Rohan Tungate’s off to Poland – a country he has never ridden in. But Witches fans need not worry, there are no fixture clashes. PLUS: What Rohan thinks of Gino Manzares . . . it’s all here
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Rohan Tungate has never ridden speedway in Poland – but that is all set to change this year.
The Ipswich Witches Aussie has signed a deal with Polish First Division club, Gniezno and he headed east last week to put the finishing touches to his move.
Along with Bjarne Pedersen, Adam Skornicki, Matej Kus and Jonas Davidsson, Tungate should help make the team, based near Poznan, a force in the division.
But Witches fans need not worry. His racing in Poland does not impact with Ipswich, who would always have first call on him if there were an issue or fixture clash.
And for Tungate – who is currently without an Elite League club in England to double up with – it’s giving him more racing time.
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“I went over and everything looks good,” Tungate said.
“I’ve built four bikes this year, spent a hell of a lot of money. But hey, if you don’t invest how can you expect to do well in the sport?
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“In Poland I’ve got a workshop, van and mechanic sorted, so I’m pretty well set and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve never ridden in Poland before.”
Tungate is about to start his third year with the Witches and he admits it’s time to kick on after two good seasons with the club.
“I want to be fighting for the No.1 racejacket this season,” he said.
“It’s possible and I need to try and do it.
“I learned a lot last year, particularly having too many meetings. People don’t realise how tired you get travelling and racing and I did a lot with Poole and Ipswich last season. This year I just have Poland and I have more people helping me as well.
“I’m really looking forward to it all and Ipswich can have a great season if everyone steps up a bit.”
And Tungate had a word about Gino Manzares, Ipswich’s new American signing, who he rode against while Down Under just before Christmas.
“The fans will love Gino,” he said.
“He’s typically American, bright and chatty and has time for people. I think he will find the tracks a bit tricky early on, but once he settles in I’m sure he is in for a great time.”