JASON King hopes a spell as reserve will help him find some much-needed form with new club Berwick Bandits.
He is also calling on the services of his brother, Danny, and his mechanic to get him back up to speed going into this weekend’s double-header against Edinburgh Monarchs.
King was a late addition to the Bandits line-up, replacing Czech Filip Sitera just a few weeks into the new season and admits he has been playing catch-up ever since.
In his latest match he scored only three points in the 50-43 home League Cup win over one of his former clubs, Newcastle, at the weekend but he looked more on the pace and afterwards he was out testing another engine.
With the averages changing this week, King will drop down to reserve for the month of May, swapping places with Lubos Tomicek, who will step up into the main body of the team. “I’m hoping that will give me a boost because I have been struggling a bit since I came in,” he said.
“The Premier League is a tough place to try and make a living. I’ve been around a few years now, but I’ve never raced at number two before and now I know what everyone means when they say it’s a difficult position to ride in.
“I’ve asked my brother Danny to come up to Berwick to have a look at my set-ups. He was going to be here on Saturday, but couldn’t make it, so I’m hoping he can make it next weekend when we race home and away against Edinburgh.
“But he sent his mechanic up this week and we tried one or two different things. It certainly felt faster, and for a track like Berwick you always need plenty of speed.
“All I need to do now is try and get out of the start, because my gating is not as sharp as it might be.”
King, who is now fully recovered from the serious leg injury which kept him out of the sport for so long, says he is getting fitter all the time.
“I need the meetings to build up my fitness,” he said. The more races I get the better, which is why dropping to reserve will hopefully help.” Berwick will be without reserve rider Alex Edberg for this weekend’s meetings with Edinburgh at Armadale on Friday and Shielfield on Saturday. He is competing in the Swedish U21 Championships qualifying rounds.
This is likely to put some added pressure on King at reserve as Berwick will only be able to use a National League guest rider as Edberg’s replacement.
Edberg, who is easing his way back following his horrific injuries last season, scored seven (paid eight) from his four races against Newcastle.
“At the start of the season I was a little apprehensive, but I have done a lot of racing recently and I am starting to get back into it,” he said.
“It’s getting better all the time and I will go into the U21 meetings in Sweden confident of doing well. I know the two tracks I will be riding on and I know how they will be prepared.”