I’ll be at my best for both club & country

Lewis Bridger
Lewis Bridger

EASTBOURNE EAGLES star Lewis Bridgers insists he can successfully balance the rigours of riding for club and country as they prepare to welcome Kings Lynn to Arlington tomorrow (Saturday).

The Norfolk-based outfit are the only team to defeat Eastbourne on their own patch this season, with Trevor Geer’s men having comfortably won the other six of their seven meetings at the club’s home fortress.

In-form British international Lewis Bridger will be a key part of the Eagles’ squad tomorrow night, but insists that vengeance is not on the agenda.

He said, “I don’t look at it like ‘they beat us so we have to beat them’. Whether it’s Kings Lynn, Wolverhampton, Lakeside or whoever, I treat every race the same.

“All I’m looking to do is score lots of points and help the other boys do the same in any way I can.

“The Arlington is such a fun place to ride and I know the place like the back of my hand. I just hope that we put in a good performance and get the win.”

Bridger certainly can’t use a lack of match practise as an excuse if he fails to perform, with tomorrow’s meeting being the third of four he has in the space of five days.

He raced for Great Britain against Australia on Wednesday evening and is also in action for his country tonight against the same opposition.

After tomorrow’s meeting he will then be off to Wolverhampton to take part in the British Finals on Monday night, but Bridger insists the hectic workload isn’t going to get him down.

“I try to relax whenever I’m away from the track and do things away from the bikes, which does help me keep a sense of perspective.

“It’s an honour to represent your country though, especially after I missed out last season. I’m very happy to be back in the set up and will hopefully grab the opportunity with both hands.

“The only thing that can get me down is the travelling. When you’re flying to Poland and back again all the time, it can start to get you down.

“However, I won’t be going over there as much anymore, so the schedule now is actually a lot more manageable, believe it or not.”

The Eagle’s home defeat to Kings Lynn was largely attributed to key riders Joonas Kylmakorpi, Simon Gustafsson and Lukas Dryml being unavailable, which forced skipper Cameron Woodward into action despite suffering from the effects of a heavy crash that happened just a few days earlier.

Woodward said, “We lost and I was terrible. I can’t bear all the fault for that. We had three riders missing.”

This time aroundthere are no such selection problems.

The free-scoring Dryml moves down to the reserve berth and is be replaced in the number two position by Woodward, who now forms an imposing opening partnership with Bjarne Pedersen.