Rocket man Hughes ready to take on the world at Rye House
IT is the biggest speedway event in Rye House’s track history. And it will also be the biggest day in Kyle Hughes’ short speedway career.
For the Silver Ski Rocket is ready to take his place in the Great Britain team that competes in Sunday’s FIM Under-21 World Cup Final at Rye House.
“It’s going to be one of the biggest days of my life, and I’m really looking forward to it,” said this season’s doubling up Rocket and Cobra.
“There’s quite a lot of pressure. Obviously, I’ve not got the regular experience of riding against Elite League riders, but to be picked in the team gives me that shot.
“I just need to go for it; it’s on my home track, so there’s no reason I can’t outpace any of them.”
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There is certainly a ‘Rye House’ feel to the host nation’s five-man squad, with Great Britain’s Young Lions including Hughes as well as former Rockets stars Tai Woffinden and Joe Haines, plus double World U-21 finalist Lewis Bridger and Sheffield No 1 Josh Auty.
Home advantage could prove crucial to Kyle’s hopes of steering the hosts to glory against teams from speedway powerhouses Sweden, Denmark and Poland.
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Every speedway track in the world is slightly different and inside knowledge of a circuit’s every twist, turn and bump is worth its weight in gold.
“We’ve been wild-carded into the Final because it’s our home track, but I think that we would have qualified anyway because we have a strong team,” said Hughes, who has enjoyed a remarkable domestic season on his bike for both the Hoddesdon club’s Silver Ski Rockets and second string team Kart Raceway Cobras.
Hughes will line-up for GB this weekend against one of his club colleagues in the final, with the Swedish party including Rockets’ Blond Bombshell Linus Sundstrom, plus Elite League stars Simon Gustafsson, who rides for Eastbourne, and Wolves’ Ludvig Lindgren.
The Danish squad features the likes of Belle Vue’s Patrick Hougaard and Rene Bach of Newcastle, while Poland – who have won gold in all five previous competitions – include Poole rider Artur Mroczka, Eastbourne’s Dawid Lampart and Coventry star Przemyslaw Pawlicki in their formidable ranks.
Of GB’s prospects of taking the title against such hot opposition, Hughes added: “We stand as good a chance as anybody else, and obviously this is a good British track because it is quite tight and technical.
“I’m not going to predict who is going to win the final, but I just hope it is us and that we deliver our best out there.”
The action starts on Sunday at 2pm and runs to 25 races.
Gates open at 11am with admission �20 for adults, �15 for seniors and �5 for children.