Welcomes and Farewells?

Published on 26th July 2017
Author Mythman

Well there is never a dull moment being a Berwick fan is there?

Yes we have endured a hell of a season and results have been poor at best, but it certainly hasn’t been for the lack of effort by our promotion.

Yet again we welcome another new face into the side in the form of Danish star Nikolai Busk Jakobsen, as we look to maximise our points and restore some pride for the rest of the season.

NBJ is a rider I rate highly and I can’t think of him ever having a poor meeting here at Berwick so that can only bode well for us. He is a rider of proven quality and should do well, and who knows he may well wish to come back for more in 2018 should both parties wish.

With Lewis Bridger being out longer than expected and now looking like he will require surgery on his back injury, the club was forced to make a move to make the tea, as strong as possible.

Hopefully Lewis make a speedy recovery and is back racing in the not too distant future as once he found form, he looked a serious force to be reckoned with at this level.

Of course as we welcome one rider into the side we must say farewell to another and that man is Joe Jacobs. Coming into the side with the unenviable task of replacing Lewis Bridger for a 28 day spell and in fairness to Joe he did a marvellous job.

Even though both parties knew at the time it was only going to be a short term deal I’m sure it was still a tough call to replace Joe given the sterling job he did for us. Not a bad complaint to have but normally underperforming riders are the ones to make way, and Joe Jacobs certainly wasn’t underperforming.

Exceeding the expectations of many, myself included, Joe Jacobs proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he can mix it with the best of them at Championship level and I sincerely hope that he finds a team spot soon.

Just another example of how tough this sport can be at times, something the Bandits fans know all too well this season!

In other news, it was nice to see so many fellow Bandits fans down in Cardiff for the British Grand Prix which proved to be another entertaining evening of speedway.

Despite all the restarts and such likes the fans were treated to a highly entertaining and competitive meeting with Maciej Janowski the eventual victor on the night.

That victory means he has won both of the last two rounds and propels himself up to second in the standings, just a solitary point behind Jason Doyle, who once again recovered from a poor start to fire himself into the final, all while still riding with a broken foot!

Janowski looks like a man who is starting to come of age in the GP series and is now becoming a serious contender in the championship. Jason Doyle on the other hand is starting to develop the ability to turn poor nights into productive nights and that could well prove to be the difference at the business end of the season.

Patryk Dudek is still very much in the hunt as well as he sits only a couple of points behind Doyle despite not having yet won a GP and not making the final in Cardiff. With that being said he is too good not to win one and I feel that once he does, it may become a regular occurrence to see him on the top step of the podium.

I predicted before the season started that this year’s GP series could be one of the most exciting in recent history and that it could go all the way to the wire and so far that prediction is proving to be fairly accurate.

I can’t wait to see what happens next and I’m sure you can’t either!

Sadly in Cardiff the fans were robbed of the chance to see Greg Hancock in action as he pulled out of the meeting with a shoulder problem after half a lap. Hopefully the injury isn’t too bad and Greg is back in action soon.

Another man who has had injury problems has been triple world champion Nicki Pedersen, and at the time of writing we can await a statement from Nicki with regards to his future in the sport.

Whatever the outcome of that statement there is little doubt that Pedersen is a man who has nothing to prove in this sport anymore and that despite what you may or may not think of him he is a box office draw.

Should Nicki Pedersen decide to call it a day, I truly hope that the organisers of the GP series make sure he gets one final hurrah or a lap of honour, as the GP series, as good as it has been this year, is a poorer place without him.

Of course if you wish to agree, or disagree with the Mythman, have an idea for a feature, or you simply want to chew the fat over all things speedway, you can email me Mythman666@hotmail.com. If your compliments, or indeed, gripes can be contained to just 120 characters, you can send me a tweet @Mythman666.

Until next time…and there will be a next time.

Right I’ll hae’tae gan



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