Mildenhall Fen Tigers pair Ryan Kinsley and Jason Edwards looking to make National League Pairs impact
Ryan Kinsley is confident he can turn plenty of heads when representing the Mildenhall Fen Tigers with Jason Edwards in the National League Pairs at Sheffield on Sunday, writes Graham Clark.
After making a flawless return to the West Row-based outfit with a 15-point maximum during their 51-38 victory over the Kent Kings in the National League last Sunday the 20 year old will now look to provide the club with their first victory in the event since 2012.
Despite both Kinsley and Edwards doubling up their Fen Tigers duties by riding in the Championship for Scunthorpe Scorpions and Eastbourne Eagles respectively, the Norwich-based rider feels that they will be heading into the event as underdogs.
“I’ve had a look at the line up and it seems like there are a lot of other Championship boys in there so it will be a tough meeting,” said Kinsley.
“We won’t be the favourites among the pairs that are riding out there but we want to prove everyone wrong.
“It takes a bit of pressure of you when you are going there and not expected to win. Me and Jason are a strong pair and I think we will surprise a lot of people.”
Having already visited Owlerton Stadium with the Scorpions and in the Top Gun Championship earlier this season Kinsley hopes those visits can help him hit the ground running.
“I’ve been to Sheffield a few times this year so I have a feel for the track,” said Kinsley. “I did an individual meeting there earlier in the year and I just missed out on getting to the semi-finals.
“I beat some good riders that day so hopefully I can do that again and come away with good points and help us get to the final as that is the minimum we should be achieving.
Although on paper Kinsley and Edwards appear to be drawn in a more favourable looking Group B alongside pairs representing the Belle Vue Colts, Cradley Heathens and Plymouth Gladiators the Fen Tigers number one is taking nothing for granted.
“It does look like we have the better group but you can never tell what will happen on the day,” said Kinsley. “You cannot think one rider is less than another in these sorts of events as when you do that they end up beating you.”
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