Last year's National League winner Jason Edwards looking for a repeat with Mildenhall Fen Tigers
Jason Edwards aims to install a winning mentality into the Mildenhall Fen Tigers as he seeks to claim back-to-back National League titles, writes Graham Clark.
After helping the Eastbourne Eagles lift the third tier title at the expense of the Fen Tigers in 2018, the 16-year-old now aims to repeat the feat having joined the West Row-based outfit.
“Last season I did the league and cup double with Eastbourne. It was good to do that as I know what it is actually like and needed to go all the way in the play-offs,” said Edwards.
“I think at Mildenhall we have riders that all want to improve and where other teams have got riders at their peak we know we are all going to get better.
“We have just got to get into that top four and it doesn’t matter how we do it, then work from there like we did at Eastbourne last year.”
The Billericay-based teenager, who will ride in the second British Under-21 final at Somerset tomorrow (7.30pm) alongside team-mates Charlie Brooks, Macauley Leek and Elliot Kelly, has already got his first piece of silverware wrapped up after winning the Vince Mapeley Memorial at the Isle Of Wight on Thursday.
“I only dropped one point in the heats then I won my semi. In the final Ben Morley was leading and he made a mistake at the end of lap three and that gifted it to me and as we know speedway is all about four laps,” said Edwards.
“When I got the late call-up I knew I wanted to be on the podium and I wanted to try to beat at least one of either Ben Morley or Georgie Wood, so it was a nice way to start the year.”
Although set to start the season at number four, Edwards has his sights set on ending the campaign much higher up the order.
“By the end of the year I want to get to number one and stay there,” said Edwards. “Danny (Ayres) has his commitments with Scunthorpe in the Championship but that will help him improve and David Wallinger wants to be number one as well. It is good to have riders in the team that are all aiming to be the best.”