Mear: Rockets ready for lift-off

PUBLISHED: 11:21 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:15 26 October 2009

Rye House Silver Ski Rockets Press & Practice Day 2008 - Robert Mear

Rye House Silver Ski Rockets Press & Practice Day 2008 - Robert Mear

Eddie Slater

IN his first season riding for the Rye House Rockets Premier League team, Robert Mear believes the Hoddesdon club are well on course for a successful campaign. The 19-year-old racer has loved being an integral part of the side this time around, having be

IN his first season riding for the Rye House Rockets' Premier League team, Robert Mear believes the Hoddesdon club are well on course for a successful campaign.

The 19-year-old racer has loved being an integral part of the side this time around, having been on the fringes last season, and believes his enthusiasm and determination can help move the team forward.

The Rockets have suffered a number of washouts so far, meaning their season has failed to kick-off in the way many expected.

But Hatfield resident Mear believes the victory over Birmingham last Saturday can kick-start their defence of the Premier League crown and secure them Elite League status.

He said: "The team were quite annoyed with the Premier Trophy loss to Birmingham at Perry Bar, but with the injury to Tai (Woffinden), it was always going to be a struggle without your top points scorer.

"But we bounced back in the return fixture, with a full strength team back on the circuit, and now the lads are well pumped up."

The former Onslow St Audrey's pupil added: "There was nothing we could do about the postponements, so we'll just have to make sure we keep winning all our matches."

Mear had his best ride of the season in the victory over the Brummies, with a seven point haul.

Yet he aims to improve this points scoring as he gains more experience throughout the season.

"My aim is to get some maximums, especially at home," he said.

"I think my riding is improving and I hope to start scoring double figures, and for the team to do well."

The Rockets face the Isle of Wight on Saturday in their first Premier League match of the season, and Mear says confidence is high in the Rockets' camp.

"The team are really up for the challenges this season, and it's brilliant to be a part of that.

"We're always disappointed when we lose, and we much prefer to celebrate together, so we are all hopeful for the season."

He also hopes his ever-improving rides can guarantee sponsorship as he aims to raise his stock within the sport.


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