Rosco optimistic after making big strides

Alun Rossiter

Alun Rossiter

First published in Sport The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor, awarren@swindonadvertiser.co.uk, @AndyWarren_

ALUN Rossiter began planning for a bright future with Great Britain even before Saturday night’s World Cup final.

The Brits finished fourth in Bydgoszcz, behind winners Denmark, hosts Poland and Australia, but were not disgraced despite finishing well adrift of the Aussies in the bronze medal position.

In making the final the Brits have jumped from seventh in the world to a new ranking of fourth, but the next step is to put all the tools in place to allow Britain to compete for the gold medal once again.

Rossiter and his riders, world champion Tai Woffinden, Chris Harris, Simon Stead and Danny King, have a wealth of experience between them and sat down in the hours leading up to the final to discuss areas in which their nation can improve.

While the likes of Poland, Sweden, Australia and Denmark can be found competing as teams on foreign soil throughout the year, the Brits are restricted to exhibition meetings in pre-season and the younger age groups rarely get a taste of international action.

Increased time on the track is likely to form a key part of the proposal that Rossiter and his riders plan to submit to the BSPA, in the hope of taking Britain back to the top of world speedway once more.

“We spoke for a long time between us all on Saturday and we’ve put a plan together for the winter that we will put into writing and submit to the BSPA to have a look at,” he said.

“We sat and spoke about things to do and ways to improve, and if you can be seen to be doing something then people can live with it.

“We have the world champion there and he wants to be a part of it, and if he can retain his title this year then it will certainly have a bit more clout about it.

“It’s the sort of thing we need to discuss with the powers that be and then see what happens, rather than spill all the details out.

“It’s nothing unrealistic, what we’re asking for, and it’s nothing like spending hundreds of thousands of pounds, but until we run it by the people who make the decisions it’s best kept private.

“The thing is there are things the other teams are doing but we’re not doing and those are the issues which need to be addressed, it’s time for us to look at things and work out why things have been hard.

“Five years is the timeframe, Sweden are going through a similar transition to us at the moment.

“There’s a plan there and we have a plan too now, so it’s up to the powers that be to have a look at it.”

Rossiter admitted he was “slightly disappointed” with his team’s return of only 16 points on Saturday night, but insisted he was still happy with a week’s work which began with a thrilling victory in front of a big home crowd at King’s Lynn in Event One last Saturday.

“You have to look at it this way, we’ve gone from seventh in the world to fourth in the world, it’s as simple as that really and that’s what we’ve got to take out of it,” he said.

“Yes, it was a slightly disappointing way to end, just slightly, but at the end of the day you have to be positive and realistic about it all.

“If fairness everybody has got behind the team and social media has been very positive and the real fans know how well we did, although for a few people they were upset we didn’t do better in the end.

“A few people have said we deserved more points than we probably got but at the end of the day there are eight or nine teams below us and I bet they would have loved to have swapped places with us, so when you think of it like that it’s been a good week.”

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