SWEDE Seb Alden is determined to take his chance if he is called upon to face Poole Pirates this evening.

The Berwick rider is on standby to replace Jason Doyle after the Australian suffered a nasty crash in the final of yesterday’s Premier League Riders’ Championship, making him a major doubt for tonight’s Elite League Grand Final first leg.

Alden was riding at Sheffield and witnessed Doyle’s accident, and while he hopes the Aussie recovers, he is determined to make his mark in what will be the biggest meeting of his season.

“It was a quite a big crash, and I hope Jason is okay,” he said.

“It is bad luck for Jason, but it is great to ride in a final and if I get the chance I will take it.

“I have only ridden for Swindon three times this season so it will be a bit weird to be going into the final, but I will take my chance if it comes and I will treat it like any other meeting.

“When I have ridden for the Robins I have been happy with what I have done, and I am in pretty good form at the moment so I know I can do well.”

Alden has yet to make an appearance at Blunsdon this season having raced all three of his Robins meetings away from home, but has no worries about taking to the Abbey Stadium track having spent three seasons riding for the Robins from 2005. “I have obviously been there before so I don’t have any worries about it,” he said.

“The track is a bit different now than it was before I think, but it should be okay and I can’t wait to get going.”