Soundbites: 19th March 2005
"Bandits have a good look about them this season with solidity throughout the side and a very
strong reserve pairing. We feel we should have enough at the top end to record a win and get
our season off to a fine start at home."
"I feel the young team Coventry have put together this year is one that can land some
silverware, and I see my move away from Ipswich as a new lease of life.
I may be the old man of the team at 26, but I haven't reached my peak yet and I am hoping
the change of scenery will help me achieve my goals, both as an individual and as a member
of the Coventry team."
"I'm not complaining about the track, but it was a gater's paradise and we weren't gating.
We've no excuses, but I'm very disappointed because I thought we'd sneak a win when we led
28-25 after nine races. No-one really stood out for us, but nobody had a bad night either.
Ipswich certainly isn't my lucky track. I've been taking teams there for 35 years and haven't
"I have no doubt Rusty will come to Workington fully fired up to prove a point, to me especially, but I stand by my view that he will come back to us a better rider."
"It's a new challenge for me in my first year in the Premier League and it looks like a really
good side at Somerset. I can't wait to get it started. I am just one of the team and there are
seven of us who are all looking forward to the season. Of course there's pressure on me to do
well, but I'm used to the pressure - and I put pressure on myself to do well."
"The new lads may need a couple of meetings to help settle in, but we're confident that all
seven riders can do a good job for us."
"There is nothing wrong with the Monmore track, it's just that I haven't learned to ride it
properly yet. I don't have a problem with small tracks because my best meeting last year was
at Eastbourne and that's pretty small. Monmore got to my head a bit and I started to think
about it too much. I had to think hard about what was best, but I felt that it would be best
to stay with Wolverhampton. I like the other riders in the team and the club is well-organised.
It's a good place to be."
"It will be a good experience for me. I know it is going to be really tough but I am really
looking forward to it. Hopefully, "I can pick up a couple of points or so in both meetings -
and that would be really good. Being in with the big boys is a boost to my confidence."
"It's far from ideal but it's one of those things, there is nothing we can do. Everyone knows
that Paul is from a Grass Track background and he never wanted to pack that in just to do
speedway. Benji will be keen to do a job. He wants to prove a point to people that he has
what it takes to mix it with the Premier League boys."
"I am not getting too carried away after the home win, as the bottom line is that Poole are
still a good team. The positives for us are that we can still improve on that first showing.
Not many sides are going to win at Poole this year so I just hope we can stay close in the
return. I would be happy with that and even happier if we win on aggregate."
"We weren't happy with the track at all. It was like a sponge pudding on the second turn.
After a lot of debate we reluctantly decided to ride as we'd have been fined if we'd
pulled out. They ended up putting a white line round the bad bit - it looked like a chicane."
"There is no point in just telling people what you are going to do because there is a job to be
done. You have simply got to get out on the track and do it. Hopefully by doing this, I will
wipe away any of the doubts people might have. I still feel I can ride at this level otherwise
I wouldn't be putting myself in this position. Ultimately, I will do my talking on the track
because it is results that talk at the end of the day."
"I thought right from the start it was going to be tough for us tonight, especially looking at
the strength of their team and with King at reserve where he could do damage."
"We will definitely be fired up for this one - but the crowd can give us the edge if they
create an atmosphere and get behind the lads. It's been a tough start, but we are capable of
turning things around providing everyone rides to their capabilities.
"He has been available to ride for about six months but previously hadn't shown an interest in
returning before he came to us. James has come back a different guy. He has learnt from his
mistakes. For us, it was an opportunity too good to miss."
This article was first published on 19th March 2005
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