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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Speedway ace Richard Lawson buoyed by Elite League rides

Workington Comets skipper Richard Lawson has received a major confidence boost ahead of this weekend’s meeting against Newcastle after registering his highest ever Elite League score.

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Richard Lawson

Lawson scored a paid 11 points riding for Peterborough against Birmingham on Monday night where he shared in two dramatic heat maximums to help the Panthers to complete a turnaround win.

Lawson’s exploits were made even the more remarkable after he rode four consecutive heats to help secure the victory.

He said: “It was a good night because we had our backs against the wall and it didn’t look like we were going to get a win.

“I used my first bike but that didn’t work when the track slickened off so changed to my second one and what a difference it made.

“I was alright physically doing four in a row and I was thinking more about the bike.

“All the other mechanics mucked in and got it fuelled up and ready so it was probably harder on the mechanics than me.”

Lawson earned himself the man of the match award for his efforts and received praise from Peterborough co-bosses Trevor Swales and Jan Staechmann.

He said it has given him the confidence to go forward in a week that will see him race a further three matches in four days.

He will face Poole tonight in a live televised fixture before travelling to Swindon tomorrow before coming back up to Workington on Saturday.

He said: “There were some good riders that I managed to beat which has given a boost to my confidence.

“I have got one up on them and I want to carry on that way.”

Lawson said there was no pressure on the Comets this weekend against Newcastle as they have already qualified for the League Cup semi final but said there was no chance they will take it easy against a strong Diamonds side.

He said: “We never want to get beaten and we all want to score points so we will be giving it our all.

“We don’t want to go easy and get other teams confidence up.

“We made hard work of it against Scunthorpe and couldn’t pull away and it was just one of those meetings.

“We know expectations are high but the riders and management are also expecting to get three points from every single home meeting.”

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