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Soundbites: 15th July 2005

Robson
Thomas

"He is absolutely outstanding, the way in which he stalks his victims and passes them lap by lap is quite classic. I think that when I spent my money to purchase his contract I didn't realise what a good rider I was buying."
Len Silver on Stuart Robson

"We can understand our fans being so excited about Trevor's score and wondering if we can sign him - but he's a Sheffield asset so we have to check with them first."
George English on star guest Trevor Harding

"A hospital check revealed that I had broken my coccyx - the small tail bone at the bottom of your spine. I was told to have bed rest and forget about riding for a month. That was bad enough but the thought of my bike being written-off completely really got me upset."
Carl Stonehewer

"They were the most important three points we have collected this season. It was crucial that we made up for that disastrous result at home and we did it in style. Arena Essex may not be the most consistent side riding in the league at the moment but to win by ten points away from home is a magnificent result against anyone. We are now right back in the battle for top place."
Ian Thomas after the Aces avenged their shock home defeat from the Hammers

"No side would have lived with us out there tonight. The whole side battled from start to finish and my message to all other clubs is watch out, we're on the march."
Islanders boss Martin Newnham on their thrashing of the Monarchs

"I'm part of a group who have been working together for some time, due to concerns over the Vikings' finances and management style. I don't think it's in the best interests of either the club or myself to continue as Vikings' commercial manager and be caught in the middle. We have spoken to Vikings' team manager Dave Peet and put together a package to keep the speedway team open, if Paul cannot see out the season."
Hull's ex-commerical manager Angela Harraway on her plans to buy out the Vikings

"I had to juggle quite a few things to get the team I eventually wanted and a lot of people didn't agree with the changes I made. However, things are beginning to pay off, the team have gelled together as a unit. Our victory at Exeter, with a couple of exceptions, was a good all-round display. Every rider is now committed to Berwick and the team spirit we have is fantastic."
Peter Waite

"I was looking at heat 9 and thinking that this is where we could let the meeting slip. But Kevin Doolan and Jan Jaros surprised everybody in the stadium and put in the most spirited effort I have seen for years, beating Chris Neath and Steve Boxhall to put us four points ahead. We then had a team meeting at the interval and it seemed as if the rest of the team had picked up some inspiration from that one race, they were all so determined! It was a great performance from the whole team and the large crowd, I can't tell you enough how much the guys appreciate all the noise and support."
King's Lynn manager Rob Lyon on the Stars' win over Rye House

"I'm feeling beat up and I'm sure I'll hurt like hell for a couple of days, but it will take more than that to keep me off the bike. I instinctively got up straight after the crash but I felt chest pains so had to take a couple of minutes on the track to get myself right. At least it gave the mechanics time to fix my bike!"
Sam Ermolenko - He was involved in a nasty crash at the Showground on Wednesday

"It's not been a good week and I'm still very angry about what Newport have done. But there's nothing I can do about it and so the show goes on."
Weymouth boss Brian White - The Mavericks pulled out of tonight's fixture and the Wildcats are racing a Conference League Select instead.

"However, I believe Berwick will do better simply because we are weaker than we should be and we will have to be on our toes. Berwick will do their level best to surprise us. I'd still like to think we will be strong enough to win it."
John Campbell welcomes Berwick to Armadale tonight

"Having spoken at length with David on Wednesday he is still some way short of a return and has been recommended to take a course of strong muscle relaxants during which he would not be able to race. Therefore, we both feel that he should undertake this course of action which rules him out of our next three fixtures. We are both targeting the Cup semi-finals with Arena as a possible comeback but the chances for that have to be 50-50 at best. For David, this has been an absolute nightmare and team wise we will just have to knuckle down and weather the storm."
Jon Cook on the injured David Norris

"We hadn't ridden for two-and-a-half weeks, so obviously you lose a bit of sharpness. It was a gater's paradise and Glasgow gave us a lesson in gating early on. It was a lesson in how to get out of the start and we lost it."
Paul Thorp on Hull's home defeat from Glasgow

"It was a really thrilling meeting with plenty of very good racing. Toni Svab was very fortunate not to be seriously injured in what was a nasty crash and I feel we were rather unlucky not to hang on to the bonus point."
David Short on Exeter's defeat at Sheffield last night

"Tracks tend to be a bit slicker in this weather due to the heat and drying out quickly, so I need to have a motor that pulls rather than spins. I felt good in the way I was riding last Saturday, but I need to generate more speed and that is what we have been looking at."
Jack Hargreaves of Stoke

 

This article was first published on 15th July 2005

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