Mildenhall Fen Tigers re-sign Ryan Kinsley to replace injured captain Danny Ayres
Ryan Kinsley hopes he can do injured Mildenhall Fen Tigers captain Danny Ayres proud by steering them to the National League title after being drafted in to cover him for the remainder of the campaign, writes Graham Clark.
Having starred for the Fen Tigers last season, the popular 20-year-old will return to the team to deputise for former Newmarket schoolboy Ayres, who sustained a broken left leg following a first-heat crash with Danyon Hume during Sunday’s 50-40 victory over the Isle Of Wight.
Acknowledging the challenge ahead, Kinsley – who rides with Ayres for Championship outfit Scunthorpe Scorpions – is ready to continue where he left off by firing in the big scores.
“It is not the circumstances I wanted to be coming back into the team, but unfortunately that is how the sport is and it can be cruel sometimes,” he said. “I’ve got big boots to fill for the rest of the season and I want to do Danny proud and get Mildenhall some silverware.
“I wish Danny all the best I know I’ve got his backing so hopefully I can carry on what he has been doing.
“I improved my average last year and I was scoring well both home and away so hopefully I can keep pushing forward with more double figure scores.”
The Norwich-based rider has already shown he still knows the quickest way round Mildenhall Stadium this season after scoring a paid 15 total (14+1) when guesting for the Fen Tigers during their 63-27 victory in a challenge match against the Thurrock Hammers in June.
With that outing giving him additional confidence, Kinsley hopes he can ease any weight on shoulders by combining that display together with the experience he has gained riding in the Championship.
“There will be a bit of pressure on my shoulders but when I guested for Mildenhall half-way through the year I came out of the meeting with my head held high,” said Kinsley.
“I was on for a maximum and I dropped points late on but I still know my way around there.
“I know the set-ups that work round there so it’s just a case of keeping my head down and getting on with it.
“I’ve not really felt much of a difference on the bike in the Championship but Danny (Ayres) said when he saw me at Mildenhall earlier in the year how much I’ve progressed from not just being in the National League in that I ride harder and that my gating has improved.”
With Championship commitments ruling Kinsley out of the Fen Tigers re-arranged clash against the Plymouth Gladiators tomorrow, he will make his return to the National League when the West Row-based outfit take on the Kent Kings on Sunday (3pm).
“Kent have got a strong team but whoever is on track at the time if we put 100 per cent in, we will beat them,” said Kinsley.
“They all put a shift in after losing Danny in heat one which was a big blow early on. If we keep going with that kind of atmosphere and intensity we can get to the play-offs.”