While recent results haven’t perhaps gone the way we would like for the Bandits and I could carry out a post mortem on where it’s went wrong, it simply isn’t my style.
What I’d rather do is get behind the team and support them through the bad times as it makes the good times that little bit sweeter.
We head into this weekend focused solely on Bullets business and their so far successful National Development League campaign. After our last meeting against Leicester, I caught up with a young man making his debut in the league this season and a man who arguably made the difference between his side getting a draw and the Bullets getting a win.
Here we catch up with Ben Trigger, who also recently won the British Youth Championship round at Redcar this past Sunday.
You were obviously very successful at youth level, just how big a jump have you found the plunge to NDL to be, and just how big of a difference is it being in a team environment compared to individuals at youth level?
BT – It was obviously going to be a big jump and a tough one but I felt like the team gave me a boost and now I feel more comfortable. If I’m being honest, I prefer being in the team environment as you have people around you giving you tips all the time. I also had a little experience in the NJL with the Ashfield Giants which gave me an insight into team racing and some experience in the team environment.
You recently won your first race at NDL level, arguably rescuing your side a draw, just how much of a confidence boost was that for you?
BT – Yeah, it was amazing to get the win! I came close in my first meeting when I finished in second behind my team mate Tom Spencer. It was a huge confidence boost as I have proven to myself and people around that I can do it and I hope it’s the first of many.
We’re there offers to ride elsewhere or was Leicester always going to be the place you started your NDL career?
BT – At the end of last year, Stewart Dickson said that he wanted me on board but I didn’t think much of it as I had only just started, but when I had a message saying he wanted to sign me I was over the moon. I have always liked the track at Leicester too so it was a good match up and it made sense to go there.
What are your aims for the rest of the season ahead?
BT – I would like to get my National League average up and also win the British Youth Championship this year too.
Looking beyond this season, is the aim to break into the championship eventually and double up like many others are doing?
BT – Yes I would like to get into championship and progress further in the leagues. If possible I might try to double up but it depends on how things play out as we move forward.
When you see the likes of Drew Kemp and Anders Rowe starting to make waves internationally, is that something you see for yourself moving forward?
BT – Yeah for sure, I would love to be abroad and racing for Team GB and it would be nice to get call up for it all too in the future.
Huge thanks to Ben for taking the time to answer my questions and best of luck to him for the rest of the season.
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