Rory’s 100 per cent a Bandit

Published on 31st January 2024
Author George Dodds

Skipper Rory Schlein will be laser-focussed on his role with the Bandits in 2024.

Our Aussie racer is back for a second season at Shielfield by popular demand and the new campaign will see him appearing only in the Cab Direct Championship. Despite a couple of tentative approaches from Premiership clubs in the early stages of winter team-building the five-time South Australian champion has stuck to his plan and shunned the opportunity to double up in the Premiership.

“I spoke to Scott Nicholls a bit about how it had worked for him last season,” he told Scott Frame in an exclusive interview for our Total Access channel. “Last year I was working full-time, riding for the Bandits and Wolverhampton and doing my own engines as well.

“Originally I planned to have a full-time mechanic but that just didn’t happen and at times it was a case of coming home from work and then spending six hours in the workshop, getting up the next morning for work and then going to wherever I was racing.”

Rory made a successful return to the sport after retiring at the end of 2022, ending the campaign with number one on his back but he admits that it was a disappointing season for the Bandits.

“I’m not going to sugar coat it. We looked a good team on paper. The tools were there, we just didn’t use them properly,” he admitted.

“This year I think we will be strong at home and very, very strong away.

“As a captain the one thing I expect is 110 per cent from me as well as the rest of the team. If you don’t come prepared like that … then don’t come at all.

“Jamie, Scott and everyone at the club have worked hard to get the package right for me so that all I have to do is turn up and get it right on the track.”

Hear more from the skipper and his insight on the rest of the 2024 Bandits on Total Access which will be available on our social media channels from 1pm today.

George Dodds
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