Soundbites: 28th June 2005
"I never try to break records, that is not my main ambition. I just try to win as many races as I can, and if you win
races, then you will win GPs as well.
I know I only need a small, small slip and I won't be winning, so I need to stay focussed. I never take anything for
"I've never been able to beat Tony before, but that was the best race I have done and I suddenly thought
`hey, I beat Tony' and that's a great feeling.
It was a good race too and real fun. He has always been so hard to beat because he is such a great rider.
I really want to be like him in time, but there is a way to go yet. I was very pleased with third place.
Of course you come to every meeting to want to win it, but I am learning so much this year and I think that it is so good
for me that I have to work at getting the results."
"It is always pleasing to get something from an away match and I am proud of my boys getting a draw."
"I have until midnight on Wednesday to sign a rider so that he can be declared in the three days before we ride against
It has been non-stop work for me. I have been trying all over Europe to bring in a suitable rider and so far I haven't been able to come up with the right person.
There are riders available but it's no good bringing in someone who can ride in one meeting and then misses the next three because of commitments on the continent.
I have had two Polish riders under review and have also been looking in Sweden but haven't been able to make a signing as yet.
Sebastian Tresarrieu of Swindon is still in the frame but it is dependent on the Robins making a signing themselves. Everyone was full of it that they had signed a Pole called Belinsky but when all comes to all it hasn't gone through.
Some promoters are getting fed up of me ringing them but I am always persistent and I'm sure we'll get something sorted before too long."
"It's not going to be easy, but we have to go there feeling optimistic.
It's only half-time, and we can look back on some good results at Berwick. The pressure will be on them now, which might
just work in our favour."
"The team just keeps getting better and better, what a win!
We have beaten a good side and cemented our place at the top of the division. I am confident we can go on and win it. It
would be great if we did.
This gives us a good score to take to their place. We have raced against all the teams in the league now so the lads
should have nothing to fear."
"That was sheer agony, but well worth it. It was a great meeting."
"Throughout the final I could see what was going to happen in terms of a last-heat decider and so I just had to get my
head down and ride through the pain. I didn't make the gate although I was challenging Andrew Tully when he fell and I was
just glad to see him excluded and not me.
I wasn't going to take any risks in the re-run and so I just made sure I stayed on and collected the point we needed for
"I thought I was here until the end of the season.
We'll just have to see what happens. All I can do is keep scoring good points in the Premier League and ironically this
came just after a really good weekend when I got my first maximum on Friday in the win over Newcastle and then a paid 12
points for Workington against King's Lynn on Saturday.
I feel I've done everything asked of me in my time for Panthers and it's very disappointing."
"Most of the comments I have received from sponsors and supporters have been very encouraging.
We were in the situation where we had lost Paul Lee through injury and I had to move quickly to cover his absence,
straight after the meeting we made the decision to bring Kevin Doolan back in but we needed the extra points to fit him
in. Matthew Wethers was also available so the decision was made to replace Adam Allott too and use the points left from
Adam and Paul to fit Matthew in."
"I know it might sound stupid, but I'm not that disappointed by what we got.
Basically we were given a lesson in gating and Berwick were on fire.
We were poor but, all things being equal, we'd have put up a better show with a full team or with a guest scoring
"I'll be badly out of pocket because I'm a self employed plasterer and earn £500 per week if working every day, while I
will also be losing my speedway earnings.
It means I'll have to win a lot of races when I come back, or otherwise get six numbers up on the Lottery!"
"Adam has come into the team and decided his job was to try and make my life difficult. He loves to ride for the club and
that has shown in his last two performances. The meeting at Swindon was astonishing.
The plan was for him to stay with us for a month, but Adam just wants to hang in with us."
"Rye House are an excellent side, so it reflects well on our team that we drew despite the zero from our captain.
I was very close to dropping Phil from heat 13.
But it would have meant putting Christian (Henry) into gate two for that race and he wasn't confident about doing well
from such an inside position."
"I believe Daniel has the potential to increase his average and I doubt there will be many better reserve partnerships
than the one he'll form with Lukas."
"It was a terrible blow, especially as Jason was going so well. I don't think we'd have won the meeting with him but I'm sure we would have sneaked the aggregate bonus point."
This article was first published on 28th June 2005
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