BEWLEY: RESPECTING AND RACING THE COMPETITION

PAUL BURBIDGE

Speedway GP newcomer Dan Bewley admits he will still have plenty of respect for the FIM Speedway Grand Prix stars, but insisted “it doesn’t matter how much you respect them, you still want to win.”

The Cumbrian makes his full Speedway GP debut at the FIM Speedway GP of Croatia – Donji Kraljevec on Saturday.

Bewley has raced just one Speedway GP heat prior to this weekend, appearing in the 2018 FIM British Speedway GP as a track reserve. But he’s guaranteed at least five rides at Speedway Stadium Milenium as he steps into the line-up alongside Jack Holder to replace suspended Russian duo Artem Laguta and Emil Sayfutdinov.

Most of the current Speedway GP line-up had been racing on the sport’s top stage for many years by the time 22-year-old Bewley made his speedway debut with the Belle Vue Colts in Britain’s National League in 2016.

While Bewley will be coming up against riders he admires this season, he is pledging not to show them too much respect, and insists the time is right to take them on in the Speedway GP series.

He said: “You still have a lot of respect for the riders, but I feel more like I belong here than in years gone past. I go to the start and feel like if I do my best, I will be in a good spot.

“If you go to the line with too much respect for certain riders and you look up to them, you will be looking up to them on the podium too.

“I have a lot of respect for all riders on track, in terms of we shouldn’t cut each other up and things like that. You can race hard, but hard and fair.

“When I was younger, I didn’t really know too many riders and as you get older and you watch the sport more, you get more of an appreciation for them. You get more respect.

“But when you are racing, it’s different. When the green light comes on, it’s different. If you are racing someone, it doesn’t matter how much you respect them, you still want to win.”

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