Peter puts pressure on Pirates
DANE Peter Kildemand has piled the pressure on fierce rivals Poole after insisting the Pirates go into tonight’s Elite League semi-final as favourites.
The Wimborne Road side only snuck into the end-of-season party thanks to the Robins’ victory over Lakeside a week ago, but in Darcy Ward, Greg Hancock and Maciej Janowski, Kildemand sees a team who have a very real chance of winning the title.
The 2012 Robins Rider of the Year knows his side are more than capable of dominating the Pirates but believes the skull and crossbones go in as favourites.
“Poole have changed their team now and of course they’re very good, but if we can get out the start we will be fine,” he said.
“We don’t go into the play-offs as favourites so there will be a little bit more pressure on Poole because they have good riders like Greg and Darcy, so we are a little bit of an underdog which is good for us.
“They are favourites, but we just have to beat them.
“It’s going to be tough but if everybody rides and scores some points it’s going to be easy, although we are struggling at reserve a little at the moment.
“If they can pick the game up a bit we will be fine, but it would be good to put them to bed at home although if we can go there 10 or 12 up we should be fine.
“It won’t be as easy as it was at Birmingham last season for sure but we will have to see.”
Kildemand was pleased to see captain Hans Andersen go into the play-offs with a maximum against Lakeside last week, but believes he should have had one of his own after four race wins were spoilt by a third place in heat 15 against the Hammers.
“I don’t know what happened but it seems to be what happens to me, but if there had been one more lap I think I would have got him,” he said.
“I need to try and find a way so I can get a max because I felt really good out there and rode well.
“That doesn’t matter know and we all need to focus on the next one which is exciting for everyone.
“Hans rode really well in the last meeting and he’s at the top and shows the way like the captain should.”
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