SWINDON ROBINS: Morris declares himself fit for play-off clash
NICK Morris has revealed he will be fit to take his place in the Robins side for Monday’s play-off semi-final second leg at Poole.
The teenage Australian crashed while chasing Josh Grajczonek in heat 14 of Monday night’s first-leg at Blunsdon and left the track in ambulance sparking fears he had suffered a serious injury.
It was later revealed the youngster had suffered a concussion after being knocked unconscious which would usually rule a rider out for seven to 10 days, but speaking three days after the accident Morris has now declared himself fit to ride at Wimborne Road.
The 19-year-old is due to be back on his bike today in an individual meeting in the Czech Republic before riding for Australia in the World U21 Team Championship in Pardubice tomorrow, and isn’t expecting any problems following his concussion.
“I’m getting better every day and my head’s still a little funny when I run around and things like that, but I’ve still go a couple more days sop I should okay,” he said.
“I don’t remember anything about the crash, nothing really, I don’t remember crashing but I can remember waking up in the back of the ambulance and talking to a few people.
“I will ride on Monday no matter what I think because I’m riding in the Czech Republic, because even though I was knocked out for a bit there isn’t much of an after effect.”
Robins boss Alun Rossiter is relieved Morris will be able to take his place in the side, but had already taken steps to cover for the Australian’s absence by swapping the Somerset rider and Brit Edward Kennett’s places in the riding order.
“I knew there was something wrong when Nick crashed because he usually bounces up and this time he didn’t and then we found out he was out cold,” he said.
“I’ve moved Nick back to two and Edward is going to four again, and that’s for a couple of reasons really.
“Firstly it covers for any complications because rider replacement is better at number two than it is at number four, but that is just a precaution really.
“The reason I swapped them in the first place is because heat 14 is so vital and Edward wasn’t delivering, but he’s riding so much better now and I have always said he will come to the party when the play-offs came round.
“Moving them around makes things a bit more fresh and also gives us the flexibility if things aren’t quite right.”
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