Manzares puts in strong claim for return to UK

KEEN TO RETURN: Gino Manzares (red helmet) hopes to return to these shores
KEEN TO RETURN: Gino Manzares (red helmet) hopes to return to these shores
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Gino Manzares is hoping to have put himself back in the shop window for a return to racing in Britain, after impressing in two challenge matches for the USA.

After top scoring for the touring side with 14 points during their Transatlantic Challenge at Mildenhall Stadium on Sunday, the 23-year-old scored a further 10 points to help them secure a second victory in as many days in a four team competition at Kent on Monday.

With his confidence levels high, Manzares is optimistic that his recent outings will lead to a positive outcome regarding his future in the sport.

He said: “To be honest I am more mentally prepared now.

“I was struggling with the focus side of things when I was last here as in this sport you have got to stay strong minded.

“It means a lot to be back racing here as this where I want to be riding (England) and this opportunity at Mildenhall helped.

“I’ve got the best individual team in the country helping trying to make it happen for me.”

US rider Manzares, who appeared for the Ipswich Witches in 2014 and 2015, was clearly pleased with the results following an exciting week of racing, but still expected more of himself.

He said: “I was confident the boys here could do it, as they are awesome guys and great racers. It is just a shame I dropped that one point.”

Having played his part in both of the USA team’s latest two victories, Manzares will now bid to help them reach the final of this year’s Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup in Saturday’s first qualifier at King’s Lynn.

“Our goal is to make the race-off in Poland and anything after that is a bonus,” he said.

“The World Cup qualifier will be two, three or even four steps higher but that’s the thing — anything can happen in speedway.

“I like riding King’s Lynn and if we get a few good starts who knows what will happen.”