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Dalton speedway ace Roynon's World Cup aim

THE lure of a World Cup call-up is driving speedway ace Adam Roynon on this season.

The 24-year-old Daltonian is revving up for the start of the new season next up with the aim on being part of the Great Britain squad come July.

Roynon earned his first international cap against Australia last year and wants to be part of the international showpiece when it starts in Poland in July.

Currently recovering from knee reconstruction surgery following an accident in October, the Cumbrian star will race for both Coventry Bees in the Elite League and Leicester Lions in the Premier League this season.

He knows his performances for both those outfits can play a huge part in his Great Britain selection and said: “I’m really looking forward to that. I represented my country at senior level for the first time last year against Australia, so I have already had my cap and now it’s just a case of keeping myself in there by riding to the best of my ability.

“My main concern at the minute is making sure that this injury doesn’t hamper me in any way. I’ve got to make sure that it’s 100 per cent right before I can take on any big meetings.

“The World Cup and racing for Great Britain is what is pushing me on to make sure I am fully recovered.

“A World Cup is massive and it would be a huge thing to be one of only five people selected to represent my country.

“It’s definitely something I have been looking forward to for my whole career and now I am knocking on the door of it, I have the chance to actually get there.”

Roynon injured his knee racing for Dudley Heathens in their showdown for the National League title against Mildenhall in October.

He underwent surgery in November and is now well on his way to recovery, with the start of the season less than a month away.

The former Dowdales School pupil’s pre-season will see him race in the colours of Great Britain Lions against Elite League champions Swindon, as well as pulling on Leicester colours for the first time against Coventry – where he was rider of the year last season.

All this is dependent on his recovery from an injury he described as the worst he has suffered – some statement from a rider who once had a blood clot on the brain and a broken neck which threatened his life as well as his career.

“This last injury, where I’ve had to have my knee reconstructed, that’s been the worst I have ever had,” said Roynon.

“It has taken so long to recover – it’s not 100 per cent yet, but I’ve got the time until the start of the season to get it as best as I can to enter the season without playing catch-up on other people.

“If I can get as fit as I can, then I will start off on a better footing than if I was starting the season injured. I’m working really hard to get it as good as I can.

“I’ve managed to fast-track it, to get a lot of things done on it like getting off my crutches and starting on the exercise bike early.

“I’ve managed to do all that in a relatively quick time and now it’s just taking the time, building the muscles back up and supporting it really.

“I’m hoping to be back on the bike very soon.

“You need to start practising so you feel fresh and ready for the first few meetings of the season.

“It won’t take me that long and as long as my leg holds up, I should be fine.”

With that injury almost healed, Roynon is keeping his fingers crossed no more come his way ahead of the World Cup, having been dubbed ‘the most cursed rider in speedway’ for his tendency to come a cropper.

He added: “I think you make your own luck in life and I must have been doing something wrong to get all these injuries.

“But I hope I have turned a corner with these injuries now and I can just push on and be the best that I can.

“They are exciting times for me and I am just making sure I have everything sorted so I am fully prepared.”

Have your say

That's terrific,hard work and well deserved.I wish you the top of THE WORLD,Adam sincerely, best wishes and God bless,and GodSPEED mate.

Posted by captain bluebirdseye on 8 March 2013 at 13:15

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