LIONS LAND EMIL
Emil Sayfutdinov ended his seven-year stay at Polish Ekstraliga side Bydgoszcz after agreeing a two-year contract with Czestochowa.
07 / 12 / 2012, 12:20
Grand Prix rider Emil Sayfutdinov ended his seven-year stay at Polish Ekstraliga side Bydgoszcz after agreeing a two-year contract with Czestochowa.
The Russian hotshot has been based in Bydgoszcz during the season for much of his career, but appears to have run out of patience with the club.
He reportedly had to wait some time before he was paid in full for his efforts in 2012 and Bydgoszcz have also struggled to attract the biggest names to the club.
While Sayfutdinov’s manager Tomasz Suskiewicz admits the lure of a better financial offer played a part in their decision to choose Czestochowa, he says stability and a new challenge convinced the rider to make the move.
We just want to try something new. We are looking for greater peace and stability because it was not there at Bydgoszcz.
He told Sportowefakty.pl: “I will not hide that we got a better deal from Czestochowa. However, that was not the only thing that had an impact on our decision.
“Emil wanted to make a change in his career. He wanted to change his environment. At Bydgoszcz, everything was predictable. The time has come fpr Emil to look for fresh impetus.”
He added: “Bydgoszcz has faced problems for several years. We saw what happened the last season, but you cannot say that this has been a decisive influence on the move.
“We just want to try something new. We are looking for greater peace and stability because it was not there at Bydgoszcz. I do not want to speak badly about the club, because that’s not what it's all about. We want to keep in mind only good memories of the club.”
Suskiewicz says Sayfutdinov’s fellow Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup bronze medallist Grigory Laguta played a vital role in pushing for the SGP star’s signature.
He added: “Grigory was the person that was very keen on seeing Czestochowa strengthen up.
“He identified Emil as a potential reinforcement and urged him to change his club colours. He is the one who confirmed that changing to Czestochowa was a good thing and there is nothing to fear.”
Sayfutdinov and Laguta will lead their country into action at the Arena Czestochowa in the 2013 SWC, when Russia tackle Poland, Australia and a qualifier in Event 1 on July 13.