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Matt Marson ready to show what he learned from world champion Tai Woffinden on return to Mildenhall Fen Tigers

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Matt Marson hopes he can show the benefits of rubbing shoulders with speedway world champion Tai Woffinden over the winter on his first start back for the Mildenhall Fen Tigers on Sunday, writes Graham Clark.

The 19-year-old will make his return to the Fen Tigers side against the Plymouth Gladiators in the National Trophy having been brought into replace the injured Sam Bebee.

Although left out of the Fen Tigers team building plans for 2019 despite having starred for the West Row-based outfit last term, Marson is looking forward to making the most of the opportunity he has been given.

SPEEDWAY - Mildenhall Fen Tigers' National Trophy Final 2nd leg ..Pictured: Matt Marson (red)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.. .. (9456885)
SPEEDWAY - Mildenhall Fen Tigers' National Trophy Final 2nd leg ..Pictured: Matt Marson (red)...PICTURE: Mecha Morton.. .. (9456885)

“It’s going to be good to get back as there is a new team there although it’s not ideal the way I wanted to take a team spot through injury but I am happy to help out the team, “ said Marson.

“I was a little bit disappointed that I was left out at the start but that has hopefully allowed me to get better in Australia.

“Tai Woffinden came over to Australia in the winter and I learned a lot of him as I raced him in the Pinjar State title and the Rob Woffinden Classic in memory of his dad.

“I hung out with him here and there and asked him a few things about what the best approach to things might be and how to build my confidence up.”

Having arrived over as a raw teenager last year Marson, who will be based with former team mate Josh Bailey, feels he is in a far better place on his return with a year of racing in Britain under his belt.

Tai Woffinden Speedway World Champion 2013. (9485982)
Tai Woffinden Speedway World Champion 2013. (9485982)

“I feel a lot more comfortable and confident coming into this season and I am now just looking forward to getting going,” added Marson.

“I’ve got some good people behind me and I know a lot more people now which helps you feel more confident.

“Last year I was trying all the tracks for the first time so I will be going to them with some experience now.

“I really appreciate all the support from the Mildenhall fans as they have one best fan bases in England and I will try and do my best for them this season.”

After going down 49-41 to the Isle Of Wight Warriors in the Trophy on Thursday the Fen Tigers exacted revenge with a 51-39 victory over the Smallbrook outfit on Sunday, a victory Marson hopes can be backed up against the Gladiators.

Matt Marson (9485977)
Matt Marson (9485977)

He said: “You should never underestimate any team and Plymouth have got lads like Nathan Stoneman who can ride Mildenhall really well.

“The aim will be to go into the meeting and get as many points as I can and walk away healthy and in one piece.

* The Fen Tigers will contest their first National League meeting on Monday against Cradley Heathens at Monmore Green (7.30pm).

Meanwhile, there was no joy for Jason Edwards in the British Under-21 Final at Berwick on Saturday after scoring just two points.