Kozza is a man on a mission
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn young gun Kozza Smith aims to put the record straight in tonight's Premier League tussle at Rye House. (7pm). The entertaining reserve is desperate to erase the memory of drawing a blank at Hoddesdon in an early season Premier Trophy defeat during the Aussie's crash course introduction to British speedway.
King's Lynn young gun Kozza Smith aims to put the record straight in tonight's Premier League tussle at Rye House. (7pm)
The entertaining reserve is desperate to erase the memory of drawing a blank at Hoddesdon in an early season Premier Trophy defeat during the Aussie's crash course introduction to British speedway.
“I had a shocker. Four rides, no points and a couple of crashes,” he said. “I'm definitely going there to improve on that meeting. I always try and do better when I go back somewhere. Rye House is a funny track. It's different to most of the others we race on. There are bits of banking and then you hit the canver. It's a gater's track so you need to make some good starts.”
Smith posted his best Stars' return in Lynn's midweek 72-18 cruise against Mildenhall but the all action Aussie knows they need to shine on the road to maintain their title push.
“I think we can go anywhere and win,” he said. “It's just a case of knuckling down and working as a team. It's no good just some people firing and others not. If we all come together then I think we are unstoppable. Look at when we went to Birmingham. Every rider had a race win that night which shows what we are capable of. The confidence is great at the moment after the last few meetings. The boys finished second in the four team event as well so we just need to keep it going.”
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Defending champions Rye House look destined for a mid table finish this season but the Rockets' demolished Berwick 57-33 last time out on home shale.
British world team cup debutant Tai Woffinden lines up against Smith and reserve pal John Oliver after a headline grabbing display alongside Lynn's Aussie duo in the Young Roos winning-select side at the Ashley Jones memorial meeting.
t Rockets: 1 Stefan Ekberg, 2 Robert Mear, 3 Tai Woffinden, 4 Tommy Allen, 5 Chris Neath, 6 Danny Halsey, 7 Luke Bowen.
t Stars: 1 Kevin Doolan, 2 Shaun Tacey, 3 Tomas Topinka, 4 Simon Lambert, 5 Rusty Harrison, 6 John Oliver, 7 Kozza Smith.
t Former Lynn racer Daniel Nermark could still be back to bolster Workington's Premier League play-off push after a horror crash at Redcar.
Nermark broke his tibia and suffered knee ligament damage when he was thrown from his bike in the Comets' recent 47-43 defeat at Redcar.
The super Swede - who helped Lynn win five trophies in a glittering two year spell at the club - is now back in his native homeland after what Comets' owner Keith Denham called 'the worst crash I've seen.'
“I feared the worse after Daniel went up in the air and landed face down motionless on the track,” he said. “Thankfully he came round in three or four minutes and the subsequent hospital examination was better than we thought it might be. He has been told he has a broken tibia that could take six weeks to heal. Knowing Dan, I wouldn't be surprised to see him ready from that in four weeks. The knee ligament damage could prove much more troublesome, but he does want to get riding again as soon as he possibly can.”