King's Lynn Danish ace reflects on captaincy role
Returning King’s Lynn rider Thomas Jorgensen revealed his captaincy stint against Sheffield was only the second time in his speedway career the Dane has been a skipper – and he can’t remember the first!
The popular Minor & Brady Stars ace said he had a “shocker” versus the Tigers at Lynn’s final home meeting of the season.
The 29-year-old told the Lynn News: “This is my second time – I can’t remember the first one. I think it was at this level, again I can’t remember.
“I don’t really feel any different. Everybody still needs to come together and ‘gee’ each other along.
“As a captain obviously it is a different issue when riders are having a bad one or are struggling, then as captain you have to go to them when needed and cheer them up a little bit; and flip the coin and hope to win that at the start.
“That’s not much different, I think, as being a non-captain. Tonight I was captain but I didn’t really feel any different. I knew I was going to be captain so I’m happy to be so, for sure. I don’t mind so we’ll see what Alex (team boss Brady) comes up with.”
Jorgensen had a taste of what regular captain Lewis Kerr has had to do this year, but pointed out: “I’ve always been trying to still keep the boys together wherever I ride.
“ I think that’s important, abroad as well, even if I’m not captain either. Oh, and for my Danish team I was told I was going to be captain and I didn’t know!
“Sometimes maybe you need somebody who’s got a bit of fire in them, I guess, and sometimes I’ve too much of that.
“It’s just the crucial moments when riders are really needing that little bit of help with things, and cheer them on.”
His return announcement for 2022 brings welcome security in what has been a tough past 18 months for self-employed riders.
“That’s right,” the Aalborg-born rider replied. “I’m really pleased to be back and I’m hoping for a much better season next year.
“We are working very hard for that. It’s nice to know it early. You know what is going to happen and can build and prepare for that.”
Jorgensen’s 2022 deal was relayed during the interval versus Sheffield, and he said: “I didn’t even know they were going to announce it during the meeting.
“I was trying to focus on my racing and I don’t know if it put me off because I had a shocker! I’m pretty disappointed with the score (5+1 points).
“It was a good draw that we had but looking at my score and sort of what I’ve done at home before, we would have won the meeting.
“There were a lot of things going through my mind.
“I’ve been very busy abroad as well, which has helped. Less thinking and more riding – that’s always a bonus.”
Lynn face two meetings this week when they travel to Peterborough on Thursday and Sheffield on Sunday.