Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I'll Bring Home Some Silverware Vows Ben

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I'll Bring Home Some Silverware Vows Ben

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BEN Barker has vowed to wipe away disappointing memories and bring some silverware back to Redcar when he rides for the second time in nine days at Glasgow tomorrow.

The SG Petch Bears skipper was the only one of the Teessiders' team to ride to his potential, scoring 15+1, as they suffered their worst away defeat of the season - 56-34 - at the Scottish track last weekend.

The result ended any lingering hopes that the Bears would end an otherwise upbeat year contesting the play-offs and Barker, who has continued riding through the pain and discomfort of a broken bone in his left wrist, made little secret of his anger at the performance.

The courageous Cornishman contests the Championship Riders Individual, formerly the Premier League Riders Championship, and says he's not travelling over 500 miles from his home to come away with nothing.

"Our performance last Saturday was a real low point for me - it was not just our biggest meeting of our season, it was possibly the biggest in Redcar's history, and we just rolled over," reflected the 29-year-old, who joined the Bears last winter.

"It was very disappointing that the following two meetings were called off but the only consolation is that I was able to rest my arm because I've been in agony at times."

Redcar are likely to finish fifth in the Championship - one position outside the play-offs, while Barker also missed out on the podium by a single place, despite a battling performance, at the British Final in June.

He continued: "I want to bring a trophy to Redcar this season and if it happens to be this one, so be it."

"I can't say the wrist isn't going to be any sort of handicap on Sunday.

"It's not so much going to handicap my ability on a bike or my determination, more my preparation as can't even lift the bike into the van easily.

"I've been close (in what was the PLRC) before but when it comes to a final you'll notice I've often finished last or third and that's because I go out with no intention of finishing second. …

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