TROY Batchelor is happy to have time to focus on the fight for a top eight place in the Grand Prix series as his league schedule winds down for 2014.
Along with Peter Kildemand, the Aussie rides for Prague in the second leg of their Czech semi-final against Slany this evening, but has no involvement in the Polish or Swedish play-offs after Wroclaw and Vastervik missed out on the post season.
While a third-straight play-off appearance with Swindon is important to Batchelor, he has turned down a host of Elite League guest bookings in recent weeks as he bids to defend the eighth position which is his ticket to Grand Prix speedway in 2015.
“Things are starting to quieten down which is a little strange but it helps because I can focus more on the play-offs with Swindon and on the GP too,” he told Link Sport.
“At the moment I have to prioritise things and I’ve been asked by a lot of teams to do guest bookings, with Tai, Darcy and Iversen out but I’ve said no to every single one.
“I want to concentrate on the GP and to risk getting injured at meetings I shouldn’t really be it is silly.
“There is a lot on the line at the GP and if I’m hurt I can’t ride and the chance is gone. I need to be fit every time to defend my spot.”
The next round of the Grand Prix takes place in Stockholm on September 27, with the Elite League play-offs beginning on September 29.
The final round of the Grand Prix series is in Torun on October 11.