Bebee has point to prove
Sam Bebee is determined to make sure he is remembered for points scored on the track rather than injuries sustained by gaining his first paid maximum when the Stoke Potters visit in the National League on Sunday (3pm), writes Graham Clark.
Having recently returned to the Mildenhall Fen Tigers side after recovering from a fractured humerus, the 17-year-old, who also missed a spell earlier in the season with a broken thumb and scaphoid, is now keen to push on and make the most of a spell at reserve.
Although only scoring a paid four total (3+1) during the Fen Tigers’ 32-58 victory against the Buxton Hitmen on Sunday, the Feltwell-based rider posted his best score of the year 24 hours earlier with a paid 11 score (8+3) during the club’s 50-28 win over the Belle Vue Colts.
“It’s been hard coming back from all the injuries. I just want to crack on now and get laps under my belt,” said Bebee.
“I want people to think that I’m not just the rider who crashes. I am more than that and I’m keen to prove it.
“I’m happy riding wherever in the team. Being at reserve gives me some slightly easier races but there is also the chance of a few more rides which gives me a bit of hope to get a few more points.
“I was one point off getting a paid maximum against Belle Vue. I will be giving it my best this weekend to get it against Stoke.”
While the Loomer Road outfit have gained just one victory in the league this season Bebee acknowledges that the Fen Tigers can not afford to take the foot of the gas if they are to come away with maximum points and maintain a healthy lead at the top of the table.
“Hopefully it will be another three points against Stoke. We just have to treat it like every other meeting,” said Bebee.
“Sometimes it is harder to ride against teams near the bottom and keep as focused.
“We have got to keep on our game because as soon as we let it down they will slip in.”
It was one way traffic for the Fen Tigers on Saturday as they made it 11 straight home wins in all competitions to complete a quick fire league double over the Colts.
An impressive five 5-1s, two of which were contributed by the pairing of Josh Bailey and Jordan Jenkins, from the opening eights heats did much of the damage to the visitors.
Although the Colts prevented the Fen Tigers from gaining any more maximums a 4-2 in heat 11 fronted by a second win on the night by Danny Ayres secured the victory.
The meeting was stopped after heat 13 following an eye injury to one of the paramedic team.
Having raced to three wins from four rides against the Colts there was no stopping Ayers at the HI-Edge Raceway against the Hitmen with the former Kent Kings topping the charts with a paid maximum (14+1) as the Fen Tigers made it 10 wins out of 10 in the National League.