Proud Great Britain boss ‘Rosco’ ready to go with same quartet for Speedway World Cup Final
PUBLISHED: 10:54 28 July 2014 | UPDATED: 10:54 28 July 2014
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Tai Woffinden, Danny King, Chris Harris and Simon Stead can all look forward to appearing in the World Cup final.
The Great Britain quartet racked up 44 points between them at King’s Lynn on Saturday to see off USA, Australia and Italy to win Event One and join Poland in Saturday’s showcase. And their excellent performances – which saw all members of the team score double figures – has left boss Alun Rossiter insisting he will not need to make any changes to his line-up when four countries battle for gold in Bydgoszcz.
Rossiter, who named Lynn’s Lewis Kerr in his provisional 10-man squad, said: “What an achievement. All the negativity that’s been around us. Whatever happens now is all a bonus. I’m just proud that we’re in the final. We’ll go to watch the race-off as a team. We’ll fly out together in our uniform. I’ll pick the same four riders again. Richie Worrall (first reserve) will be there again, he’s part of the team and played an important part and it’s good for him.
“I’m very, very proud. I had this belief. I went with my gut feeling and it’s come through. It was an amazing atmosphere. My first time in charge of the Great Britain side and to come to a packed Saddlebow Road, that was something else. They (the fans) were so up for it. It was amazing.”
USA, led by Greg Hancock who was the top-scoring rider on the night with 19 points, finished second ahead of an Australian side who clearly missed the injured Chris Holder and were not helped by a below par Darcy Ward – who scored just six on his former home track. The duo head to Thursday’s race-off knowing they will join two other countries – who finish second and third in tomorrow’s Event Two – in trying to grab the last slot in the final alongside Britain, Poland and the other ‘semi-final’ winner.
Ex-Star Simon Stead, who scored 10 and beat Grand Prix title-challengers Ward and Hanock in his first two outings, said: “What an amazing feeling. We had a great night on Friday, and chilled out at the hotel.
“There was a great atmosphere within the camp. Rosco installed that belief in us. That’s what he’s really good at. He kept saying ‘you can do it lads’. I’m immensely proud and the crowd was unbelievable.”
It’s the first time GB have won at Lynn, and reached a final, since 2010 when they were bossed by Rob Lyon.