GRAND Prix rider Troy Batchelor is almost certain to ride in the UK again next year but the Aussie admitted the way speedway is run in this country makes it hard for riders to plan.
As well as riding at World Championship level, Batchelor competed in Sweden, Poland, Britain and the Czech Republic during 2014 and would ideally like to be involved in all of those countries again next year.
However, UK speedway bosses will not decide the rules for next season until the AGM which runs from November 14-16, meaning clubs are unable to sign any riders and making it likely Batchelor will have returned home to Australia without a contract for next season.
The Aussie is happily based in East Anglia and admitted not riding in Britain would mean he would most likely have to move abroad due to visa issues, but stressed the sense of upheaval in British speedway every winter often makes it hard to plan ahead.
“England’s important because I pretty much need to ride here to get a visa to live here, so if I don’t ride in England I’d have to pack up and move countries, which would be hard,” he said.
“But, saying that, there are lots of possible changes for next year in Sweden with less meetings and maybe less here, so we’d have to see what happens with all the rules.
“I’d like to keep racing everywhere and keep doing what I’m doing, really.
Batchelor pointed to the swiftness in which he was offered a Grand Prix wildcard, as well as the level of organisation in Sweden and Poland, as evidence of how things should be done.
“The last GP was on the Saturday and they’d already sorted out their wild cards by the Tuesday so England should try and be like that. It should be a couple of weeks after the season then the new rules are done.
“Sweden and all the other countries are okay and in Poland the contracts have to be signed by a certain date in December, there’s nothing done after Christmas and everything’s normally organised.
“I don’t see why it can’t be like that here.”
If, as expected, Batchelor does ride in the UK again next year, a return to Swindon would be his preference.
“I enjoy everything there and the track’s been really good this year,” he said.
“I’d have loved to have won a medal with Swindon this year but we couldn’t get it done, although if the weather had played a part
“It would be nice to come back to Swindon for sure.”