jacket in the Welsh capital. But Nicholls admits the time still isn’t right to make himself a more regular fixture in the competition.
"I know that if everything goes right, Iâ€™m capable within myself of performing well in the Grand Prix. There is no reason why I couldnâ€™t."
- Scott Nicholls
Asked if he missed Grand Prix racing, he said: “Yes, I do – a little bit. At first I didn’t. It was a relief not to be in it just because it’s very tough if it’s not going right.
“But sometimes when I’m watching in the Sky Sports studio, I look at these meetings and think it would be pretty cool to be part of them again.
“Right now, my desire to do that is not enough for me to go through the process of trying to qualify. The feeling may get stronger and the point may come when I decide that’s what I want to do.
“If I get that feeling and those thoughts, I’ll do everything in my power to get in there and be successful.”
Nicholls knows he has what it takes to shine on the sport’s biggest stage. But having struggled to 15th in the World Championship in 2009, he is all too aware it can be a tough world when a rider’s form dips.
He said: “I know that if everything goes right, I’m capable within myself of performing well in the Grand Prix. There is no reason why I couldn’t.
"It’s just a case of maintaining that consistency over the course of a season.
“Because I’d had a long while in there and the last couple of seasons were not what I wanted them to be, it really did drag me down. I wasn’t enjoying my speedway.
“It’s the best job and the easiest job in the world when you’re enjoying it. But when you’re not, it’s probably one of the toughest and I’m aware of that. I’m a bit older and wiser, so I can look at it in a different way now. I’ve also got other priorities in my life. Things have changed – I’ve got my wife Sophie and our little girl Maya now.
“I’ve got to do what I feel is right for the bigger picture. Right now, I’m enjoying what I’m doing and that’s the right thing to do. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it and we’ll see what progresses over the years.”
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