Scott Nicholls diary: Poland Speeway GP

Published: 18 May 2008

Last Saturday was the Speedway European Grand Prix in Poland, and for me it was an absolute f***ing disaster.

The engines were just way off the pace, I’ve been having a few problems with the engines in Poland, we have just not been unable to get them set up properly.

We were obviously trying to fix it during the meeting, and I think that we made a few wrong moves, and then with a clutch problem is was just very hard making any gates. We changed bikes and I think that we all got a bit confused.

After the meeting is finished you can look back calmly but in the heat of the moment you have to make some quick decisions, and I think we made a few wrong calls. But we now know what’s what. When you are up against the world’s best, a slight problem can put you at a major disadvantage.

The only consolation is that everybody seemed to drop points, nobody has romped away.

We had a meeting in Poland on the Sunday, which was ok, the team won but I used the GP engines, I wanted to give them another run on a different track and they confirmed our thoughts.

We flew back Monday and went straight down to Eastbourne for the Sky TV match.
That was going pretty good until Lee Richardson had to pull out halfway through, and eventually we lost against Poole.

Then back home, unpack, re pack and then it was Sweden yesterday (Tuesday). We had a good meeting, and then late last night I was given the opportunity to come down to test at Ullevi in Gothenburg today, they wanted to test the track as much as anything but it was really useful for me.

There was myself Greg (Hancock) Jonas Davidson and Antonio Lindback. The major problem was the rearranging of hotels and flights, but I wanted to test, as the Swedish Grand Prix is up next.

So it’s back home tonight and then riding for Eastbourne, Thursday (at Ipswich), Friday (at Lakeside) then we have a home meeting in Eastbourne on Saturday.

Then Sunday I have a rare day off. We are having a small party to celebrate Mia’s first birthday and my 30th. I’ll probably end up falling asleep by mid day.

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  • Scott Nicholls didn't have the best of weekends at the European Speedway Grand Prix in Poland