EDINBURGH Monarchs reserve hero Micky Dyer looks set to miss this week’s Premier League clashes against Workington Comets and Glasgow Tigers after breaking two bones in his foot following a heat 14 collision with Berwick star David Bellego during the Capital side’s 56-36 victory at Armadale on Friday.
Dyer, who scored a brilliant 12-point haul to lead Monarchs to victory, thought he had escaped unhurt, but revealed today: “Once the adrenaline wore off, my foot became very sore on Saturday and wasn’t getting better so I visited the hospital at night and was told I had broken two bones.
“It is still very painful and it’s in what they call a ‘moon boot’. I can’t walk and I’m on crutches at the moment. The hospital told me I cannot race for a fortnight but, if my foot can get into my riding boot, I will attempt to give it a go, but it’s impossible to tell right now.”
Dyer added that the pile-up was unavoidable, explaining: “Going into the third bend, Bellego I think clipped Matthew Wethers’ wheel and he locked up, and I ran straight into Bellego because I had nowhere to go, but such things happen in speedway.”
Although the accident has certainly taken some of the shine off Dyer’s sparkling contribution, the young Aussie couldn’t contain his delight with his double-figure total and says he has former Monarch Thomas H. Jonasson to thank for his turnaround in form.
Said Dyer: “I got two new frames from Thomas last week and this marked a big change for me because all year I haven’t felt right. I have not been confident on my bike which is a bit weird because I have been using these bikes the whole time I have been riding speedway. I had to make changes because I was aware I had not been riding that well recently.
“I’m definitely putting my performance on Friday down to my new frames. The bike is a lot more rideable and I had lots more speed.”
Dyer simply didn’t beat some of Berwick’s lesser lights, he pulled off a magnificent ride to head home No. 1 Ricky Ashworth in the fifth race, and that success pleased Dyer most.
He said: “To get a win over Ricky was ‘grade A’. I certainly did not expect to beat him and was looking around for him to pass me even though I was out in front. But I was on the pace and he never really got that close to me to put in a challenge.
“That victory was a big confidence booster for me and was exactly what I needed and hopefully with my new frames working I can push on now.”
Dyer added: “We are getting to the business end of the season and the team needs as many wins as we can get, and I want to put in a big effort and do my bit to bring about success.
However, with Dyer’s tail-end partner Marcel Helfer still to make his mark, does Dyer feel under strain to ride above expectations? “No, I haven’t been put under any pressure by the Edinburgh management, they have always told me just to do my best.”