Inside Track 2014: World number three Niels-Kristian Iversen’s weekly look inside the Norfolk Arena
- Credit: IAN BURT
I had only been to one speedway meeting since my injury until I was at King's Lynn on Monday.
I was at a fixture in Denmark a few days after my accident but that's been it as I've been at home resting my knee. So it was really nice to be at Lynn on Monday and get that smell and noise of the bikes again and take in some live racing. I also enjoyed getting the chance to cheer the boys on and being out of the house.
I tried to help give advice when and where I could on the night but everyone is doing their own thing so it's hard to pass on too much information. Most of the guys know what they are doing and how to ride the track anyway. I was in the pits all evening just walking around and chatting to the boys and plenty of people I'd not seen for a while. We spoke about the meeting and what was happening, as well as having a good catch-up.
The meeting (Poole won 45-44 in the play-off semi-final first leg) was a close one and I'll admit I was hoping we could win so we could take something over there for Monday's second leg, which now looks ever more difficult as Lewis (Kerr) won't be riding.
It's always easier for me to say as I wasn't racing but the track looked alright to ride on at Lynn a few days ago. The wet weather certainly got rid of home advantage we may have had going into the meeting though. Again, it is what it is, and it was the same surface for all of the riders. Our guys were fighting for points and were riding consistently okay, but there was never going to be much passing due to the spray that was flying about.
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It does look difficult for us to get to the final now and I would be surprised if we managed to turn it around, although I hate admitting that. But this is speedway and you never say never. It could rain and they could lose their home track advantage. Yet it probably won't as things are just going against us at the moment.
We're not getting any luck with injuries and it's such a shame that it's come to this. The season has looked good for so long and now when it matters we're up against it. I did say at the beginning of the season we couldn't get carried away as it's now when things matter. And when we really needed to be in a good position going into the play-offs, that hasn't been able to happen.
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There are 15 races to go if we want to get into that grand final. We could go to Poole and ride an absolute cracker. So the boys need to put the fact we lost at home by one point behind them and go down south with an open mind. Scott (Nicholls, pictured) is guesting for me again and he always gives 100pc. It doesn't matter where he is – or who he's riding for – he gives his all and that's what you want from a guest.
He wants to win and you could see that all night on Monday, even when he came last. So I understand why Rob (Lyon) is using him again for the return leg. He and all the guys tried their hardest on a tricky track a few days ago. We might have lost but you can't accuse anyone of not giving their all.
We've just got to be positive. We've ridden well there this season and won once so we know we can do it. Poole are not unbeatable at home, we've already proved that ourselves. Personally, I haven't ridden too well down at Poole this season. So if anything, me not riding might not actually be a disadvantage for us.
- Niels-Kristian Iversen was talking to Gavin Caney.
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