• It sounds as though one of the most ill-conceived exiles from a major sporting competition is set to end, with Emil Sayfutdinov apparently signaling his willingness to return to the Grand Prix circuit.
Sayfutdinov looked on track to win the title in 2013 before a major injury toward the end of the season ended his charge.
He has blamed finances among other things for choosing not to participate in the championship race for the past two years but now he may return and will oust another permanent wildcard hopeful in the process.
Sayfutdinov is unquestionably one of the top three riders in the world and his return would be a massive shot in the arm for the series, which is arguably still reeling from the absence of the explosive Australian talent Darcy Ward.
Emil’s inclusion would further enhance the series’ claim to be ‘global’ and would almost certainly enhance the chances of there being a round in Russia.
Whether he likes it or not, if Sayfutdinov returns he will enter next year’s series as one of the favorites to win it!

Inside GP - Emil

• Aussie riders from all over the globe are busily packing up their gear and jetting back to Australia in preparation for the summer down under.
In the case of Chris Holder, Brady Kurtz and Sam Masters it is compulsory that they move quickly as they are in the field for the Australian GP, while many others will be not far behind.
Following next weekend’s GP we have marquee meetings at Mildura, Gillman and Kurri Kurri to look forward to.
Bring it on!

• This summer’s Australian Championship series may be the closest fought for a long time if the right people all take part.
Depending on nominations I have little doubt that it will once again go down to the last race of the last round.
Our second tier riders are now very good international racers and at least six of them could enter the series thinking they are a great chance of winning.
The series dates and venues are as follows:
Gillman, SA Jan 4 (Wed)
Mildura, VIC Jan 7 (Sat)
Shepparton, VIC Jan 11 (Wed)
Kurri Kurri, NSW Jan 14 (Sat)

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