Jansson goes back to basics

KIM Jansson, who was involved in three crucial 5-1 heat wins last night, revealed that he has gone back to basics.The Ipswich Evening Star Witches second string said after scoring a paid 12 points in the home Elite League victory over Poole Pirates: “We have gone back to what we know best.

By Elvin King

KIM Jansson, who was involved in three crucial 5-1 heat wins last night, revealed that he has gone back to basics.

The Ipswich Evening Star Witches second string said after scoring a paid 12 points in the home Elite League victory over Poole Pirates: “We have gone back to what we know best.

“At the start of the season we had a good set-up, and things were going well.

“Then we started to mess about with the machinery, and some of my meetings proved disappointing.

“Having gone back to basics I am now gaining the rewards, and my bikes were going well last night.“

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Jansson says that his dip in consistency was also affected by riding in both the Swedish and Polish Leagues.

“I was just riding in England for the opening weeks of 2006,” said the Swede. “Then I was drafted into a Swedish League side and shortly afterwards asked to ride regularly in Poland.

“It was the first time in my career that I have ridden in three separate leagues and it took some time getting used to.

“Things go round your head for a while and you find yourself riding differently in different countries.

“I am now settled and have got myself organised with the injured David Ruud's mechanic looking after my machinery in both Sweden and Poland.”

Ipswich trainer and coach Jeremy Doncaster had praise for new signing Tobi Kroner.

The former world number three said: “I like his style and he is very talented.

“Tobi is coming along in leaps and bounds, but is still capable of doing greater things. He needs to be pushed into believing he can do it.”

Poole team manager Neil Middleditch said: “In the circumstances I am happy with the result, and we will have a chance of gaining the bonus point in the return.

“This week is crucial for us, and we need to win either at Arena-Essex on Friday or Eastbourne on Saturday to fancy our chances of a top- four finish.

“It has been so disjointed this season with so many meetings being run without our full set of riders, and it was the same at Foxhall with Antonio Lindback and Kris Kasprzak both missing.”

Ipswich team manager Mike Smillie said: “Poole hit back with their tactical riders, but this is what they were intended for and they worked the system well.

“Daniel King had some machine problems but I can certainly have no complaints with the rest of the side with the rider replacement facility doing a good job for us.

“We will be hopeful of getting the extra point when we travel to Poole, but it would have been nice to have won by a few more points tonight.”

Lawrence Hare watched his first Ipswich meeting for two years and was impressed with the current Witches' side.

Hare suffered an horrendous crash four years and four months ago that confined him to a wheelchair.

However, last night he arrived at the stadium in style in a sparkling 1966 Cadillac and enjoyed his evening at the races.

He said: “The racing was good and it was nice to be back in the atmosphere and although Poole fought hard to get back in the meeting Ipswich deserved their victory.

“Here's hoping they can do enough to reach the play-offs.”

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