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We are back!

It felt weird not having a meeting on Saturday night at Shielfield Park but if a night off feels weird that's a good thing.

I have kept myself busy with guest bookings, MTBing and helping out at MinibikeChamps British Championship round at Scunthorpe and for the most part I have been able to enjoy the surprisingly good weather.

Personally, I’ve definitely felt in the groove over the last month, and while you can never predict or expect results, I’ve felt comfortable, controlled and like I am making progress meeting on meeting.

Over the break I’ve guested for Rye House and Newcastle which was good after getting rained off at Ipswich. The team has stayed a tight unit over the last couple weeks with Dave doing a bit of spannering for Jye at some of his Belle Vue meetings, Aaron and Danny made the trip out to France for a meeting and both Dave and I were guesting for Newcastle, so in a way there has not been much of a break and to be honest I personally don’t want a break!

I like the vibe and energy our team has, I like the way we are improving and I can feel that momentum building, so it’s a good feeling to have.

By now you may have seen I will be holding a training school at Duns on the 10th June.

The training facility is an amazing little place for the youngsters to learn and for those already riding to safely perfect their technique. The schools will be available to anyone from total novices to those looking to turn pro in the future. At the moment you will need to bring your own bike and kit but as the training academy grows we will be hoping to incorporate hire bikes for the novices.

I’m really looking forward to passing on some of my experience to the youngsters as the kids racing in second halves are always a bit rushed and don’t always get the correct advice or time to learn, so it will be a great step forward to get a time and place where they can focus on developing skills without distraction.

Riding technique will obviously be the main focus but there is a large amount of off-bike improvements that can help the young riders gain confidence, stay safe and enjoy the learning experience.

I’m sure this weekend you will see another two exciting meetings as we take on Newcastle home and away. We know what we have to do and we were lucky enough to have essentially a practice run at Newcastle only two weeks ago.

A big moment of that meeting was after heat 10 when Scott and Gary said “Right boys let’s make these last five heats a little mini-match, you all had rides now so let’s go out and beat them” so it was time to race and see if we could beat them over the last five heats, and we did!

From the last five heats we were two up -- so not only does that show the character of our lads but it gives us confidence going into these two matches………….