Scott Nicholls' diary: Back in action after crash

Published: 11 July 2008

It’s been a funny week since the crash during the Speedway round in Sweden on Tuesday, I was diagnosed with a separated shoulder by Brian Simpson.

His advice was to use the shoulder as normally and as much as I can, within reason.

He gave me some anti inflammatory’s and pain killers but I really don’t like taking painkillers. I always think that if you feel it hurt, then you kind of know that it’s getting better.

I only actually missed two meetings, one in Eastbourne and one in Poland, which was good but still frustrating. Luckily the Eastbourne Speedway team had an easy win without me.

My Polish Speedway club unfortunately took a real hammering, so big that even if I’d been there I don’t think that it would have made any difference.

Over the weekend the shoulder started to improve – painful still, but I had more treatment in the week and I found it getting a bit easier.

It was nice to spend a few days at home and catch up with a few people.

On Monday I decided that I really needed to test it so I took my motorcross motorcycle out.

I thought that if I can’t ride that, then there was no chance of me riding in Sweden on Tuesday, which was my plan. And it wasn’t too bad, so I went over to Sweden and the shoulder was no problem.

It’s still tender, I can’t lay on it at night, but I can ride my motorbike!

It was a new track for all of the Speedway team on Tuesday, as they have just come up from the Swedish lower division, and a very tricky one too.

A real home team track, it takes the opposition a few races to get a set up that works, and by that point they’ve already got a bit of a lead on you. I had one disappointing ride, but that was trying a different bike, so I switched straight back.

I was a little cautious but it wasn’t a problem at all.

The English summer spoiled a day of motorcross yesterday. A bunch of the Eastbourne riders and a few friends were planning a day out, but we got rained off.

Right now we are planning for the Speedway World Cup. We start our campaign in Coventry on Monday night. We are in for a tough night but we all know the Coventry track well, it’s a track I like.

Denmark and Sweden are tough opposition but we go into it in good form and good spirits. And we will give it our best shot.

It would be great to go all the way and win the Speedway World Cup!