Popular King's Lynn Stars rider working hard on the mental side of riding
Popular King’s Lynn Poultec Stars rider Thomas Jorgensen wants to improve the psychological side of his game.
Due to their pre-season fitness camps, the Adrian Flux Arena aces are among the most physically fit athletes in UK speedway.
However, the dynamic Dane is also keen to work on the mental side of riding, and when interviewed before Jorgensen has confessed he tends to ‘overthink’ matters.
Many speedway riders, as well as other athletes, engage professional sports psychologists - and it’s something the 26-year-old admits he is keen on trying.
The Aalborg-born speedster, who has just returned from a winter break with his first-ever visit to New Zealand told the Lynn News: “I’ve been thinking about it.
“My own problem is my head. I feel like it gets better every year, all the time.
“I’m still thinking about seeing someone; something like that. I’ve never been to one; I know it’s a good thing.
“I know plenty of riders - even the top ones - who use that kind of psychologist. Once you’ve tried it, you don’t really know, do you?”
Jorgensen said about the Stars’ fitness training camps which they began doing last year alongside University of East Anglisa specialists: “We’ve had a few, and they’ve been really good.
“We’re the only team in England which does this kind of thing off-season, which is good for team spirit.”
After a year and a half with the Saddlebow Road stadium side, he said it was an easy decision to return for the 2019 SGB Premiership campaign: “Definitely. I didn’t think twice,” Jorgensen, who finished second in the 2018 Lynn home averages, replied.
“It was nice for myself to sign that early. It’s such a nice club to ride for. It’s always especially nice to be in a winning side.
“We were top of the table last year, and it gives you more confidence, when you’re winning home and away.
“I knew I was happy they asked me to come back, for sure.”
He added: “I’ve just got back from New Zealand and it was nice to get a break for three weeks. I managed to get some laps in when I was over there, which was cool.
“I hope to get some more laps in this weekend in Middlesbrough and Redcar.
“I’m building the bikes up this week. I need my covers and race suit to get made up.”