Edinburgh Monarchs speedway boss John Campbell is refusing to put any pressure on his American star Aaron Fox, who failed to score any points in both Spring Trophy meetings against Glasgow Tigers last weekend.
Campbell says he is optimistic that the 26-year-old Californian will come good once he sorts out his mechanical problems.
Campbell today told the Evening News: “I’m disappointed that Aaron does not have a bike capable of doing the job so far.
However, hopefully he will overcome that this week because he has shown he does have enough style to make me think if he can make a decent gate with the rest of the riders he will get into that crucial points scoring position.”
The Monarchs gaffer rejects some suggestions that Fox arrived in the UK ill-prepared for life in the Premier League.
“He was always going to come across to an eye-opening situation,” said Campbell. “It’s like night and day to what he is used to.
“While it didn’t matter, other than to himself, what he did in America, it’s a different kettle of fish over here.
“It does not matter what anybody does as long as they do well for the team and that is something Aaron is not used to. I don’t want to put any pressure on him because he is just lacking in mechanical preparation.”
It’s feasible that Fox will drop down to reserve within weeks, but the last thing Monarchs need would be a non-scoring tail-ender.
“I don’t think Aaron will be in that position anyway,” said Campbell. “I think he will become a scorer.
“He has arrived in this country with the idea that his bike set-up is correct and he has listened to advice from others.
“It is very difficult for new guys to completely change what they have been used to before.”
Campbell added: “Aaron is a far better American rider than Gino Manzares, who rides for Ipswich and has scored points already. We have got to take something from that.
“Aaron does not look frightened and out of control, but just when you think he is going to do something, his bike does something.
“I don’t want to pick on Aaron because it will take him weeks to settle down.”