Louis determined to rise up Elite League
JOHN Louis today re-enforced his determination to see Ipswich Evening Star Witches rise up the Sky Sports Elite League table.And he does rule out making team changes if things do not improve.
By Elvin King
JOHN Louis today re-enforced his determination to see Ipswich Evening Star Witches rise up the Sky Sports Elite League table.
And he does rule out making team changes if things do not improve.
Louis received backing from team manager Mike Smillie, who said going through March and April without a league victory would have been unacceptable.
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The Witches showed up much better in last night's win over Wolverhamp-ton and Louis admitted: “I was very disappointed with our form in recent league meetings.
“There is only so long you can let things slide. We must always look to improve although there is a shortage of riders who can come in.
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“There may be one or two who could be tempted and we will keep our eyes and ears open.
“We like to be a fair club and help riders through difficult times, but there comes a time when you have got to make moves for the good of the club.”
Marcin Rempala is one rider whose place would be in jeopardy if changes were made. The Pole has found it difficult to come to terms with British racing although a move to reserve next week may help.
“If Marcin can make the start he will win races,” said Louis. “Hopefully, starting in the reserves' race for a month or so will help.”
Smillie confirmed that Zibi Suchecki will ride at number four with Rempala dropping down to reserve.
“We will have to keep an eye on Zibi as his rides will get tougher from now on,” said Smillie.
“Speedway is all about confidence and Marcin should regain his riding at number six.
“If we had gone though the first two months of the season without a league win it would have been totally
unacceptable. If there had been changes no one would have been that surprised.”
Smillie also confirmed that Ipswich can use the guest facility for the injured number one Mark Loram for the whole of the 2007 campaign.
“The rule book only limits riders who are on assessed averages,” said Smillie.
Adam Shields has been booked for Ipswich's meetings at Belle Vue on May 9 and at Peterborough the following night.
The Australian said: “I will do as many Ipswich meetings as I can, particularly at home as I love the track.”
n Eastbourne's David Norris is to guest for Mark Loram at Wolverhamp-ton on Monday. Tobi Kroner is unavailable so number eight Chris Schramm comes in at reserve.
Zibi Suchecki moves to number four if fit, with Rempala dropping to reserve.
If Suchecki, who suffered a shoulder injury as well as cuts and grazes last night is unable to ride, Ipswich will use rider replacement to cover for him.