Each member of National League side Mildenhall Fen Tigers share Rider of the Year award
In a season packed full of high drama another surprising twist greeted fans of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers on Saturday after the entire team was awarded the club’s coveted Rider Of The Year crown, writes Graham Clark.
With each rider having stated their case for the title throughout the season, the management team behind the West Row-based outfit made the decision to issue the title to every member of the team in recognition of their efforts in this year’s National League.
“I feel that everybody in this year’s one to seven was a rider of the year so why single out one? They have all been exceptional and it has been brilliant to be involved with them,” said outgoing promoter Kevin Jolly.
“Gill (Jolly, wife) and me felt this was the right decision and I know a lot of the supporters did as well and in this way they all share the glory.”
Having put the club up for sale last month ending his eight year tenure as promoter of the club, the last four of which he has been the sole license holder, emotions were understandably high in what was Jolly’s final presentation night.
“It’s been very emotional and I didn’t want to be at the presentation night in some ways as I didn’t want it to be about us as the club is bigger than me,” said Jolly.
“We’ve worked hard at it for a good few years and we miss it already but it is time to move on.
“It was nice winning the National Trophy again and I would have loved to have cleaned up but more importantly to me is what the team have done through the course of the season and what entertainment we have provided for the people.”
Ryan Kinsley capped what has been a memorable campaign after being presented with the Supporters Rider Of The Year trophy.
Arriving on a 4.53 average the Norfolk based rider ended the season, which saw him spend a brief spell at number one, on an average of 7.56.
“I definitely didn’t expect to win it and it was a surprise to me. I didn’t think I would get it but it just proves what a good year I’ve had,” said Kinsley.
“I can’t complain as I ended where I aimed to be at the end of the year and achieved what I wanted to. Going up to number one was great, though I didn’t spend long there!”
While plans as to where the 20-year-old will ride next season remain fluid he has hinted that he would welcome a return to the Fen Tigers should they be running.
“We will see what happens at the AGM and hopefully the Fen Tigers will get taken on,” said Kinsley.
“I’ve got my average where I want it and the plan is to double up next year. Mildenhall would definitely be one of my first choices though.”