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NO SGP PRESSURE COOK-ER FOR CRAIG

Great Britain star Craig Cook insisted “there is no pressure on me whatsoever” as he prepares for his first FIM Speedway Grand Prix season.

03 / 02 / 2018, 10:39

Great Britain star Craig Cook insisted “there is no pressure on me whatsoever” as he prepares for his first FIM Speedway Grand Prix season.

The Whitehaven-born man lines up in the World Championship for the first time after qualifying at last year’s GP Challenge in Togliatti.

People don’t expect anything of me and they’re not going to expect anything of me all season. There is no pressure on me whatsoever.

Craig Cook

Some have already written off his hopes of making an impact, but that doesn’t bother Cook. With no expectation on his shoulders, he’s determined to enjoy his SGP debut campaign. He said: “I see this year as an opportunity.

"People don’t expect anything of me and they’re not going to expect anything of me all season. There is no pressure on me whatsoever.

“I’ve ridden at Cardiff before and I know what it’s all about. I did the GP qualifiers too and it all runs the same in the FIM meetings. I am more than happy to go and do it. I’ll take it as it comes. I’m just going to enjoy my riding and see where I end up.”

This year will see Cook debut at some of speedway’s biggest venues and he’s excited to get his first taste of the tour.

He said: “I’m looking forward to all of the rounds. I have never ridden in Denmark or Sweden, so I’m looking forward to going to all these other countries. It’s going to be a great experience.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of it and it’s a pleasure to be a part of it. It’s the highest order of speedway and I have got there on my own merit. I haven’t been handed a wild card; I have earned it. I proved in the three rounds of the GP qualifiers what I can do.”

 

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