Soundbites: 6th May 2005
"I was looking at scoring well at Buxton and picking up some guest bookings in the Premier League towards the end of the
season. But Graham (Drury) seems to think I've made good progress and if I continue to move forward he'll be happy. I want
to do my bit for Workington because I had my first spin round a speedway track at Derwent Park and I enjoyed riding for
the Comets against Sheffield the other week."
"Colin Hill approached Westpoint, on the advice of Exeter City Council, reached agreement and was offered a lease.
But six months after our public meeting, Westpoint indicated that they no longer wanted us in the face of local
opposition. Several thousands of pounds have already been spent on the project and clearly Go Speed were not prepared
to spend a great deal more money on a full planning application if the original agreement is not going to be honoured.
We are now arranging a face-to-face meeting, which until now has been delayed as our expert advisors were not available."
"It is a second chance for me because last time I was in England it was not so good.
Now I feel happy that Poole called me up. I hope it is going to be good.
When I was at Belle Vue in 2004 everything around the speedway was a problem, so I couldn't focus properly on my riding.
I was worrying about how to get to the track, who was going to mechanic for me, where was I going to sleep that night, non-riding things like that.
It was terrible. But this time I will be able to focus fully on my riding. I have spoken to Matt about those things and everything seems good.
So I hope I can do something for the team."
"Joe needs two cracking matches to avoid going down to reserve and he is capable of doing it if everything is right.
At this stage of the season, when riders have only had a few meetings, it's easier for scores to have an effect on
improving an average."
"Both are coming on very nicely indeed. We knew when we signed them that they would find it hard going initially.
"However, both were outstanding in our recent home win over Reading and that, together with the signing of Tomas Suchanek which we revealed last week,
means that things are coming together nicely as we look forward to the league campaign to come."
"There were a lot of travelling fans and they saw a very passionate performance. It has been a hard slog struggling for results in the opening month of the season, but I said from the start that it was a young team and they needed time to bed in."
"The result was as bad as it looked. However, the averages meant Joel Parsons was not at reserve and he struggled with his shoulder all night.
Simone wasn't dialled in and Craig Branney only chipped in with paid five from five rides.
When neither reserve is scoring and Joel can't pick up points it's bound to have an effect.
Our two tactical rides only got four points between them, it was just one of those meetings."
"It was another really hard battle, despite them not having Chris Louis. It just showed again how everyone likes racing at
Blunsdon. The main thing was we took the win, but we did not have many points to spare. Bonus points are going to be
difficult to pick up unless we find an away win from somewhere."
"That is our best performance of the season and we will do well to top it.
This was the home meeting we really feared because Belle Vue are packed with riders who love the Showground and,
having already lost at home to Poole, we couldn't be too optimistic.
But our riders were fabulous to inflict the biggest defeat on the league leaders they've suffered all season."
"It's going to be tough at Glasgow but they are there for the taking. We want to start the league season with a bang.
We know what we're capable of and we're going to be a force in the league this year.
It will be nice once we get our final rider in place as it will give me a bit more of a rest, but I don't mind it at
"It's impossible to believe that Glasgow will perform in the same manner as Hull did. They have two good riders in Shane Parker and George Stancl. But equally they also track Paul Bentley and James Birkinshaw and round Armadale that is going to be a problem for Glasgow."
"Apparently I am worth £36,000 according to the SCB, and I suppose it is quite flattering to be valued at that sort of
I am told Jason Crump also cost £36,000, and if I can achieve what he has achieved in the next few years, I will be
"It was very, very hard, but I was pleased to be there.
It was always going to be difficult for me. I was one of the youngest riders there and the lads I was up against ride in
the premier league.
It was an honour to get there and great to represent Scunthorpe, but I couldn't quite do it on the night.
However, I'm still only 18 so I've three years left to win it."
"I am obviously aware of James Wright's injury but by officially naming him as a Wild Card he has an opportunity to ride
if he recovers. If not, I will name a replacement a day or two before the meeting."
This article was first published on 6th May 2005
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