EMIL UP FOR SGP MEDAL RACE
Russian racer Emil Sayfutdinov declared “it’s time to fight for some medals” as he makes his FIM Speedway Grand Prix comeback in 2017.
The Salavat-born star is back in the sport’s big time after receiving a permanent wild card from the SGP Commission.
Last time the Piraterna and Leszno man raced in the World Championship, he chased Tai Woffinden hard for the 2013 title, and hugely-talented 27-year-old is being tipped to pick up where he left off.
"I want to be strong and fight to be world champion. This is my dream. I want to be on the podium."
- Emil Sayfutdinov
Sayfutdinov has admitted he needed time away to resolve a number of injury and financial issues before he returned.
And now he’s ready to make up for lost time by chasing the sport’s top prize. He said: “I’m very happy to be back and I’ve started preparing for next year in the GP. I want to be strong and fight to be world champion. This is my dream. I want to be on the podium.
“I needed the time to prepare my head for coming into the Grand Prix. This is the perfect time. I’d been preparing for the GP and I got the wild card, so that was great for me. Now it’s time to fight for some medals.”
Sayfutdinov starred in the Speedway European Championship during his time away from the SGP series, winning the title twice. But he admits he missed SGP life.
He said: “Of course when I watched the Grand Prix, I missed it a little bit. But I had the European Championship and I thought about this. I had a plan to do my best in the SEC and I got two gold medals.”
While an early-season shoulder injury hampered Emil’s efforts this year, the St Petersburg-based man says he’s fighting fit for 2017.
He said: “This year was tough because I had an injury at the beginning and then later I lost some points. Now it is time for the GP and I am preparing 100 percent. So we will see how it goes.
“I had the injuries, but now everything is okay. I am just trying to do my best in the gym to prepare for the new season. I think everything will be okay with my condition.”
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