King's Lynn Stars rider Thomas Jorgensen talks openly about his struggles
Honest Danish rider Thomas Jorgensen summed up King’s Lynn Stars' struggles when talking of his “shocking” form.
With Ty Proctor and Jorgensen out of form, Lewis Kerr missing, Erik Riss withdrawn following a crash and Kasper Andersen still feeling his way at top flight UK speedway, it left skipper Robert Lambert and strong reserve Michael Palm Toft as the current reliable points scorers versus Poole in the Supporters Cup at home last Monday.
With Riss due to get his broken collarbone plated on Friday (24), the Poultec Stars management team are looking at making a new signing to put into position after Monday's bank holiday derby at Peterborough Panthers.
The usually-candid Jorgensen pulled no punches when discussing his form, and he said: “It's been absolutely shocking for us.
“My own performances have been really, really poor and I'm trying to work on it and trying my hardest out there but nothing seems to work from me.
“I'm really struggling with my gating at the moment. I'm trying everything to sort it out.”
On the 41-49 home Poole loss, he added: “We started really, really well. We had a big lead and then Erik had a big off and we hope he's okay. It was a nasty fall for him.
“Fingers crossed for him and we need to focus on getting back up again.
“We're sort of in a rut right now: we need to out it together. That's what I need to do personally.”
The Dane began well with first and second places but his fortunes declined with the rest of team's around the Heat 10 fall by Riss and finished with a seven-point tally.
Jorgensen said the team needs to lift themselves straight away with Premiership meetings against Peterborough and Wolves (Monday, June 3) coming up, and the riders need to improve their gating.
He added: “It's one of the first meetings in a long time I've actually scored some points. I've no idea what's going on over here (in the UK). Both leagues are absolutely shocking. There's no other word for it.
“I'm not going like I normally do and you saw, like there was no passing today.
“You can't pass with how the tracks are nowadays and how the engines are – it's hard to pass – you really need to get out of the gate and if you don't, it's hard work.
“I don't know what happened. They started to trap us and that is what's causing it: they just outgated us and it's much easier when you're out in front. They've got some pretty good riders and good gaters too, and that doesn't help us, but we'll put it back together.”