Past The Mid Year Mark

I can’t believe that half the season is over and the playoffs are approaching fast.

July has been an up and down month for the Monarchs. We started the month strongly with three wins followed by two away draws but then hit a bit of a slump and lost the next two matches. I continued to score really well at reserve getting between 9 and 14 points each meeting. As predicted, I was moved from the reserve position back into the main body of the team once our averages were reassessed and my average became too high to remain in the reserve spot. Immediately my scores dropped which is a reflection of the more difficult races and competition I was now up against. Although it will be challenging for me to contribute score wise as much as I was when at reserve, I hope to be able to score at least 5 points per meeting in the No. 2 position which will help me to meet the goal that I set myself at the start of the season which was to finish the season on a 5 point average.

Although we lost some matches throughout July, the Monarchs are currently sitting in 3rd position on the league ladder just one or two points behind the leaders so we are quite confident we will secure a position in the playoffs.  Our team has shown that we have the potential to be there at the end so we just need to recapture some of the form that we had a few weeks ago and we’ll be in with a pretty good chance.

I also competed in my first individual meeting in the UK in July, the Scottish Open which was held at the Armadale track. There was a good field of 16 riders invited to contest the Title including some elite league riders. I managed to score in each heat and finished with 7 points. I came 2nd in two heats, the final one being against three elite league riders. That was a good way for me to finish the night and I was really happy with my performance.  The event was won by the Monarchs No. 1 rider, Craig Cook, and it was great to see a Monarch take the title.

Claus was pretty happy with our away draw - Photo courtesy of Ron MacNeil
Claus was pretty happy with our away draw - Photo courtesy of Ron MacNeil
Riding the inside line at Armadale - Photo courtesy of Ron MacNeil
Riding the inside line at Armadale - Photo courtesy of Ron MacNeil