Soundbites: 11th September 2004
"We're gutted to have lost David. Those that were there and saw the crash happen have all
been left shell-shocked by it.
It's amazing that his injuries are nowhere near as bad as they could have been. We've chased a
play-off spot all season and David's been a huge part of that.
It's ironic that on the night we finally clinch a play-off place, David's involved in this
"It's a hectic time for the riders as they make up for all the rained-off meetings we have
But there are many permutations of what can happen over the final matches of the season
so we'll have to keep doing our best."
"To think that Sam is going to retire at the end of the season looks a bit ridiculous after a
performance like that, but the decision is made.
Now the weather is a bit colder and the tracks are a bit smoother he is really coming into
"I didn't know what to do because after two more heats I was going to be out again racing.
The engine was hot and I wanted to prepare my bike for my next race.
Neil Middleditch stopped me as I was returning to the pits and said
`go out and do a victory lap because that's what the fans want' and I did it."
"Staechmann even visited the referee's box to suggest the fog was so bad he couldn't see the
first bend from the start. When the referee visited the pits to discuss the matter he could
see Inverness from there, so it must be old age catching up with Jan's eyesight. "
"We really could have done with winning at Newcastle, but we suffered a large slice of
misfortune up there and it wasn't to be.
I think the only way we might qualify now is if some tracks don't complete their programmes
by the cut-off date on September 19. But I would much rather make it fair and square."
"Peter had decided to stay out of the sport this season to concentrate on his business
interests. But when he heard that we were short of riders he confirmed he would ride for us
for the rest of this season and, hopefully, in 2005 if the off-track problems are sorted out."
"We can only wonder how points lost at the final hurdle this week might cost us.
All we can do is battle until the very last match.
The damage was done at Oxford, and tonight we needed everyone at their best - and not
We had a good crowd, a very entertaining match but not quite the result we wanted and needed."
"No-one was really tipping us to do particularly well, but I knew from the beginning of
the season that the title was on the cards from the word go.
It's been good all year, the title has not been won overnight, it's been won from the outset."
"Perhaps I must be bringing a bit of luck with me. I don't know if it's just luck, but I
think I've chosen the right team at the right time.
But it's not just down to me only, it's about seven riders.
Everyone has to do well. This season we have all heightened our averages and that's what
you have to do if you are going to win a league title."
"We have hardly put a foot wrong this year.
It has been a tremendous season so far but there is still some way to go before we can
claim any of those titles.
Some teams have several meetings in hand but, if we continue this form, there is nothing
anyone else can do."
"That was a phenomenal achievement by Workington and shows we're really going to have
our work cut out."
"The crowd was awful on Wednesday, I think due to the number of home meetings we've had
lately, and I'm looking for fans now to back us to get through to the play-offs."
"We've seen some belting racing. Jack Hargreaves is coming on in leaps and bounds and the
team as a whole can only learn from facing the top clubs.
We're always going to hit highs and lows because of the inexperience we have in the team.
But the important thing is the lads learn from such meetings."
This article was first published on 11th September 2004
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