RIDER ROUND-UP: EMIL SAYFUTDINOV
SGP Rider Round-up finds out what the 2017 FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars got up to during the winter months. Today, it’s Emil Sayfutdinov.
While the Russian racer usually calls St Petersburg home during the off-season, he also enjoys flying off in search of sunnier climes to get ready for action. So Sayfutdinov was delighted to spend February based in Girona, getting to grips with Spain’s motocross and enduro tracks.
He said: “When it’s either snowing or raining in Poland, I was in the sun getting ready to ride. Spain is an ideal place for this type of training. Catalonia is literally peppered with great tracks for motocross and enduro.
"I looked for demanding enduro tracks to get used to the speed and feel the handlebars in my hands. I think it’s the best way to ride in the winter."
- Emil Sayfutdinov
“In Spain, I do mainly enduro. The sharp jumps in motocross are not needed by me. I preferred the ruts for different type of test. Of course, when I did motocross, I jumped, but did not focus on it.
“I looked for demanding enduro tracks to get used to the speed and feel the handlebars in my hands. I think it’s the best way to ride in the winter.”
Sayfutdinov caught up with Polish enduro legend Taddy Blazusiak, who lives in nearby Andorra – the tiny state SGP star Freddie Lindgren also calls home.
“Me and Taddy were in constant contact,” Sayfutdinov said. “I can tell you that Taddy may have retired, but he does not slow down! He still trains and selects the really challenging tracks.”
Sayfutdinov is very much a family man. And with a busy summer of speedway ahead of him, there was no way he was going to spend February away from his family. “The family was with me!” he said.
“I would be hard to endure such a long separation, so I took them all with me to Girona. I am the homely type and that suits me the most. I like resting after training in the company of loved ones. After exhausting activities you can take a walk together and just stay together. For me, it is extremely important.”
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