Now Josh targets place in world final

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SHEFFIELD Tigers hero Josh Auty has set his sights on a place in the World Under-21 Final after romping to victory in the qualifier in Herxheim, Germany.

Auty beat Poole’s Swedish sensation Dennis Andersson in a run-off for top spot in the meeting after dropping just one-point from his five outings.

It’s a result which has boosted Auty’s confidence after missing out on the British U21 title 48 hours earlier.

He said: “This is the best result of my career because it underlines to me that I’m capable of not just matching top riders but beating them. I know Dennis Andersson has been winning matches for Poole in the Elite League and everyone is saying he is the next sensation to come out of Sweden but for me to beat him like this is fantastic. I’ve got no complaints about Friday and losing the title, Tai Woffinden was the best rider on the night so congratulations to him.

“But for me to win like this in Germany is the perfect way for me to respond and I feel very confident and hopeful now of going all the way to the final.

“My form for Sheffield has been good so far and I want to keep it going because I’ve got a busy spell coming up and we have home and away meetings with Ipswich this week. And I’m looking at getting some meetings in for Lublin in Poland, it’s the best way to enhance my experience and I can only improve as a rider by doing that.

“The target now is to reach the World U21 Final and keep scoring the points for Sheffield, that has to be the aim and I think that can be achieved.”

Auty will be back in Tigers colours for the Owlerton clash with Ipswich on Thursday with the return in Suffolk the following afternoon at 2pm.