Rider of Year award for Bacon is tribute to season of progress

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Tom Bacon has described winning the Mildenhall Fen Tigers coveted Rider Of The Year award as one of the proudest moments of his career, writes Graham Clark.

The 22 year-old was handed the prize at the club’s annual presentation night at Mildenhall Social Club on Saturday.

After starting out in one of the two reserve berths the Coventry-based rider ended the season as the West Row outfit’s established number two, taking his average from 3.00 to 4.42.

“I thought a number of the lads deserved the award. I thought Connor Mountain was equally great,” said Bacon.

“To have that show of support from the fans who turn out every week, and which we turn up to ride well for as well as ourselves, is very proud and special moment. It’s a really nice way to end the year.”

While silverware may have eluded the Fen Tigers during the 2015 campaign, Bacon feels that it has been far from a lost cause on a personal front.

“I am content with what I have achieved this year,” said Bacon. “Mildenhall is a proper speedway club and I have learnt a lot from the people there. Kevin (Jolly) and Rob (Henry) have been fantastic, and to turn up riding in front of that many people has been top drawer.”

Reflecting on the season Bacon has plenty of fond memories, ones he hopes to replicate and build on in 2016.

“Moving up to number two for the second time, and being able to win heat one races beating the likes of Adam Ellis and National League Riders Champion Ben Morley were two real highlights,” said Bacon. “It’s a difficult position, but it has been brilliant riding with Dan Halsey, and great talking to him before and after races, and that has helped me a lot.”

Although not making any firm commitments just yet Bacon has not ruled out a return to the Fen Tigers next season.

“I have had interest from another National League club but I have had a great year at Mildenhall,” said Bacon.

“There is a fair chance I might be back, but I have to consider my options if I want to try and build my career.”