Soundbites: 5th June 2004
"I've been injured before - but not right in the middle of a season. The last time I was out through injury was at the end of September and I only missed three meetings.
I am due for another X-ray a week on Wednesday and I will know a lot more after that. But I've set myself a target of being back in action by the first of next month."
"We only found out when we received a fax saying Norbert had crashed. It didn't say exactly
when it was but that once the break was discovered it needed to be operated on.
It is a blow but we will be using the rider replacement facility and will wait for Norbert
to recover. He will still be coming to the club unless a better option comes to light."
"We need to carry our fantastic home form on and start to win some away matches if we are going
to have a chance of a really good league position. Neither match will be easy, as away wins
are always hard to come by in speedway, but we have a good team here and I'm sure we can
come away with something from the weekend."
"None of us could believe that he was going to race again. It takes some bottle to come back
from an injury like that and race as well as he did.
It was unbelievable that he went out in his first race for ten weeks and won it in what
proved to be the fastest time of the night."
"I'm looking very much forward to the challenge in Glasgow. I'm ambitious and really want to
succeed but know I'm on a learning curve."
"On the way home from our southern tour I met up with Eric's mentor, former world champion Sam Ermolenko, and we agreed terms in principle.
We have struggled at reserve this season, so to bring in a rider of his quality is a timely boost as we begin our assault on the Premier League title in earnest."
"I'm so chuffed, it was brilliant. We were under pressure, but there was such a great team
spirit and the crowd helped as well. What a night."
"We have nothing to prove to people.
We should be booed when we don't ride well, but we should be loved when we win.
That is the nature of speedway. You have your ups and downs."
"It is far too early to write us off purely on the basis of losing one home meeting.
Admittedly it wasn't a good sign, but our league programme has only just started, who knows
what might happen."
"I had a practice at Hull on Wednesday and my knee feels up to it.
There will be no easy time to come back and I just need to get out there and start racing again."
"Having had the best part of a week to think about it, Edward decided we are too far away from
his home. I believe he said the same thing to Workington."
"We have been knocked back and told that using Billy Hamill is out of the question, as is
trying to get him changed from a grade five rider to a grade four rider."
"There was a bit of tension between myself and Scott. This happens in the heat of the battle
sometimes. We have talked about it together and we are both professional in our approach.
We have the best interests of Ipswich at heart. We both want to win races and we both want Ipswich to do well."
"I don't want to speak to soon - because the season isn't finished yet - but you would think we
could not have any more back luck than what we have already had this year.
Poor old Rosco has had a real baptism of fire, but that's speedway and it was great for him
that we got that Coventry win."
"Last year at this time we were struggling.
We were bottom of the table and we stayed there, now we are at the top and we have to hang
on to the placing we have already gained."
This article was first published on 5th June 2004
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