||Last Updated: Oct 23rd, 2015 - 10:26:40
Australiaís 2015 DON Smallgoods FIM Speedway Grand Prix Wildcard entrant Sam Masters had his first taste of the Etihad track as the first practice session got underway ahead of a big night a racing tomorrow night in Melbourne.
Despite there only being an hour and a half of bikes on the track this afternoon, thousands of spectators filled the Etihad Stadium stands to cheer on our three Australians, and show their support as they prepare for the performance of a lifetime on home soil.
With the sound of air-horns in the background, we caught up with wildcard Masters to hear how he was feeling after heading out onto the track for the first time.
Youíve had a couple of practice runs out on the track now, how are you feeling?
The track is pretty slick, and I think itís just bedding in because itís so new. But it should be good tomorrow, and even better than today I think. The guys are going to get to work on it again tonight so it should be good.
Youíve had the opportunity to watch the other guys out there now, is it just mind blowing knowing youíre going to be racing against them now?
Iíve watched a lot of these guys since I was a young kid, and Iíve watched them even in my older years and now Iím up against them. Hopefully I can just get amongst it and challenge them a bit, and then at the same time have fun.
With the other Australian riders, do you have the sort of relationship where you could go and ask them for advice or anything like that?
I probably couldnít go and ask the Aussies for pointers because Iím against them now (laughs) but I get along with them, and Iíve raced a lot of them in the leagues in Europe. So I do know them, and even the two boys in reserve know them. Weíre all pretty close because weíve all travelled around Europe.
The track here at Etihad Stadium is quite a bit longer than what you all usually race Ė does that make a big difference? Or do you prefer a tighter layout?
I donít prefer the bigger tracks, I like them tight and technical but tracks like what we have at Etihad produce good racing, and itís good for the fans. Itís also good to know that if you miss the start you can come from the back.
There is already a huge crowd here just to watch practice, how does it feel to have so much Australian support?
Itís only practice and itís the biggest crowd Iíve ever ridden in front of (laughs). Tomorrow itís really going to hit me a bit harder. Iíve been pretty busy getting everything ready and I only got here two days ago from Scotland, so Iíve only had a few days to settle in and get the bikes ready and now weíre here. I havenít had too much time to think about it, but itís definitely all sinking in now.
Thanks for the chat Sam, and good luck for tomorrow night!
No worries, thanks!
Tickets for the 2015 DON Smallgoods Australian FIM Speedway Grand Prix will remain on sale until the event kicks off on Saturday night, and can be purchased at an affordable price via http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/Australian-FIM-Speedway-Grand-Prix-tickets/artist/2045685.
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