British Speedway Final competitor Danny Ayres aiming to make people proud
Danny Ayres hopes he can do both himself and the Mildenhall Fen Tigers proud when creating a slice of history in the British Final at the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester on Monday (7.30pm), writes Graham Clark.
The Fen Tigers captain and current number one will become the first person while currently riding for the third tier club to contest the highly sought after crown, which has previously been won by former world champions Michael Lee, Gary Havelock, Mark Loram and Tai Woffinden.
Ayres said: “It is the first time I have ever been in this situation and I’m trying not to overthink it.I have just got to keep on top of it on the night.
“I’m making history here and I just want to do myself and the club proud. Hopefully my mum will be watching down on me and hopefully I can make her proud. It is a big moment in my life, let alone my career.
“Genuinely, I’ve always believed I can do it but realistically it has not been on my mind, that is until I’ve knuckled down behind the scenes this year. Hopefully this is just the start of everything.”
Having booked his ticket to the final when finishing third in last month’s semi-final at Redcar, Ayres, who also rides in the Championship for Scunthorpe Scorpions, has set out a finishing position he feels would be a good result on the night.
He said: “All the hard work has been done in getting here and this is just a bonus. I’ve been banging in the big scores in the Championship which is new for me this season and that has been a real help.
“I will be trying to make the podium but the aim would be to make the top eight, and I would be happy with that.
“I seriously think that if I get my starts together, and I ride like I know I can, I don’t see no reason why I can’t make the podium.”
Ayres’ confidence has been further boosted after having a new bike built especially for the final which he put through its paces after the Fen Tigers’ 48-42 National League victory over the Leicester Lion Cubs on Sunday (see page 67 for report).
“Two of my sponsors have got me a new bike for the final. I had a go out on it on Sunday just to try bed it all in. It feels like a right weapon,” said Ayres.
“Going round Mildenhall it wouldn’t be seen to best effect but it was really pulling me round. We will now get it ready for Belle Vue as that is what it was built for so it should be strong round there.”
He added: “My preparation has gone well and I can’t really do any more now.”