Nathan Ablitt excited to get going with the Mildenhall Fen Tigers
Nathan Ablitt hopes he can reap the rewards for putting in the hard graft on the practice track over the winter by hitting the ground running for the Mildenhall Fen Tigers, writes Graham Clark.
The 15-year-old feels he is back to the level of form that saw him make a flying start in his first full season in the sport with the Kent Kings last year before injury curtailed his campaign.
With the Sussex-based rider eager to impress fans of the West Row club he has taken every step to make sure he is ready to make a big impact the moment the tapes rise for the new National League season.
“I’m buzzing to be at Mildenhall this season and I know a few of the boys there like Jason Edwards and I can tell the fans have a real connection with the riders,” said Ablitt.
“Last year I had a decent start and was scoring well at Kent and away from home then I picked up a few injuries and I was not feeling fully fit. It dropped my confidence on the bike.
“I’ve been trying to get out as much as I can over the winter and I’ve been riding pretty much every weekend up until Christmas at Rye House along with being in the gym a lot.
“I also plan to attend most of the practice sessions at Mildenhall to get dialled into the track.
“I’m back to where I was at the start of last season. I feel good on the bike and I’ve been putting in the hard work in the off season to make sure I hit the ground running for Mildenhall.”
Though Ablitt showed off his talents on the bike last season with a number of double figure hauls he believes he can take another step forward having spent time working on one particular area of his riding.
“One of the big things last season was that I was scoring a lot of my points having to work my way through from the back of the field,” said Ablitt.
“I’ve been working on my starts a lot and if I can make more of them it is a bonus. If you can get out the start consistently it will make point scoring much easier for myself.
“I really want to improve again this year and build on what I achieved last season and boost my career.”
While Ablitt, who will start the season in one of the two reserve spots, is confident of moving into the main body of the team he also feels the Fen Tigers can challenge for silverware this season.
“Starting in reserve will hopefully help me get settled in there and help me get used to the track. Then I can push on from there with the aim of getting into the main body of the team,” said Ablitt.
“I think we are a strong team throughout, from Ryan Kinsley at one through to me and Elliot Kelly at reserve.
“We are well balanced with young lads and experienced riders. There is a good look to the team and I think we will go well.”