GREAT Britain boss Alun Rossiter admitted his side had been “outclassed at the starts” as they were well beaten by the awesome Australians.
Mark Lemon’s men were 57-33 winners in the test match in front of a noisy 2,000-strong crowd at the Peugeot Ashfield Stadium in Glasgow today.
The hosts struggled to deal with the visitors’ strength in depth, with every Australia rider collecting at least a paid win along the way.
That was despite the efforts of World Championship leader Tai Woffinden, who broke the track record and racked up 12 points on his own on a highly entertaining afternoon.
Britain’s Craig Cook also produced two late wins, passing Aussie captain Chris Holder in heat 15 to send the fans into raptures, but the meeting had been won by that point.
Rosco said: “Of course there’s a lot of work to be done – but we just had a bit of a masterclass in gating. That’s all it was.
“We were totally outclassed from the start, no matter if it was one and three, or two and four. Fair play to the Aussies.
“Craig came from the back in that last race and Tai did it a couple of times, but we were chasing from the start all the time.”
Aussie star Max Fricke, who scored 11+1, hailed the spirit of his side.
“All the boys worked together – we have a good team atmosphere as always – team Australia is always good fun,” he said.
“We don’t take these meetings overly seriously but everyone wants to win.
“We had some good starts between us all, and it’s nice to see us get a win.”
Woffinden raced home in a time of 55.99 in the first heat – the fastest time on the track since it was reshaped and the quickest anyone has gone round it in its history – and was joined by Steve Worrall for a 4-2.
Surprisingly, though, that turned out to be just one of two British heat advantages – with the Aussies scoring six 5-1s.