Saturday June 08, 2019
RECENT Birmingham newcomer Tero Aarnio is backing his own ability to move him closer to the Grand Prix Series.

The Flying Finn made his Brummies debut in the win over Sheffield on Wednesday and steadily got used to his new home circuit after some early mechanical issues.

But for now his attentions move away from team racing as he takes place in the Grand Prix qualifier at Glasgow tonight (Saturday, 7pm).

He’s targeting a top four finish to book his place in August’s GP Challenge in Croatia which would put him one meeting away from a permanent spot in the 2020 series.

And while he may not be being tipped by many outsiders, Aarnio insists he’s got what it takes to make it.

The 35-year-old feels his experience around the Ashfield circuit could play into his hands and is naturally taking plenty of confidence from his recent performances on the continent which have seen him get the better of triple World Champion Tai Woffinden, former World Champ Chris Holder and current GP star Antonio Lindback.
“From my own point of view this is probably one of the biggest meetings of my season,” Aarnio said.
“Being in the top four is going to be a massive mountain to climb – but I can do it.
“I have shown I can beat some of the best riders in the world in my last few meetings and it’s helped me a lot going into the rest of this season.
“I’ve invested heavily in the bikes and the more we’re working with them the easier it’s feeling.
“Okay I had a problem with my clutch at Birmingham on Wednesday but thankfully we found the problem while we were at the track and we know we can settle down now.
“When my bikes are working how they have been and I’ve been in the right mind too, I don’t care who is alongside me at the tapes, I know I can go out there and win.
“Looking at the line-up I probably have more experience of the Glasgow circuit than any other rider in there so I’m hoping I can make that count.”

Brummies are back in action this Wednesday when high flying neighbours Leicester are the visitors at Perry Barr (7.30 start).

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