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King's Lynn skipper out to recover home form against Ipswich Witches

King’s Lynn Stars captain Josh Pickering is eager to recover his top home form against Ipswich on Thursday at the Adrian Flux Arena.

Including last Thursday night’s 5+2 return at Foxhall, Pickering has had a couple of modest returns at their Suffolk speedway derby cousins going by his high standards of this campaign, so will be keen to make up for this at home.

He will want to repeat his home league cup performance against the Witches when Pickering managed a hat-trick of personal successes versus his idol and fellow Australian, Jason Doyle.

Josh Pickering. (55389977)
Josh Pickering. (55389977)

The New South Welshman said: “I love racing against Jason Doyle and to put one over him is great.

“It’s just a funny sport: you watch these guys on TV five years ago when I wasn’t really doing much and now I’m racing with them and beating them. It’s crazy but it’s what I have set out to do.

“It’s always what I have wanted to do. It’s a little bit surreal at times but I’m just happy that we haven’t lost a match here. The ones we have lost are not good enough but we have won six which is great.

“We’ll just keep winning and keep having fun and the more people we get here, the better.

“We’ve just got to keep trying our best and keep making sure we win.

“Throughout the meeting I like to try and catch up with all the boys and pull in and have a chat, talking set-ups and what you think works and what’s not working and all that.

“We’re seven individual riders but if we work as a team we make a really great team.”

Reflecting on their previous home outing versus Peterborough last week, he added: “The track was a little dustier than it usually is. We were expecting a bit of rain.

“We should have won by more. Me not scoring 13 or 15 didn’t help any in the situation but the boys are all trying in their work to get better and better.

“If you’re sitting there doing the same thing sometimes it works, but a lot of the time it doesn’t, so you’ve got to be on your toes and everyone is looking to be a little quicker.

“Two or three changes that I made didn’t really go my way so onwards and upwards. If I make the change and it doesn’t work then I won’t die wondering.

“If I ever do want to make the decision and want to try something, that’s my gut instinct and I’ll follow that.

“It didn’t go well on the night, but that’s just the way it is.”

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