SWINDON ROBINS: Kennett hopes to make the most of track time
EDWARD Kennett has admitted tonight’s meeting with Lakeside is a vital one for him personally as he gets some much-needed time on the bike ahead of the play-offs.
Aside from a brief spell in the Premier League with Berwick and one meeting for Torun in Poland, the former Coventry rider has only ridden for the Robins in 2013, with every other Swindon rider either competing in multiple leagues abroad or in the second tier in this country.
Kennett had to cut his spell with the Bandits when Kyle Howarth joined the Robins as they had reached the limit of three doubling-up riders, and has also been working for one of his sponsors this season, and admitted things will have to change for next season as he looks to make a living from the sport he loves.
“It’s been a while since I’ve been on a bike, probably over a week or so now, so I just want to get back on it and get a big win which will bring confidence going into the play-offs,” he said.
“I’ve only got this meeting and then I won’t ride again until the 23rd and that’s really tough although you just have to deal with it and do the best you possibly can.
“I might be able to fit in a day of practice somewhere next week but I’m still working at the moment for my sponsor, but it would be good if I can do something to keep on the ball.
“I wish I could have carried on doubling up but unfortunately I had to stop, but although you don’t suddenly forget how to ride a bike it hasn’t been great for the last couple of months because I haven’t been able to ride much.
“Financially I can’t afford to do the same again next year because of the cost, and to go and have a proper job is something I haven’t had to do for a good few years.”
Despite admitting his struggles throughout the season, the Brit is fully focused on tonight’s meeting and wants his side to gain a confidence boosting victory ahead of the play-off campaign.
“Lakeside are a strong team who still want to get a win and it will be tough for us,” he said.
“We need to be on top of our game really because we want to win, and we especially want to get the win because we need that boost of confidence going into the play-offs in a couple of weeks.”
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