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With both our away fixtures being rained off last week it was no surprise to me that we took our frustrations out on Edinburgh in the home match on Saturday night.

Another good home win and the team is looking better with each away meeting so there is still plenty left to fight for in the run to the playoffs.

Although Jye is not riding for Belle Vue anymore he has definitely hit another level with his racing recently.

He has become a much more mature rider and while retaining his ability to make lightning quick starts he has added consistency and on-track speed to his armoury, so our determined “reserve” has earned his place in the team and established himself greatly in recent times.

Last weekend we had the odd situation of fielding both reserves in heat 15. Not because of injuries, mechanicals or other riders riding badly -- just simply because they were the best riders on the night.

Theo has hit form at the right time and looks to be really enjoying his time back in Bandits’ colours while Nikolaj has continued to get better and better and looks to be scoring big points no matter what race jacket he wears at the moment.

I was at Leicester on Monday when he helped the Lions hammer it to the Aces, scoring 15 himself and I’m sure I could hear Jye cheering even though he was not in the stadium!

This week’s home match will be our last until we find out if we make the playoffs, so it’s important to get another big win and carry that momentum on to our last few away meetings.

The fixtures are pretty steady at the moment but as normal I have a few extra bits away from racing to keep me busy.

The weekend of the 24/25/26 August I will be helping out at the Minibike World Champs at Kettering, so we are looking to get a massive turnout with riders from all over the globe looking to take home the title of World Champion.

It will be a big event but the Minibike Champs Crew have another task on their hands that is close to all our hearts. We have been raising money for a little racer called Micky Bennett who is being treated for leukaemia.

If you have seen the front of my bike recently it has Micky’s race number 07 on it and a get-well message. The lads in the Minibike Champs crew will be raising money by shaving heads at the World Champs so expect to see me looking a bit streamlined after the 26th.

The girls in the crew came up with the idea of cycling from Minibike Champs HQ (aka Jamie’s house) near Oxford to Great Ormond St Hospital (over 60 mile) where Micky is getting treatment.

As you all know I love cycling and although there won’t be any mountains involved I’ve put my name down to brave the roads and pavements with the girls to raise money for Micky.

If you fancy helping us along with our fund-raising head over to www.justgiving.com and search Littlemickyb.