Blackbird determined to make up for lost time

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Lewis Blackbird insists the serious injury which cut short his sparkling first season as a Panthers riders has increased his determination to succeed in 2015.

The city-born and Cambridgeshire-based racer was a terrific performer last term – increasing his average from 4.81 to 6.30 – before disaster struck when making his debut in Danish speedway in early August.

Blackbird suffered a double fracture of the lower leg and ankle in a crash and was ruled out for the rest of the campaign.

He said: “I loved my time riding for Peterborough and it was a shame it ended in the way it did. It is the only club I wanted to race for in the Premier League next year. I’m looking forward to being back and working with the new promotion.

“I set myself a target of becoming a heat leader by the end of last season, but the bad injury meant it didn’t happen. That will again be my goal in 2015 although it won’t be easy as we have three quality riders above me in the averages.

“I’m making up for lost time after starting speedway relatively late and missing the last three months of last year has made me determined to come back better.”

Blackbird will be joined in a second-string role by another familiar face – Adam Roynon.

The 26 year-old racked up a century of points in the final weeks of last season after being drafted in as a triple team change which followed Blackbird’s injury.

Roynon has been plagued by a catalogue of horror injuries during his career, but club chief Ged Rathbone is convinced he can be a handy performer on a bargain 4.78 figure.

Rathbone said: “It wasn’t easy for Adam coming into the team when he did, but plenty of his performances suggested he can do well for us.

“We just want to see him have an injury-free year and if that happens, there is no reason why he can’t boost his average considerably.”