LIDSEY: LESZNO'S SETTLED STARS SHINING
Aussie star Jaimon Lidsey says Leszno’s no-pressure approach is paying dividends as the Bulls bid to extend their PGE Ekstraliga advantage.
31 / 07 / 2020, 10:35
Aussie shooting star Jaimon Lidsey says Leszno’s no-pressure approach is paying dividends as the Bulls bid to extend their PGE Ekstraliga advantage at home to Gorzow tonight.
The league leaders host the division’s basement club and are hotly tipped to make it seven wins in as many matches in their quest for a fourth straight championship crown.
While the club has enjoyed extraordinary success over the past three and a half years, Lidsey insists that hasn’t ramped up the pressure on the riders to keep the good results coming.
During the week there is no pressure to practice or race for team spots. Everyone goes to the meeting with a fresh head and wants to do their best.
The Aussie Under-21 champion has been a rare addition to what has been a largely unchanged side in recent years, with Lidsey taking the place of Brady Kurtz, who has since moved to Lodz.
Jaroslaw Hampel’s pre-season loan move to Lublin also means Leszno now look set to stick with an unchanged one-to-seven, with only juniors on hand to replace any struggling stars.
Some clubs prefer to see their riders compete in practice sessions for their starting position. But Lidsey says the fact riders are assured of their spot in the side is helping Leszno’s finest come to the tapes in the right frame of mind.
The Belle Vue man said: “There’s a good vibe at the meetings. There is no big pressure from the club on individual riders. I think it’s more that we put pressure on ourselves. During the week there is no pressure to practice or race for team spots. Everyone goes to the meeting with a fresh head and wants to do their best.”
Lidsey was delighted to get his chance in the Polish champions’ colours after a strong Aussie season, which saw him finish fifth in the national championship and win a third consecutive Aussie Under-21 crown.
He has twice scored nine paid 10 points and raced to a healthy seven paid nine against second-placed Zielona Gora on Tuesday.
Despite such a promising start, he admits he didn’t know how he would fare in the world’s toughest speedway league.
He said: “I came over and was told I was going to race. I didn’t end up racing at first, but I was lucky enough to get a go in our third meeting. I have been in the team ever since. Hopefully I can keep scoring good points and stay in the team for the rest of the year.
“I didn’t know what to expect in the Ekstraliga. But if you have something fast underneath you and a good setup, it just shows you can beat anyone.
“I didn’t know whether I was going to win, lose or what was going to happen. After the first meeting, I kind of knew where I was at and what I am capable of doing. I just have to keep it going.
“You want to start well, but you want to keep improving all the time. The Ekstraliga is not easy – it’s the hardest league in the world. Every start and every setup has to be perfect.”
Lidsey would love to help Leszno land a fourth straight title in what is his third year at the Alfred Smoczyk Stadium, albeit his first as a regular starter.
He said: “Hopefully we can keep it going, get to the play-offs and set a new goal from there. It could be title No.4 this season and I think everyone hopes it is. But it is not easy. We will just have to wait and see what happens in September and October.”
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