18 matches undefeated creates new record
This amazing form has continued and we’ve now won 17 matches and got a draw in one which means we have raced 18 matches and are still undefeated. Due to World Under 21 commitments I’ve missed a couple of the matches but this doesn’t seem to matter as when we are down a rider or someone is having an off night, the rest of the team is in such good form that they can successfully cover. We are in the great position of having a very strong No. 1 rider in Craig Cook and we’ve also got an incredibly good reserve in Steve Worrall who is racking up the points for us at the tail end. Once his average is reassessed there will probably be some movement within the middle order of the team but hopefully this won’t affect our performance too much as we seem to have strength throughout.
World Under 21 campaign has come to a close. The qualifying round for the individual event was held at Leicester and only the top 4 riders from the field of 16 progress to the final. I’d unfortunately drawn the outside gate in 2 of my heats which was proving to be the graveyard gate on the night. I dropped a couple of points throughout the heats which had me in equal 4th position with two other riders at the completion of the rounds. This meant a ride off and again I drew the outside gate and again it didn’t work for me and I was beaten and therefore can’t participate in the final. To ride in the World Under 21 final was a goal for me this year so I was really disappointed not to progress.
I’ve since been part of the 4 man Australian Under 21 teams event which was held in Germany and Australia was up against Germany, the UK and Czechoslovakia. Scoring was really close with only a few points separating Austalia, the UK and the Czechs. I had a great night and top scored for Australia and at the end of the heats, Australia was drawn with Czechoslovakia. Another run off was required to see who progressed and Nick Morris from Australia came a close second which means we missed out on progression by 1 point.
At the end of the night the top point scorer from each of the 4 teams was asked to compete in a race for the Grouse Trophy. I was up against a couple of very strong riders and was rapt to win that race and that just topped off my night really well. I feel that my performance in the teams event was really good and I’m happy with how it went.
I’ve also been back to Poland for some practice rides and attended my first League match at Torun. The stadium which holds 15,500 people was pretty full and the atmosphere fantastic. I just hope that I get to actually race there one day.
I’ve also raced some meetings in Denmark and will try to get back there as much as my UK calendar allows because I’ve still got some set ups on my bikes to perfect and don’t feel that they have seen the best of me there yet.