“DREAM big and believe.”
That is Alun Rossiter and his Great Britain side’s motto as they go in search of a World Cup medal in Bydgoszcz this evening.
The Swindonian led his country to a superb victory in Event One a week ago to secure their place in the final but, not content to settle for simply making the main event, he is now targeting a spot on the rostrum.
Rossiter knows it’s no easy task with hosts Poland, Denmark and Race-Off winners Australia standing in their way but, with a mixture of belief, luck and positivity, he is convinced his side can come home with something to show for a good week’s work.
“We need to dream big and believe, there’s been far too much negativity around it all and we need to get over that,” he said.
“People seem to moan about things for the sake of it but after Saturday things seem a lot more positive. I think people now realise what I’m about and what I want for this team.
“The Danes are strong and the Aussies are very good and of course it’s going to be a very hard meeting.
“On Saturday we went out in front of a partisan crowd and the boys did the job, they were amazing, but now we go there with no pressure and have the chance to express ourselves.
“The target has to be to get a medal, realistically if we can go out and have a little belief in ourselves then anything can happen.
“The pressure’s on the Poles to do well and with Denmark and Australia we are going to be the underdogs.
“We were the underdogs on Saturday and we won comfortably but, if we could do it then, why can’t we do it now.?
“It’s not as if it’s a horrible track or anything like that, the boys will love riding on it.”
“Dream big and believe, that’s our motto.”
Having previously lavished praise on skipper Tai Woffinden, the Robins boss was equally forthcoming when asked how remaining riders Chris Harris, Simon Stead and Danny King would get on tonight.
“When Bomber (Harris) puts that Great Britain race jacket on you get an extra 20 per cent out of him, he’s shown that over and over again,” he said.
“Bomber’s ridden for me a lot and he’s never let me down, he was the same on Saturday and I’m sure he’ll be the same again in the final.
“Steady was over the moon to be there and so was Danny King, and they’re both great guys and I’m sure they’ll go well.”
Rossiter is not the only Swindonian in the GB camp this evening, with engine tuner and Bydgoszcz resident Ashley Holloway, son of Robins legend Malcolm, in the pits to assist with engine and bike set-ups.
“We have Ashley Holloway who lives in Bydgoszcz and he’ll be there helping us as part of the team, another Swindonian in the camp,” Rossiter said.
“He knows the set-ups there better than anyone and it will be great to have him there.”