Edinburgh Monarchs ace Craig Cook today admitted he is “absolutely sick” after his bike was written off in a nasty collision with Swindon’s Nick Morris in the Ben Fund Individual event at Leicester Speedway at the weekend.
Cooks says he is facing a bill of £2000 which he is threatening to send to Morris. Cook said his victory over the young Australian was marred by the pile-up in the Grand Final showdown and unless he finds some additional sponsorship he is going to be badly out of pocket just two weeks before Monarchs begin their new campaign at Armadale.
Cook was leading Morris after diving up his inside, but his rival hit back charging after him down the back straight.
Unfortunately Morris lost control and collided with Cook and both riders hit the air fence at great speed. And although the referee awarded the race to Cook to seal his triumph, it turned out to be a bittersweet success.
Said Cook: “My whole bike is badly damaged and that is two grand down the drain which is not ideal. I wouldn’t have minded had it been my fault, but it wasn’t. I’m absolutely sick, it was my first meeting of the season and I’ve lost £2000.”
Cook insists he is now facing financial hardship, explaining: “I spent all my money during the winner getting things for my bikes and I’ve got none left now. I’ll now have to try and find some sponsorship to help, and that is never easy. I told Nick I’m sending him the bill.”
The only saving grace, added Cook, was that they both escaped serious injury. “I tried to get across Nick but he kept coming back at me. He locked up after picking up some grip and went straight into me.
“As soon as he hit me he caught my arm and I knew then I had to get my own bike away and get away from it. Fortunately the air bag saved us from being really badly hurt. I have been on a winter training regime and I think this helped me avoid serious injury. I’m in the gym for two hours five days a week and I’ll be back again despite feeling sore and a bit bruised.”
Cook also top scored with 11 points for Team GB who defeated a Rest of the World side 45-39 in the preceding challenge match. And that performance has done Cook’s chances of making new boss Alun Rossiter’s World Cup squad no harm at all.
Said Cook: “I have got to keep impressing Alun and make sure I’m in the picture for the World Cup come the summer.”