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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Workington Comets speedway ace eyeing play-offs berth

Workington Comets skipper Richard Lawson has promised to put Saturday’s meeting with Sheffield behind him as he plans to focus all his efforts on the team making the play-offs.

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Richard Lawson

Lawson scored only six points from four rides against the Tigers, which he felt was unacceptable for a number one and has vowed to bounce back from the disappointment.

Lawson said although the state of the track played a part, after it had taken on a large amount of rain, he was not using it as an excuse for his poor performance.

He said: “It was just a bad meeting and it was quite frustrating with how the weather was but I am not using the track as an excuse because it was the same for all the other riders.

“Due to the weather and the wet track there was not much passing so it all depended on your gating.

“I made two good starts and won those races but two really bad starts which got me down.

“It was probably the worst I have ridden at Workington. I felt I let the team down a bit and that score was not good enough for a number one so I am just going to put it behind me and make up for it.”

Lawson is now focussing all his efforts on Workington, who face Plymouth on Friday, and has asked that his doubling up position with Elite League side Peterborough is taken by his partner Jason Bunyan.

He added: “I had bike issues after the Wolves match so I have asked for the other doubling up rider until I sort out my mechanical issues.

“My main focus lies with Workington and I have got to get everything right for them and when I am scoring the points I expect to I will look back at getting some rides in the Elite League.

“I think I just need a little break form there to get a few things sorted out.”

Lawson is also bemoaning the loss of Kyle Howarth and said that owner Keith Denham and manager Tony Jackson are looking at several riders to help fill the gap left by Howarth.

The young Mancunian broke three bones in his left wrist as well as one in his back and also suffered a cracked hip when he was involved in a horrifying spill at Workington’s defeat to Newcastle.

Lawson said: “Since Kyle has been away we have realised just how good he was and what an asset he was to the team even though our guests performed well last week.

“He had a five-point average and was scoring well above that so it is really unfortunate he is out for the rest of the season.”



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