Tim Batte: Bournemouth can be rough
Ahead of his American debut, the world no.5's in Bournemouth for the final round of the 2015 P1 AquaX Series.
Looking forward to Bournemouth, Tim?
Yeah, I like Bournemouth. It can be rough there because it is not sheltered. We usually train down there but I haven’t been down since before Hull. I was going nearly every week at one point with Russell [Marmon], Khris [Leach], Aysha [Rensink] and sometimes Steve [Hockney]. There’s usually three or four of us.
What will you be riding in Cocoa Beach?
I have a 2012 Yamaha ZXR and will be competing in the 200 class. I’ve never used one in my life. I don’t know what they’re like, but I hear it’s really competitive. There are some good riders in there. The boat might be a little more forgiving and maybe a little less tiring. If I’m coming over to the States I want to have a chance and I want to do well.
What are you expecting?
It’s going to be quite challenging for me because it’s right on that beach. It’s completely different to what we ride out in England so it’s going to be a bit of a learning curve. It’s going to be all about timing and picking some decent lines. It’s going to be on their home turf so will be to their conditions and I’m going to be on the back foot straightaway.
Khris competed in Daytona. What did he say it was like?
He loved it. He said it was brilliant, very fun and the beach is always packed.
Are you going to get in time to have a play on the ski before you race?
It would be nice to meet up with Ken [Moore] on the Friday and take his boat out and have a go on it, but I’ll be there from Wednesday and the misses is flying over too and wants to go Disney. I would like to go to Universal.
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