Defeat won’t dent Sheffield Tigers’ confidence

Dimitri Berge
Dimitri Berge
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Flying Frenchman Dimitri Berge is backing Sheffield to bounce back after their Plymouth disappointment.

Tigers slipped to a defeat at the St Boniface Arena on Friday in their first league outing of the season after topping their League Cup group.

And Berge says the team are up for the challenge of pushing for the league title as they look to hit back at Peterborough on Sunday.

“The Premier League is the main one we want to win and we were disappointed with the Plymouth result after seeing last Thursday rained off. I think we have a really strong side this year who can win a lot of meetings and hopefully win some trophies, so I hope things will go to plan.

“We have had one bad meeting so far after a good run in the League Cup, I certainly believe we have what it takes to go all the way in the league.

“It’s a shame in many ways we haven’t got a meeting this Thursday, but when we go to Peterborough on Sunday we will give it our very best to try and get some away points on the board.”

Berge insists he’s enjoying the challenge of a switch to Owlerton, one of the fastest tracks in British racing. He said: “Being at Sheffield is a new challenge for me, and I’m really enjoying it so far,” Berge said.

“I’ve learned a lot in my two years riding in Britain and now I want to really focus and have a big year. I want to build on the experience I’ve got and add some points to my average, and I’m pleased to have got off to a good start.

“I’ve been riding well at home so far which I’m really pleased with. I like the Sheffield track, I’ve got a nice set-up that I’m very happy with now and I am starting to score some good points. I always thought the track would suit me because it’s big and fast which is good for my style.

“I hope to keep things going this way for the whole season.”

Berge has looked stylish and classy in his home performances so far and is sure to play a big part in the club’s play-off push.

He spent last season with Glasgow but didn’t settle at Ashfield and left the club mid-way through the season. And when Sheffield were alerted to his availability in the winter they were keen to pounce because of his reputation on the faster tracks.

There is no Owlerton action tomorrow but after Sunday’s trip to Peterborough they return to home action next week, May 12, against Berge’s former club Glasgow.