SWINDON ROBINS: Andersen frustrated by postponement
SWINDON captain Hans Andersen admitted the Robins made the right decision to call off last night’s challenge match with Great Britain Lions, but is becoming frustrated by a lack of track time.
The meeting against the likes of Chris Harris and Scott Nicholls was postponed yesterday morning due to a weather forecast predicting heavy rain which would have made the Abbey Stadium track unraceable following a week of poor weather in Wiltshire.
Andersen was frustrated not to get a ride after heavy snow also thwarted his plans to test his bikes in Poland earlier in the week, but believes the Robins management made the right decision which meant he didn’t have to make a wasted trip from Denmark.
“It’s very frustrating because we just want to go out and ride, but there’s no point in running a meeting and getting out there if the track conditions aren’t good,” he said.
“There is no point having a meeting just for the sake of it, because we are not going to get anything out of it if the track isn’t anything like what it will be like during the season.
“I wanted to practice a bit in Poland too, but there is snow over there which meant I couldn’t so it’s already getting a bit frustrating.
“It would have been nice to ride the track as a team, but most of us had a skid last Thursday in the Bob Kilby meeting although we could probably do with more time.
“Weather permitting we might all have a go round the track next week when we meet up for a team bonding session before the Elite Shield meeting with Poole.”
Team manager Alun Rossiter was also left frustrated by the rain-off, but insisted there was nothing the club could have done.
“The forecast was horrendous, and there is no point running a meeting like that. It was nailed on to be chucking it down, even though sometimes they can get it wrong," he said.
“It has been raining all around us and the track has already had a lot of water earlier in the week, and while it is not what we wanted, all in all it was the right decision.”