Former Mildenhall Fen Tigers star Danny Ayres relishing move to Ipswich Witches
Danny Ayres has vowed to treat fans of the Ipswich Witches to plenty of showman style antics after agreeing his dream move to the Premiership outfit, writes Graham Clark.
The former Mildenhall Fen Tigers star will double up his Championship commitments with the Scunthorpe Scorpions by taking up one of the two reserve berths at the Witches.
Although the Mildenhall based rider is no stranger to appearing in the top flight he believes his latest move to last year’s Premiership runners-up can take his career to the next level.
“It’s a massive club and they were top of the pile of clubs that I wanted to ride for this year. It is like all my wishes come true signing for Ipswich,” said Ayres (pictured).
“There was another club who were up high on my wish list but I was very fortunate when the other team made an approach it accelerated the verbal deal I had with Ipswich. Fans of Ipswich will see something they have never seen before.
“This is a massive year for me and being part of the Ipswich team can help take my career to the next level.
“I’m a racer and a showman and I love what I do.
“If I can bring smiles to people’s faces riding a bike and put just one extra person on a seat to come watch me, that’s my job done.”
While the 33-year-old is excited about the season ahead, he is disappointed he will not be part of the Fen Tigers set-up this campaign, having become a fans’ favourite over the past two years.
“I’m a bit gutted I can’t ride for Mildenhall as it is the first year they have brought in the rule you can’t ride in all three leagues, but it is the right way to push National League riders on,” said Ayres.
“Though I’m not at Mildenhall this year, I can’t thank everybody enough for what they have done over the last couple of years as they have been an amazing part of my career.”
Arriving on a 3.36 average Ayres, who enjoyed his first spin on a bike since breaking his leg in August at Scunthorpe on Saturday, aims to increase that figure by the end of the season and make his mark in the main body of the Witches team.
“My main mission it to make sure I hold my team place at Ipswich. I want to make a massive impression there,” said Ayres.
“I want to ride myself out of the reserve spot and I want to be a real team player for Ipswich.
“The leg is stronger than humanly possible as there is a rod through it. I rode at Scunthorpe at the weekend and the leg felt good. I’m like a caged animal ready to be let loose.”
Ayres will be one of three ex-Fen Tigers alongside Danny King and Cameron Heaps appearing in the Witches side this season and, although he is looking forward to teaming up with both riders, it is the chance to ride with Nicolai Klindt that has him most excited.
“I’m fully buzzed up to be riding with Jake Allen, who I will also be riding with at Scunthorpe, and I’m really happy to be riding with Danny King and Cameron Heeps,” Ayres added.
“ But I’m really looking forward to riding with Nicolai Klindt as he is the ultimate professional in the way he approaches everything.
“Chris Louis forwarded us an email from Nicolai saying make sure the banking is high so the Mildenhall Fen Tigers number one can throw his leg over the bike and do what he did in the British Final. There is something about him and I’m eager to start working with him.”
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