Saturday, 18 November 2017

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Mildura winner Sam Masters admits he’s sick of Australian Championship silver as he chases his first national title this week.

The Newcastle-born star has been second in the series two years running and is third overall this year after winning last Saturday’s second round at Victorian venue Mildura.

Masters has 26 points, putting him six behind series leader Dave Watt on 32, who won the opener at Gillman, and three short of Justin Sedgmen on 29.

The Wolves and Edinburgh doubling up rider’s Aussie efforts have earned him a place in the last two QBE Insurance Australian SGPs at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium and topping his national standings could make him a prime candidate to return on October 28.

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But with two rounds remaining at Undera on Wednesday and Kurri Kurri on Saturday, Masters is just focused on ending his Aussie title hunt.

“I’ve been second in the Aussie titles twice in the last two years,” he commented.

“I don’t really want to do that again! I want to try and win this one. Getting to Melbourne is always good. I went there this year and wasn’t very organised – it showed on the track. If I won the title, I’d know I’ll be there and I’ll be a bit more ready for it.

“But I’ll worry about winning the Aussie title first and all the other stuff later. I’d be Aussie champion before racing in Melbourne. I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing. If I can go to the last round level, in front or a few points behind, it’s all to play for.”

Masters missed out on the A Final in the opening round at Gillman, tallying 10 points, and that has left him chasing Watt and Sedgmen, who have reached the last four both times.

“I would have liked to pull some points back on Davey, but he’s riding pretty well,” Masters said.

“I had a bad round in Gillman so hopefully he has one and I can get the lead. Davey has a point to prove after last season, when he didn’t have a very good one. He has sorted his life out now and it shows on the track – he’s quick.

“I can’t believe Sedgy doesn’t have a team place in Britain, but the new rules have made things difficult for everyone really. Those two are on fire and it will be hard to stop them. But I have to keep plugging away and see how it goes.”

Masters sees tight and technical Undera as his best chance of pulling points back, despite the Kurri Kurri round taking place just half an hour from home city Newcastle.

“I don’t really ride at Kurri Kurri, so it doesn’t give me much of an advantage,” he added.

“Undera should be a strong round, so hopefully I can get a few points back there and then go to Kurri close enough to do something good.”

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