German speedway racer's blunt message to rivals
German rider Martin Smolinski has a blunt message for his rivals in Saturday's opening round of the Speedway World Championship at Western Springs, and he'll deliver it with song.
Smolinski, 29, will pump himself up before riding on to the Auckland circuit with his own song, titled "Eat My Dirt".
The song has helped make him a cult hero in Germany, where he is a three-time national champion, and on the British circuit, where he has raced for Coventry and Birmingham.
"I am the only speedway rider who has got a song," Smolinski said.
"I mean, you are going to eat my dirt is the way to do it. That is me ... that is awesome. And it's a good song."
The dance track was the idea of some students who were fans of the German star.
They arranged the upbeat track and provided most of the vocals.
Smolinski can be heard at the start of the track and in its chorus, proudly stating: "I'm Smolinski, eat my dirt."
"[The song] is a marketing opportunity," he said.
"I am the only rider in the entire world with his own song. That shows the high level that we are working in ... it is a German quality."
Smolinski is very much the bookies' outsider, with odds of 250-1 being offered on him to be crowned world champion.
But he is determined to make a strong impression this year.
"My personal goal is that I want to reach the top 10," he said.
"That is a good goal to reach. I have got a very good team behind me ... we have worked very hard and we all know what we want to do and where we want to go.
"We will be on the gas."
Smolinksi arrived in New Zealand on Tuesday with the other European-based riders competing in the world championship.
He said the banter on the plane from some rival riders and their pit crew increased his motivation to succeed.
"There are some bad feelings for me at the moment with what is happening in the pits with some riders and some mechanics," he said.
"It is just unnecessary ... it was disgraceful. It is a shame."
Despite being a rookie rider on the world championship circuit, he believed his professionalism might see him being a "step ahead" of some of his rivals.
"I am very pleased to be in the Speedway Grand Prix series," Smolinski said.
I am happy to be representing Germany and it has taken a lot of work to get here.
"The organisation involved is unbelievable. To be here is a very big compliment [to my team]."