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Soundbites: 2nd October 2006


"It is great to score a maximum for Ipswich, although it was a bit of a cheat, as I only had four rides. This competition is something different, and I quite enjoy it."
Mark Loram on the Craven Shield

"It has been extremely hard - as I knew it would when I said Yes to Tim (Stone) after he asked me to ride in the Premier League. But it's been even harder than I expected. But a season in the Premier League has really brought me on and I feel so much more confident and I'm already looking ahead to next season."
Newport's Billy Legg

"We weren't good enough. They were wet conditions and we didn't match Coventry. The meeting was won on the race to the first turn and apart from the first two heats we weren't there. That's just not good enough for an Eastbourne team. Coventry fully deserved to win over the two legs. They gave us a lesson in speedway."
Jon Cook on Eastbourne's 61-31 defeat at Brandon

"Nothing has been confirmed yet, but there is every chance there could be two divisions next season. If that is the case, and we run in the second division, we have to try and build a team who can be competitive. We have a strong rider line-up at the moment, but we could really do with another heat leader. So, that is why I am already looking ahead to building a side for next season."
Plymouth promoter Mike Bowden

"I definitely want to do Elite next year, 100 per cent. You can see on the track that I'm still enjoying myself. I've always thought I can do it if I have the right kind of equipment under my legs. I know I'm 39 year old, but I can still beat the best. I absolutely love racing and it is in my body because when you go outside and past someone like Freddie Lindgren, a youngster who is on the fringes of the Grand Prix, it is definitely a buzz."
Craig Boyce

"I have a month of the season left to make an impression with the Stoke promotion because my hope is that they can fit me in to their plans for next season. No one can make any assurances just yet, but I'd have thought promoters will start to put draft teams together before the AGM in November and I'd really like the opportunity to be with Stoke next season."
Jack Hargreaves

"There was a great turn-out on the terraces which I am grateful for and it was nice to see all of the old riders back here at Blunsdon again. And of course I meet fellow riders and mates that I have not seen for a long time. I am indebted to many people for making the evening a great success."
Mike Broadbank on his benefit meeting at Swindon

"We're in one final and can still make another in the Craven Shield in what will be a great end to the season. Poole boss Neil Middleditch and his team wanted to complete the meeting but it was the correct decision by the referee beacause it was raining heavily."
Ian Thomas - The Aces cup semi-final at Poole was abandoned after heat 12

"As far as I am concerned it is totally stupid to be holding Craven Shield meetings in the middle of the final. We have worked all season to get to where we are now and our chances of glory could end up being jeopardised by something that happens in the Craven Shield. All it takes is one bad crash and we could end up missing out on the Elite League title."
Hans Andersen - Unhappy with fixture scheduling

"Suddenly my motor blew up coming out of the fourth bend. A guy hit me from the back, I flew through the air - then another rider ran me over! I thought I was finished."
Henrik Moller on his crash in Poland recently

"The referee warned us we could be fined or reported but we all stuck to our guns. He said the track was fine but it would have been a case of follow the leader with everyone covered in mud."
Gary Havelock after 'rider power' forced cancellation of the Newcastle v Redcar match

"Saturday's Premier League Fours will be the last speedway of the season at Derwent Park and I just want to see us go out on a high. It would be some consolation to lift the Fours title again. We put up a brilliant effort last year to be runners-up with a depleted, injury-hit side and I'd love to round off the season by going one better."
Workington boss Graham Drury

"It was a terrific all-round team display at Workington and after the disappointment of missing out in the Knockout Cup semi-final 48-hours earlier, it was a massive boost for the club. We can win the league. We have raised the bar in terms of our hopes and expectations now that we have gone through to the last four of the play-offs and we had six of the seven riders win a race at Workington which was terrific."
Neil Machin on Sheffield's Play-Off win over Workington

"I thought we got stuck in and just hit them hard at every opportunity. I was a bit anxious early on because the track was wet and slimy because of the rain. But it cleared up and we put on a good show."
Stoke's Paul Thorp after they hammered Mildenhall by 63-29

"It would be brilliant for everyone - the riders, the fans and Colin Horton - if we could go on and win the title. But things like this aren't just handed out on a plate and we know only too well what a good team Reading are - they have proved it up here twice already this season. Winning the league is as good as it gets in a team spot and the memories from 1999 and 2004 are very special."
Peterborough's Ryan Sullivan on the play-offs


This article was first published on 2nd October 2006

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