SWINDON ROBINS: Andersen says injury hindered his performance at Poole
CAPTAIN Hans Andersen admitted the hand and wrist injuries he suffered in Poland played a part in his poor performance on Monday night, but admitted the Robins were beaten by the better team.
The Dane was hit by Grzegorz Zengota’s bike while riding in the European Championship in Rzeszow on Sunday night, leaving him with heavy strapping on his fingers and a swollen wrist.
Andersen revealed his injuries made it hard for him, especially at the tapes, but refused to use it as an excuse on a night where he believes only Nick Morris came away with any credit.
“It was a very flat feeling and we were all upset about it, and it really didn’t help that I came into the meeting carrying an injury from my big crash in Poland,” he said.
“I spoke to Rosco before and he said there was no guest available so I did my best, but I did my fingers and my wrist pretty bad so my reflex wasn’t sharp from the tapes and I couldn’t drop the clutch as quick as usual.
“The whole team really, apart from Nick (Morris), let themselves down and Poole deserved it all in the end and the better team won.
“We just didn’t win races, and it was all flat and everyone tried to get us going. There were a few races which killed us really.
“Nick can go away from the meeting with his head held high because he really battled for his points, but the rest of us let ourselves down.”
Andersen now has a string of individual meetings left this season, including the Blue Riband event at Poole, Brandonapolis at Coventry and the Elite League Riders Championship at Swindon, but admitted he didn’t feel much like riding following the Robins’ defeat.
“It’s very disappointing because we know we could have done Birmingham over two legs, and we should have done Poole over really to extend our season but it just didn’t happen,” he said.
“I’ve got a few individual meetings left this season and then I’m done, but at the moment I really don’t feel like I want to ride and want to just go home. I’m feeling flat.”
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