INJURY BLOW FOR ADAM

Sunday August 23, 2020
SWINDON star Adam Ellis suffered a cruel injury blow in his final ride of Saturday’s Grand Prix Challenge at Gorican.

Ellis appeared set to finish his night on a high by winning Heat 18, which would have given him a creditable seven-point total after two early last places.

But he was hit on the fourth bend by Krzysztof Kasprzak as the Pole lost control inside him, and Ellis was sent heavily into the fence.

He has been diagnosed with three fractured vertebrae, and is expected to remain in hospital in Croatia over the coming days.

Ellis tweeted: “Not the way I was hoping tonight would go. Tough start, then starting going a bit better and desperately wanted to finish off with a win, but had a kiss with the fence instead.

“Had some scans and it turns out I've fractured three vertebrae, but I'm feeling pretty good.”

Kasprzak – who had a very brief spell with Swindon in 2004 – still qualified for next year’s Grand Prix series along with 2009 Robins rider Matej Zagar, and Swedish surprise package Oliver Berntzon.

Meanwhile there is better news for another current Swindon man, Troy Batchelor, who has secured a move to Polish Division One side Bydgoszcz.

Batchelor has been a frustrated figure at bottom Ekstraliga club Rybnik, who he helped to promotion in 2019. This year, he has had a bit-part at best, having been given just eight rides all season – despite the fact that the club have won just one of their ten matches.

The move to Bydgoszcz enables them to strengthen up after former Robins star David Bellego was injured in the Speedway Euro Championship last month, and Batchelor is set to make his debut in the local derby trip to Torun on Sunday.


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