I HAVEN’T watched Monday’s meeting back yet because I’m still feeling pretty disappointed but, if I’m honest, doing the right thing has probably cost us a place in the final.
Running the meeting has probably cost us a place in the final but there wasn’t really an option to call it off because the bends were fine.
The biggest problem we came up against was that it rained from 5am and then didn’t stop until 3pm. Then there’s the dog racing and we didn’t get on the track until 6.20pm for a big important meeting like that.
In hindsight it wasn’t the best things for us, that’s no excuse because we lost fair and square, but our track has been in the best shape it’s been for many a season. I just feel that, looking at it now, when you know your set-up it makes it hard when things change.
We tried everything. We tried shortening wheel bases, de-tuning, carburetion, everything. We just couldn’t get the bikes off the start, simple as that. Fair play to Coventry though because they did.
In hindsight, though, on a normal racetrack we would have beaten them as we proved a few weeks ago.
The starts were slop but in the important parts going into the corners where the riders skid it was as dry as a bone.
We asked the public to back us and I have to thank the public for backing us, they were brilliant, and it would be great if they could back us going forward.
But looking at some of the comments from so-called fans, all blaming the riders, I find it really hard. I certainly don’t blame the riders whatsoever and the time and effort spent by the track staff was tremendous.
Again, in hindsight, we might as well have left the covers off and then gone into it on another night in a better frame of mind. If we get in this situation again we need to try and get it on a day when we’re not fighting with the dog, although it can’t be an excuse because we lost fair and square.
What happened has happened and we have to get on with it.