New Mildenhall Fen Tigers reserve Tom Bacon has stressed that it may take a bit of time for him to find his feet around the club’s West Row track.
Although the 21-year-old has performed with credit on his previous visits to the track with both the Milton Keynes Knights and the Castleford Kings in last year’s Midland Development League, the Coventry-based rider has issued a plea to fans to be patient.
“It is my first year in the National League and I am well aware that it make take a bit of time to settle in and find my feet. But I feel that I am ready for the step up,” said Bacon, speaking at the club’s Meet the Riders event on Saturday.
“Every time I came here last year I loved the track, which is one of the reasons I came here. I want to be winning races especially the reserve race at home. That is one I want to make mine.”
While Bacon, who has a first class honours degree in management studies from the University of Leicester, has claimed it may be a few meetings before fans see the best of him, he has warned he has not joined the club simply to make up the numbers.
“I think I put pressure on myself to do well but I will go out and give 100 per cent every time I ride,” said Bacon.
“I am not here to have fun, I am here to make a career out of it. With the good management and fans that are at the club, that will help me achieve that.”
Despite the new season still being two months away Bacon has expressed his thoughts on what he feels the septet set to race in Fen Tigers’ colours can go on and achieve on track this season.
“Looking at the team we have this year there is no reason why we can’t be contending for the title,” said Bacon.
“In Danny Halsey we have one of the best, if not the best, number one in the league, while I am sure Connor Coles, Connor Mountain and Jack Kingston will improve again.
“If me and Luke Ruddick can do what the two Connors (Coles and Mountain) did last year we should be strong.”