TAPES-UP: Swindon Robins star Kildemand out of Poole clash
DANE Peter Kildemand admitted he never felt truly comfortable on the bike as he endured a torrid night at Saturday’s Grand Prix Challenge.
After crashing heavily during the Robins’ loss to Belle Vue on Thursday night Kildemand hit the deck twice more at Wimborne Road as he failed to score from his five rides, and he will now miss today’s clash with the Pirates as he bids to recover from what is thought to be a minor concussion.
Kildemand didn’t take the decision to miss today’s meeting lightly, but both he and Alun Rossiter believe it to be the right decision considering the way he felt on the bike during the Challenge.
“I had a sore leg, but I really banged my head on Thursday and that was part of the problem,” he said.
“I didn’t feel like I was riding the bike like I normally do, I tried everything and I think the bike was fine it was just me that wasn’t there in the head.
“I’m not sure why, maybe from the crash on Thursday, and maybe I should take a few more days to rest instead of keeping racing. It’s hard when you have a meeting like the Challenge because you always want to push it and give your best, but it’s easy to look back in the mirror.
“I don’t want to do anything stupid like this meeting because it’s not worth it, and I don’t want to race if I’m not fit because we have the play-offs coming up.”
Kildemand’s night at Poole got off to the worst possible start as he hit the deck in the first corner of turn one after being given little room by eventual qualifier Krzysztof Kasprzak, and although he tried to change the referee’s mind his evening went downhill from there.
“In my first ride I made a good start but it was called back, and then in the second I made an alright one from gate four but Kasprzak ran me up to the fence,” he said.
“I couldn’t do anything else but put it down to avoid hitting the fence hard, and after the race I called the referee but he did nothing.”
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