GRAND Prix star Troy Batchelor believes sixth place in the standings is there for the taking as he bids to further his claim for a spot in next season’s series at Vojens tonight.
Having exited Grand Prix qualifying at the semi-final stage, Batchelor’s only realistic method of returning to the world championship scene is by finishing in the top eight. The Aussie currently sits 10th in the table, four points behind compatriot Chris Holder in eighth, heading into tomorrow’s Nordic GP.
With Darcy Ward banned and Niels-Kristian Iversen’s season over due to injury, Batchelor believes his chances of making the top eight have improved as he bids to replicate the 20-point performance he enjoyed in Copenhagen in June.
“The last half of the season has been good for me, after Copenhagen, which was obviously very good,” he said.
“I’ve made a few semis along the way and been consistent, so I’ll be looking to get a hold of that and keep on building at the same time.
“I’m going into the GPs now looking at the semis as a worst case scenario with the real aim of making finals.
“It’s not always that easy but all you can do is take it one race at a time, I don’t want to be looking at points during the meeting or anything like that, I want to got there and do the best I can.
“I want to finish races without being excluded and without breaking down, just finishing and getting points and only worrying about the table after the meeting.”