Rossiter unfazed by delay
SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter does not believe the seven-day delay in starting the Elite League Grand Final will halt the momentum of his rampant Robins.
The Blunsdon side steamed into the final with a magnificent 110-72 aggregate victory over Birmingham Brummies in the last four, with the first leg of the final against regular season table-toppers Poole Pirates due to begin only four days later.
Heavy rain saw the original meeting called off and rearranged for tonight, but Rossiter is not expecting the delay to cause his riders any problems going into the first leg of the title decider.
“We know what we have to do and the job is in hand,” he said.
“It is all there for us and we know what we have got to do, and it is no good us going into this and over-complicating things.
“We could have tried a few things but that complicates everything, so we have carried on doing what we have been doing.
“If it isn’t broken there is no need to fix it, and we have done well so far this season so there is no point in messing around.
“When it gets to this stage if you can’t get hungry for a final then you shouldn’t be in the sport.
“I don’t think the delay will have had any effect on how hungry the guys are for this, because more than anything they are racers.”
The break has allowed reserve Simon Stead to get some much-needed track practice at Leicester, and Rossiter has been impressed with the work he has done alongside engine tuner Ashley Holloway “Simon has Ashley Holloway over here from Poland and been working hard, and Ashley has been working hard here with Simon over the time we were discussing team changes,” he said.
“Ash is here now and it is all helping, and he is showing he believes in Simon.
“It is great he has been practicing because he knew he was under a bit of pressure, and hopefully he has come out of it all stronger and better.”
Monday’s washout has also given Nick Morris time to recover from neck and back injuries suffered in heat 15 of the semi-final victory over Birmingham, and Rossiter is pleased to have his teenage star available to him again.
“Nick had a big crash and he suffered a bit from that, but it will be good to have him back on Monday night,” he said.
“He did well when he rode for Berwick on Saturday and he had the Premier League Riders’ Championship as well along with Jason Doyle and Seb Alden.”