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EMIL EYES SGP RETURN

Emil Sayfutdinov says he’s crossing his fingers for an FIM Speedway Grand Prix wild card after admitting injury ended his qualifying bid.

14 / 10 / 2016, 12:29

Russian racer Emil Sayfutdinov says he’s crossing his fingers for an FIM Speedway Grand Prix wild card after admitting injury ended his qualification plans.

The Salavat-born star was nominated by his federation for the SGP qualification quarter final at Gorican on May 2, but withdrew.

Sayfutdinov says injury forced him to abandon that bid, but he could still gain selection for the 2017 World Championship if he gets a wild card from the SGP Commission.

I have to count on the favour of the organisers distributing wild cards or start in the qualifying rounds next year.

Emil Sayfutdinov

After three years out of the sport’s elite, the former world No.3 says he’s missing the series.

He told Sportowefakty.pl: “I miss it. Few people know that I was due to start in qualifying rounds for the series this season. I’m sorry the injury I had thwarted my plans. So I have to count on the favour of the organisers distributing wild cards or start in the qualifying rounds next year.”

Sayfutdinov must wait for the SGP Commission’s decision until at least after the season-closing QBE Insurance Australian SGP at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium on October 22.

But one thing which has been confirmed his is return to Leszno for 2017. The Russian international admits he couldn’t have envisaged signing anywhere else.

He said: “I remain in Leszno and very glad about this. Actually, I could not imagine leaving there.”

Sayfutdinov is often asked whether he’d consider a British Elite League return. But he insists it’s not on the cards for 2017.

He said: “The priority is the league Polish and Swedish. At this moment it is not the British league.

“I suspect that many fans would welcome me there and this is very nice. I raced in England several seasons ago. There was a great atmosphere, both in the team and in the stands.

“However, from a sporting point of view, it’s simply a league at the moment I do not need. I'd rather have a little more free time, which I can spend on training or with my family.”

 

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