Soundbites: 19th June 2006
"I have been waiting to come to England for a few months but I had to complete my final school
exams first. Now they are out of the way, I cannot wait to start riding for Peterborough.
I have heard great things about British speedway from the likes of Ryan Sullivan and Greg
Hancock and I can't wait to try it out."
"There is no point in going straight into a match unless you are fully fit. My elbow certainly
feels better, it isn't so sore. I'll be able to tell exactly how well it is healing when I'm on
my bike in the second half.
I'm back at my work, and I was told to give it two weeks before practising. This was in
order to build up my muscles again. The doctors know best and I'm heeding their advice."
"Things have started to look a little brighter for us in recent weeks and we are not too far off the playoff places now.
It is going to be hard without Morten (Risager), but if the lads can reproduce the sort of form
they showed at Oxford on Wednesday there shouldn't be a problem."
"I am really proud of the team. Everybody did really well and it was nice to see Richie (Dennis)
at his best. The reserves were awesome and using rider replacement worked well.
I thought it might have been tougher without Benji (Compton). They are a good side and they
beat us here last year but we were firing on all cylinders."
"Initially Grzegorz had a groin injury which he suffered when he was hit hard by his
handlebars while riding in Poland. In further tests, doctors have found he has a kidney
stone. It is a compounded injury and he is very upset in that whole area of his body.
He has had the kidney stones lasered, but he goes into hospital again today to see if
he can carry on riding.
It is serious stuff because they might say he could be out for the rest of the season.
Alternatively, he could be told that he could be back for us in our next fixture next week."
"I was very happy to take up the offer. But it goes beyond him helping me at meetings
because we've been talking to a personal trainer who will work with me and we've also
been discussing diet to make sure that is correct. Getting involved with Chris is about
helping me to progress and I am confident it will. It had been in my mind that I
needed someone like him to help but its not always easy to find someone suitable
who is willing to do it."
"The scoreline didn't reflect the effort all the boys put in. Some of our riders had
mechanical problems on the night, but overall I was pleased by our performance."
"It was ridiculous. We weren't at the races.
There are no excuses. We just weren't very good."
"It was fun because I have always wanted to have a track record, especially on a British Elite
I didn't think I would take it here because it was a really fast time by Ryan and I
had never even been close to this track record before last week.
But I made a good gate and I was just going for it.
I was pulling all the way, but I didn't know I was going that fast."
"We get short changed as riders. The BSPA say these are big meetings and of course they are - but we get short changed.
The riders go and put on a show and of course we would all rather win than not. But it's far from being a profitable meeting for most and, more often than not, the way things are now, the home track boys take the purse."
"I've heard so much about Tai I want to have a look at him round Derwent Park. He is 16 in
August and could then ride in our League as a C grade reserve so that would be something
I will consider when I see him in action.
I know his father Rob because we were riding competitively around the same time."
"We want to keep the Falcons alive while we sort out our new home and we think riding as a
team is the best way of doing so. Nights like this also give our wonderful fans a chance
to see the Falcons ride again and allows them to get together to fly the flag for the
"He is a very determined character and wanted to get a meeting under his belt despite the discomfort, but there were times he was struggling to hold the line."
"James is a professional speedway rider and we have encouraged him to take this chance, even
though it means we will lose his services.
He deserves to be in the Premier League and, just like Carl Wilkinson last season, I have told
Peter Waite that he has gained a very good man."
"No-one wants to see a meeting called off, but you have to think of rider safety and fans' value for money."
"Under the circumstances I felt it was a thoroughly good performance.
All the riders gave 100 per cent but the loss of Karlis (Ezergailis) was a blow."
"It was a most annoying incident and why Jamie chose to do it after only finishing third in
heat 14 I do not know.
The consequence, of course, is our A-grade reserve will be missing for crucial matches
coming up and we will have to look around for guest cover."
"I needed that because I've had a disappointing run of results recently. It was a good
pick-me-up. I was particularly disappointed to miss out in the World Under-21s in Poland
because I had set my heart on getting through to the final.
That was a major target this season after I had got there last year. But now I will put
that behind me and I'm looking forward to the rest of the season, getting as many points
as I can for the Comets and Belle Vue."
"It was a very good meeting and we saw some exciting racing from two sets of fantastic riders.
They gave us a harder job than we had expected because on paper they didn't seem that strong.
In the end, it took a real team effort to ensure we won the match - there were some very
good performances all round the side."
This article was first published on 19th June 2006
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