Injury curse strikes as debut rider sidelined
Berwick were dealt another cruel injury blow at the weekend when new signing Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen was ruled out for the rest of the season after picking up a shoulder injury on his debut.
The Dane was drafted in as a replacement for Joe Jacobs, who in turn had been signed on a 28 day temporary contract for the injured Lewis Bridger.
But in his first meeting for the club, against Sheffield at Shielfield in Saturday, he fell awkwardly in his first race. He went on to complete the meeting, scoring two points in a 41-52 home defeat to the Tigers, but afterwards it was confirmed he had injured his shoulder and would not be able to compete for the rest of the campaign.
Co-promoter Scott Courtney was naturally disappointed when he said afterwards: “Nikolaj will miss the remainder of the season and I can only thank him for his short but spectacular time as a Bandit and I’m sure we’ll work together again in the future when he is fit to race.
“It’s back to the drawing board for team plans once again which just feels crazy but it is what it is.
“You couldn’t script the misfortune that the club’s endured on the track this season but I must stress that everything apart from the injuries and the results is going well.
“That dosent mean I’m happy getting batttered and beat every week, but it’s refreshing to see good crowds on a regular basis, the racing is hardly boring and the whole experience on a Saturday night is as entertaining as it’s ever been.
“We all share the heartache of a loss but if we are here to make a difference we must tackle the difficult times head on too as a team.
“I’m half gutted, but you can bet your life on one thing, we’ll be back next week striving to put on the best show we can with the cards we’ve been dealt and I am immensely proud of everyone involved, the riders, mechanics, staff, volunteers, fans, and our fantastic sponsors.”
Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen hits the dirst in a first race fall at Shielfield on his debut. He completed the meeting byut was later ruled out for the season with a shoulder injury.