EDINBURGH MONARCHS No.1 Sam Masters is feeling the strain of his increased speedway workload – but he insists he wouldn’t swap it for anything.
The Aussie scored six points and helped his new Elite League club Leicester Lions to a much-needed home win over Wolverhampton Wolves at the weekend.
Masters was making his home debut for the Lions after clinching a deal to double-up for them for the remainder of the season. And, despite a heavy-looking fall in his last ride, Masters was satisfied with his performance. He said: “The meeting went okay for me and we got the win that the boys needed as the side has been struggling of late. I felt good and the track rode well. But I was on the wrong end of a tight first corner in my final race and I think the referee should have called it back for a re-run. It didn’t matter in the end because we had won the match, but it’s not nice to finish a meeting eating dirt.”
But Masters, who was riding in Poland on Sunday, says he is in need of some time off following a hectic spell of racing. He picked up ten points as Monarchs easily overcame Workington Comets at Armadale on Friday to maintain their unbeaten Premier League record, but he was glad when the meeting was over, confessing: “I had been on the road for something like ten days before the match and I’m in need of a day off.
“Don’t get me wrong, I love riding my bike and winning races. But we had driven to Germany for my Grand Prix qualifier the previous weekend, and things have been pretty full on.”
Masters felt Monarchs’ comfortable victory over the Comets – which keeps the Capital side in third place in the championship table with matches in hand over leaders Somerset Rebels and second-placed Peterborogh Panthers – was another encouraging sign for this year’s squad.
“We are still unbeaten at home,” said Masters. “We need to keep it going if we are going to challenge for the title again. There are some good teams in the mix this season, and it could be a tough campaign.”
It doesn’t look as if Masters is going to be able to relax any time soon. He and team-mate Erik Riss are competing in the German Open at Olching tomorrow, before flying back to face Ipswich Witches on Friday in a rearranged league fixture.
Meanwhile, Masters has been drawn to race in Italy in his Grand Prix Race-off on Saturday, June 27 which means he should be available for Monarchs’ home clash with Plymouth Devils the night before. However, Kevin Wolbert has drawn the short straw and has been sent to Latvia for his GP Race-off engagement and will miss the Devils fixture.