Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How This Season's Team Shapes Up and What the Riders Are Hoping to Achieve

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

How This Season's Team Shapes Up and What the Riders Are Hoping to Achieve

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ULRICH OSTERGAARD Born: April 18, 1981 Nationality: Danish Average: 7.83 In a nutshell: Back at No 1 for a second successive year. By his own admission felt he could have done better in 2012 and is determined to prove it. Aims and ambitions for 2013: "For the club's sake I hope we can make the play-offs - once you get there anything can happen. So that's definitely the goal for the team. Myself, I need to raise my average because I had some silly meetings last year so I'm hoping to change a few things this year."

AARON SUMMERS Born: March 1, 1988 Nationality: Australian Average: 7.76 In a nutshell: Appointed skipper after Gary Havelock's career-ending crash last March. Briefly wore the No 1 jacket and has made it clear he's after it again for a longer spell. A former Redcar Cub, he'll benefit from riding in the Elite League with Coventry again and has the potential to be one of the PL's top riders.

Aims and ambitions for 2013: "I want to up my average again, get the No 1 jacket and have a good season."

MATEJ KUS Born: July 11, 1989 Nationality: Czech Average: 6.85 In a nutshell: Back for a third season in a Bears race jacket. Capable of being No 1 and has the ability beat anyone on his day. He's ambitious too, both at domestic and international level. This is a big season for the likeable Czech star. A joy to watch when in full flight and a consistent season can help him establish himself where he wants to be.

Aims and ambitions for 2013: "I want to be the No 1 rider in the Premier League. Can I do it? Of course!" HUGH SKIDMORE Born: January 2, 1990 Nationality: Australian Average: 6.13 In a nutshell: Close season loan signing from Sheffield. Likes the Redcar track and usually goes well there. A rider on the up with bags of potential who can be a match-winner.

Aims and ambitions for 2013: "We've got a good team so hopefully we can all work together and increase our averages. …

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