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Kinsley eyeing up a podium place at rearranged National League Riders Championships


By Sport Bury


Mildenhall Fen Tigers number one Ryan Kinsley is confident he can end the season on a high and claim a podium finish in the rearranged National League Riders Championship at Scunthorpe on Sunday (4.30pm).

Having ridden for the Scunthorpe Scorpions in the Championship this season the Norwich-based rider will attempt to make the most of his knowledge of the track at the Eddie Wright Raceway and secure a top three finish.

Though Kinsley will be among the favourites to win the event, which was supposed to be held at Leicester last month before falling victim to the wet weather, he is taking nothing for granted.

National League title decider at West Row stadium, Fen Tigers V Eastbourne. Ryan Kinsley celebrates heat win Picture Mark Westley. (18291931)
National League title decider at West Row stadium, Fen Tigers V Eastbourne. Ryan Kinsley celebrates heat win Picture Mark Westley. (18291931)

“I think the aim has got to be a top three finish although I would like to win but I don’t want to talk to soon,” said Kinsley.

“I think I’ve beaten everyone round there who has ridden around there so I’ve got a good chance but I don’t want to get too big headed.

“It’s at a track I know well and I’ve got the set ups there to hit it hard from the start.

“It is just a case of making the gates and take the year I have had riding around there as a bonus.

“There are plenty of top riders in there though and everyone is capable of having a good meeting so it’s going to be a tough regardless.”

Despite Kinsley having completed more laps around the Lincolnshire circuit than any other rider this season he admits that he will not be exempt from any nerves ahead of his first ride especially with the added pressure on his shoulders.

“I’m always nervous until I get that first race out of the way and then I will be fine,” said Kinsley.

“I think there will be more pressure on me as I’ve ridden there all year. I’ve had some big scores round there against tough competition so I know I’ve the speed and ability to do it.

“The track has been slick this year but it still gives you plenty of lines to overtakeon but if you do make the gate you have got a great chance of coming away with the win.

“There has been some cracking racing around there this year and hopefully there will be some more.”

After recently missing out on securing a place in the National League play-offs with the Fen Tigers this season the 21-year-old would welcome a return to Mildenhall Stadium next year.

“The plan next year would be to ride in the Championship and National League but it all depends what happens with the league structure,” said Kinsley.

“If the opportunity came up at Mildenhall I would grab it with both hands as it is the closest track to me and it runs on a Sunday which works well for me.”


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