King’s Lynn’s Masters in line for Test Match debut
King's Lynn's doubling up youngster Sam Masters has earned a senior international Ashes call up tonight for Australia following his superb midweek win in the Ashley Jones memorial meeting.
Masters replaces the injured Jason Doyle in Craig Boyce's squad where he will team up with the likes of British GP winner Chris Holder as Australia look to square the series following GB's narrow win at Poole.
The 20-year-old is a man in demand after featuring in Somerset's televised Premier League defeat to Sheffield on Monday. Masters then edged out Kozza Smith in a thrilling Saddlebow duel before Smith turned the tables in last night's Star of Anglia individual at Ipswich.
'It is hard at the minute with so many meetings and all the travelling and washing the bikes but I love racing and that is what I want to do,' said Masters. 'Jason Doyle may have broken his shoulder riding in the First Test so I've just had the call. There are some top riders in that event but I can just go and enjoy it with no pressure.
'It's a busy week but things seem to be going alright at the minute. Somerset we had a bit of shocker as a whole team on the telly but it was a great feeling to win at King's Lynn.'
Masters and Smith topped the qualifiers at the Norfolk Arena before treating the die hards to a tremendous scrap in the final.
'It was one of those adrenaline-pumping type of races you love to be involved in and Taylor (Poole) was there in third really close and looking to clean us both out at one stage,' he said. 'Everyone seemed to be riding wide all night but I managed to put it on the line and drive underneath them. Then it just seemed to be passing for four laps but I cut back on the line and I was pretty confident that I had got him. He knows his way around there so it was always going to be a hard race.
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'I changed the bike a bit after the first race when he beat me because I was spinning too much out of the start - but for that I would have been even happier although I still ended up winning the meeting.'
Masters admitted his individual win was also the perfect response to a disappointing paid three display on Stars' duty the previous week in the Elite League win over Coventry.
'I've only really done a few meetings there and the one at Lynn last week was shocking but it's a track I enjoyed last year,' he said. 'I was supposed to be picking up a new engine on the way to the track but I couldn't get hold of the bloke so I turned up with the wrong equipment and it showed. It's a good club and I like it there so who knows what could happen in the future. I'll just take it as it comes.
'I want to have a good end to the season and then we'll see. If I was going to race just in the Elite I'd probably need to get myself a Polish club as well or something else if I wasn't racing in the Premier League. I'm still only 20 and this is only my second full season over here so there is no rush. Some riders in the past have maybe gone into the Elite too early and they are not ready or they don't have the equipment.'