06/01/2017, 12:33

Mildura favourite Justin Sedgmen is targeting Aussie Championship glory as he seeks to put himself in the shop window for a British league job.

Sedgy topped the heat scorechart in the opening round at Gillman last Wednesday, before being pipped to victory by Dave Watt in the A Final. That left the pair tied on 17 points at the top of the standings going into round two at Mildura on Saturday.

"So far, my biggest problem is not having a contract in Britain, where I’m struggling to find one. I hope that these results will help to sort it out."

- Justin Sedgmen

Sedgmen, who won at Olympic Park in round four last year, hopes to make the most of hometown advantage once again in his efforts to take charge of the Aussie title race.

A top-four finish would put him in the running for a place in this year’s FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualifying race. But a more pressing matter is securing a job in the UK.

He said: “I think that first off, I’d like to win an Aussie title. Then, I’d like to go from there to the Grand Prix, which every speedway rider dreams of doing. I think I have the bikes and other things to be there.

“So far, my biggest problem is not having a contract in Britain, where I’m struggling to find one. I hope these results will help to sort it out.”

Sedgmen was delighted to see off a stellar field in Gillman to secure second spot ahead of Aussie internationals Troy Batchelor and Nick Morris in the A Final.

He said: “If someone said I was going to finish second, I would have been up for that after crashing in my first race.

“I was riding really well all night, got a good score but was not so fast from the start in the final. If I was in front, Dave wouldn’t have caught me.

“But big congratulations to him after that horrible last year. It shows how hard he has worked to come back.”

It’s fair to say Sedgmen knows Olympic Park well. His father Gavin Sedgmen is Mildura club president and his brother Ryan is also heavily involved in the running of the venue.

So Sedgmen hopes to take full advantage of his local knowledge. He said: “It’s good going to Mildura because I go well around there.  It’s my hometown where I won last year.

“I’m looking forward to it. There’s a little bit of pressure but there’s pressure everywhere. I rode for Zielona Gora in Poland last year and that was real pressure! My experience from this track makes me think it’s going to be good.”

AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1= Dave Watt 17, Justin Sedgmen 17, 3 Nick Morris 14, 4 Troy Batchelor 12, 5= Sam Masters 10, Rohan Tungate 10, 7 Max Fricke 9, 8= Ty Proctor 6, Jack Holder 6, 10= Jaimon Lidsey 5, Todd Kurtz 5, Brady Kurtz 5, Josh Pickering 5, 14 Cooper Riordan 4, 15 Mason Campton 3, 16 Jordan Stewart 2.


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