As we draw ever closer towards the end of the Speedway season, the focus for all the teams, irrespective of their league position is to end the season on a high note and to go out with a bang...
Well Aaron Summers and Nickolaj Busk Jakobsen certainly went out with a bang but both have sadly seen their respective seasons come to an abrupt end due to injury.
This certainly wasn't the way in which either man wanted to end the season but both men can hold their heads extremely high and be proud of their efforts for the Bandits this season, with Nickolaj has providing us with plenty of thrills, with lots of flair and panache thrown in for good measure along the way.
In truth though, Aaron Summers has been an outstanding number one for the Bandits in 2019 and as well was being blisteringly consistent and devastatingly effective with his scoring he has lead from the front all year.
If you don't believe me, then cast your mind back to the away meetings at Somerset and Leicester, both meetings which Aaron sadly missed due to injury. Had he been fit for those meetings we may have snuck a point at Leicester and I firmly believe we would have picked up the win at Somerset, which would have seen us well and truly in the hunt.
However as we know it sadly wasn't to be.
As we are all too well aware, injuries are part and parcel of the sport and we have seen virtually all the Bandits in the wars at some point or another during the course of the season, but their dedication to the cause can never be faulted with many of them riding through the pain barrier for large parts of the campaign.
The two crashes which ended Aaron and Nickolaj's season must be up there with some of the most alarming accidents seen at Shielfield Park in recent memory but they sadly marred two very hard fought victories for the Bandits over Eastbourne and Birmingham.
These victories coupled with a very good point at Redcar and another home victory against Scunthorpe have seen us climb the table with a mathematical possibility of making the playoffs.
However without our two top men, that obviously isn't going to be easy...
Enter Thomas H Jonasson.
If you're going to make a signing you make it a good one and with a CV which boasts Grand Prix experience as well as a Swedish Championship, I would say the Bandits may just be on to a shrewd piece of business here.
There are folks who will argue that THJ hasn't reached his full potential and while there is an argument for that, there is little doubt that he is a rider more than capable of scoring points at this level, and where better to start rebuilding his UK career than with the Berwick Bandits.
This is a move which could work out very well for all parties and depending on the result at Birmingham tomorrow night, where he will make his debut, the Bandits might just finish the season with a bang, hopefully minus the crash and the wallop stuff we have seen the last couple of weeks.
Saturday night will see the home debut of Thomas H Jonasson and I hope there is a huge crowd to give him the type of welcome that only Bandits fans can and carry the team to a victory dedicated to Aaron and Nickolaj.
Saturday night, Shielfield Park, 7PM, don't be late and bring a mate!
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