Jack Kingston has vowed to bag big points from the outset and fulfil his potential after agreeing a deal to return to the Mildenhall Fen Tigers.
Although fans of the National League outfit saw glimpses of what the 19-year-old is capable of achieving during last season, they also saw the teenager take plenty of tumbles when in point scoring positions, much to both his and their frustration.
However, with the Thurrock-based teenager now feeling dialled in at the club’s West Row track he has made it clear that a different rider will be seen this time round.
“In both my previous years in the National League I have changed tracks firstly with the Kent Kings then the last season with Mildenhall and it has just felt that I ended up wasting two-thirds of the season before getting going,” said Kingston. “With starting off at a track I have raced around the season before, I want to rack up the points from the start.
“I don’t really think I fulfilled my potential last season.
“A lot of people saw what I am capable of with the double-figure scores I got, but what I now need to do is be more consistent and do that week in, week out.
“I lost a lot of points and money from the falls I took last year and hopefully that is a thing of the past.
“I am glad to be back at Mildenhall as it is a nice little track and the fans make it even better.”
Kingston’s signature could work out to be a shrewd piece of business by the promotion team with them all in the knowledge he is worth much more than the 4.90 average he arrives on.
“Last season I struggled with a bit of confidence around my home track while my physical condition needed improving,” said Kingston. “Looking at my average, I definitely feel that I am on a false one, but it only takes a few meetings for it to come down.
“I feel I can put a good four points on it, but to do that I have got to show the fans every week what I can do at home.”
While wanting to increase his average, Kingston has also set himself one other goal he wants to achieve when tearing up the shale across the country next year.
“I would like to make it to either the number three or number five position in the team next season,” said Kingston. “Although I don’t really want the pressure of being a number one yet, I would like to be in that position at some point.
“As long as I am effective in scoring points to some extent, I don’t mind where I am in the team.”
News of Kingston’s signature for a second successive year was greeted with delight by co-promoter Kevin Jolly.
“We are glad to have Jack back as in our eyes his 4.90 average is false,” said Jolly. “If he stays on his bike more he is an eight or nine point rider.
“Personally we are going to work very closely with Jack and get that aggression out of him on the track and improve him again.”