WATT A FEELING!
Aussie ace Dave Watt admitted “I feel so much better about riding my bike and it shows” after storming into top form with victory in the Australian Championship opening round at Gillman on Wednesday.
After enduring a 2016 season plagued by problems on and off the bike, Watt headed Down Under for the Aussie summer, determined to train hard and get back to his best.
And the Rye House star underlined his progress by winning the Gillman A Final ahead of Justin Sedgmen, Troy Batchelor and Nick Morris.
"I’m happy and that’s the reason I’m doing well and enjoying my speedway. I’m enjoying a lot of things at the moment."
- Dave Watt
Watt, who qualified for the last four on 13 points, is joint top of the overall standings on 17 with Sedgmen, who led the heat scorechart on 14.
Queensland state champion Watt went into the four-round series, which continues at Mildura on Saturday, determined to build on his hard work ahead of his return to Europe in the spring.
And it’s clear some time in his homeland has made all the difference. He said: “I’m over the moon. I feel so much better about riding my bike and it shows.
“It was really good. I was on top of the bike setup all night, making decisions, and they were working out for me. I felt fast all night and I just had a really great time. I enjoyed riding the bike.
“I’m happy and that’s the reason I’m doing well and enjoying my speedway. I’m enjoying a lot of things at the moment.”
Watt, who turns 39 on Friday, saw off a youthful field, featuring the likes of World Under-21 champion Max Fricke, former SGP star Batchelor, and Aussie internationals Sam Masters, Nick Morris and Brady Kurtz.
But age is no barrier to a man full of desire to get back to his best. He said: “I’m fit, healthy and happy. I’m more than happy I can go and do my job, and it doesn’t matter what age I am. I know I’m going to be able to win races.”
Watt knows he faces a real test in round two of the series, as Mildura local and track specialist Sedgmen bids to make his vast experience around Olympic Park pay in the battle for top spot.
“Sedgy is really quick around there,” he said. “But I won a meeting there the other day – the Jason Lyons meeting. I know I am pretty quick around there. I’m sure it’ll be a different track preparation to last time and I’ll have to start from square one again.
“But they’re all going to be tough and it doesn’t take much for someone to be down the line. It’s really tight and really tough. I think it will be like that the whole series.
“All the boys are riding well and it genuinely is a really tough line-up. But I’m really looking forward to the next round and I’ll take each race as it comes.”
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