Speedway: Simon Stead column

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WE’VE had a couple of meetings since my first column and the results have been mixed, although we’re definitely viewing it as a positive week.

On Thursday last week, we put in a great performance at home to Scunthorpe, all the boys chipped in and in the end I think that the scoreline flattered them a little bit. I had a decent night but I was frustrated at dropping at least two points in the last race.

I was in the mindset of an Elite League rider I think and perhaps it was my mistake, because I crashed on the first lap trying to pass when I should have bided my time. In the Elite League, I either would have passed or got a bit closer to the man in front because the guy would be carrying a bit more speed, whereas here I had to lock up and make sure I didn’t crash into the man in front. It was a good lesson though, and maybe it’ll be beneficial in the long run.

On Friday, we headed over to Scunthorpe for the return leg and I think I must have run over a black cat on the way! In the last three years, not once has my primary chain snapped and yet at Scunny it went twice in two races, which I can tell you is pretty frustrating. I was in first in heat 13 when it went and then second in heat 15, so I lost a minimum of five points, as well as valuable points for the team.

I want to be the best rider in the league and I want my average to be right up there, so dropping silly points over the two nights was really frustrating.

I feel really good on the bike at the moment and that just comes from having more track time and gaining confidence from that, hopefully it continues!

Looking ahead, we’ve got Leicester at home tomorrow and a win by seven points takes us through to the next stage of the League Cup. Considering we were predicted by the ‘experts’ to finish 14th, and Leicester second, that would be a great achievement. Factor in that we’re also up against the reigning champions and I think it’d be a good statement of intent early on and hopefully we can finish the job.

Remember you can keep in touch with me and my racing via@Simon_Stead on Twitter, and we race at 7.45pm at Owlerton every Thursday!

See you soon. Steady.