Troy Batchelor

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Troy Batchelor
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Troy Batchelor in 2018
Born (1987-08-29) 29 August 1987 (age 34)
Brisbane, Queensland
NationalityFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Website www.troybatchelor.com
Current club information
British league Sheffield Tigers / Oxford Cheetahs
Polish league ZKS ROW Rybnik
Swedish league Vetlanda Speedway
Career history
Great Britain
2005–2006, 2016–2017 King's Lynn Stars
2005 Eastbourne Eagles
2006 Coventry Bees
2007 Poole Pirates
2008–2009, 2012–2015, 2018–2020 Swindon Robins
2009 Ipswich Witches
2010–2011 Peterborough Panthers
2021– Sheffield Tigers
2022– Oxford Cheetahs
Poland
2007– Unia Leszno
2015 ZKS ROW Rybnik
Sweden
2008–2011 Dackarna Målilla
Individual honours
2001Queensland Under-16 Champion
2001NSW Under-16 Champion
2002Australian Under-16 Champion
2003, 2004 Australian Long Track Champion
2007 Queensland State Champion
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2017 South Australian Champion
2013 Australian Champion
2014 Elite League Riders' Champion
2017 Victorian State Champion
Team honours
2005, 2006 Premier League KO Cup winner
2005Young Shield
2006 Premier League Champion
2006 Premier Trophy Winner
2006 Elite League KO Cup Winner
2007 Ekstraliga Champion
2008 Elite Shield
2019 SGB Premiership [1]

Troy Matthew Batchelor (born 29 August 1987) [2] is an Australian speedway rider.

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Career

Australia

Born in Brisbane, Queensland, Troy Batchelor enjoyed his first success when he won the 2001 Queensland and New South Wales Under-16 championships and followed this up by winning the 2003 Australian Under-16 Championship at the Bibra Lake Speedway in Perth. After graduating to the senior ranks following his 16th birthday, Batchelor won the Queensland State Championship in 2007 before he moved to Adelaide in South Australia where he has won the South Australian Championship at the Gillman Speedway five times (2008-2011, 2013). He currently sits all time second on the SA title winners list behind joint record holders John Boulger and the 1951 and 1952 World Champion Jack Young. Boulger and Young each won nine SA titles during their respective careers.

In January 2008, he finished runner-up to Chris Holder in the Australian Solo Championship.

In January 2013, he won the Australian Championship after having finished second in both 2008 and 2010. [3]

Batchelor also won the Australian Long Track Championship in 2003 at the Bathurst Showground, and again in 2004 at the Wagga Wagga Showground.

On 3 December 2016, Batchelor added the Victorian Championship to his impressive resume when he won the championship at Undera Park, defeating reigning U/21 World Champion Max Fricke, Jordan Stewart and Tyron Proctor in the Final.

UK and Europe

Batchelor began his British speedway career in 2005 when he signed for King's Lynn Stars in the Premier League. In his first year, he won the Premier League Knockout Cup and the Premier Trophy, with King's Lynn defeating Rye House Rockets in both finals. The next season Batchelor was back at King's Lynn and was also Elite League team Coventry Bees number 8 rider. That year King's Lynn won a treble of the Premier League Championship, Premier Trophy and the Premier League Knockout Cup. He also helped Coventry win the Elite League Knockout Cup. [4]

In 2007, Batchelor stepped up to the Elite League full-time with the Poole Pirates, whom he signed for on loan from King's Lynn. He also signed for Polish team Unia Leszno in the Ekstraliga and helped them win the 2007 Ekstraliga Championship. [4] In 2008, Batchelor was on loan at Swindon Robins and continued with Unia Leszno in Poland. He also signed for Dackarna in the Swedish Elitserien.

International

Batchelor made his Speedway Grand Prix debut in the Grand Prix of Poland II at the MotoArena Toruń in Toruń, Poland in 2013. Riding as a substitute in the meeting, he finished in 12th place scoring 6 points.

For the 2014 Speedway Grand Prix, Batchelor became one of the top 15 Qualified Riders of the series. In his first full-time run at the World Championship, he finished in 9th place with 91 points scored. Batchelor scored his first podium when he finished second in the Danish Grand Prix at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

Troy Batchelor has also represented Australia in the Speedway World Cup and numerous test matches.

World Final appearances

World Cup

Individual Under-21 World Championship

Under-21 World Cup

World Longtrack Championship

Speedway Grand Prix results

YearPositionPointsBest finishNotes
2013 25th612thRode in season ending Poland II GP
2014 9th91SecondSecond in Danish GP
2015 12th59ThirdThird in Latvian Grand Prix

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  2. Oakes, P.(2006). Speedway Star Almanac. ISBN   0-9552376-1-0
  3. "Aussie Title for Batchelor Archived 15 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine ", speedway365.com, 12 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013
  4. 1 2 "Troy Batchelor profile". Swindon Speedway. 2008. Retrieved 23 March 2008.[ permanent dead link ]