Aaron Fox today said he must ensure he and his engines are on the same page if he wants to make a mark at reserve for Edinburgh Monarchs.
The racers return to Premier League action against Workington Comets at Armadale tonight.
Monarchs will extend their unbeaten sequence to 24 matches, which would topple the previous record set by Arena Essex back in 1991.
But Fox, who flew back to California to see family and friends last week, admits he has much work to do, especially after he failed to score in Monarchs derby success at Glasgow Tigers recently.
“It was kind of tough at Glasgow,” he said. “I only had one bike, my other two motors were away being serviced and I’m hoping they’ll be back for tonight. I’m not making excuses for the Glasgow match, I was not prepared for it, and my approach to it wasn’t right either.
“And my third engine has had to be checked out because it was sluggish at Glasgow. I need to make sure that everything is fine from now on.”
Fox continued: “It was so hard against the Tigers, it was pretty much all about making the starts, and I just was not on the pace and I struggled and did not feel confident on the bike, it wasn’t working the way it had when I guested for Glasgow a couple of weeks earlier.”
Consistency is something Fox has found elusive, but he was at least heartened by his paid six points he gleaned against Peterborough Panthers in Monarchs’ last home meeting which they narrowly won 51-42, the closest they have been pushed at the West Lothian Arena so far this season.
Said Fox: “I did okay because Peterborough were a strong side and a tough one. I was happy with my score and got the job done, I suppose it could have been better but I was satisfied with my display overall.”
Workington will be regarded as stiff opposition despite being bundled out of the League Cup semi-final by Peterborough who now face Monarchs in the final.
Fox said: “Workington are still riding pretty good, but I don’t think we should have too many problems against them. And I think we should win which would give us the record.
“I have complete faith in the boys, I just hope that I pitch in with a few points, there is pressure on me sometimes if I don’t score, and that has been the difference at away matches when I have been scoreless.
“I know there is no pressure on me from the team, who have been very supportive because I think people don’t expect me to do too much. I probably put more pressure on myself to do better, the more meetings I get under my belt, but I just have to keep on trying. I have got to get my confidence going and have faith in my machinery. This is the key for me to do well.
“That’s all it is, get to the start line believing you can win. If I think like that, I know I can do well. Finding consistency and making sure me and the bikes are on the same page, that is the bottom line.
“I know I have been the quickest when I have got out of the starts. I don’t get passed so often. I have been working on my gating and my starting technique, but it’s work in progress, but things are coming around, I just need to get out in front and I’ll be among the points more.”
It’s a busy weekend for Monarchs, who visit in form Berwick Bandits tomorrow night on KO Cup quarter-final duty before making the long haul to Peterborough 24 hours later on league business.
Fox added: “ I did not do well at Berwick earlier in the season so I would like to scrape round and do better this time.”
Workington, who have ridden six fewer matches than Monarchs and can still qualify for the play-offs, are carrying injury problems and will use the rider replacement facility for sprained ankle victim Kyle Howarth and track guest replacement Liam Carr for the sidelined Ashley Morris.