Swindon Robins axe Klindt

Swindon Robins rider Nicolai Klindt

Swindon Robins rider Nicolai Klindt

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

IMPORT Nicolai Klindt has paid the price of a poor start to the Elite League with Swindon Robins showing the Dane the exit door.

And team manager Alun Rossiter has acted fast in bringing Australian youngster Dakota North to replace the Abbey Stadium number two.

Robins chief Rossiter, while admitting he was uncomfortable in dropping Klindt, he said that he had to act in the best interests of the team following two home defeats.

“I don’t like this part of the job, and to be honest I’m not comfortable with it either, but I had to act,” Rossiter told the Advertiser.

“Nicolai is lacking in confidence, and perhaps given time he might have improved, but that is something that I don’t have - I had to make this decision with the best interest of the team.

“He wasn’t happy when I gave him the news, understandably, and he will probably come back to haunt me down the road - they usually do.

“But my gut feeling was telling me that I had to make the change.”

Klindt leaves the Robins for a second time after spending the 2011 season at Blunsdon, where he was the club’s rider of the year, and he was brought back to the club looking to ressurrect a faltering career.

But five thirds, four fourths and one retirement in 19 races this term has ultimately cost him his place.

Rossiter is hoping that North, who spent some time with Birmingham Brummies in 2012, will be able to fit straight into the side as he already knows Nick Morris and Troy Batchelor.

“I’ve known about Dak for sometime,” Rossiter said. “I tried to sign him twice when I was at Coventry and I have tried to get him here is the past.

“He has had a pretty decent start to the season in Poland and he will give 100 per cent and I’m sure that he will improve on his current average.”

North is no stranger to the tracks in the UK have ridden for Mildenhall, Newcastle, Somerset, Peterborough, Ipswich King’s Lynn and Birmingham and he is also the son of former Stoke star Rod.

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8:44am Mon 21 Apr 14

susan hilll says...

so sorry to hear SWINDON have axed NICOLAI ALL he needed was some more time then he could have in proved some more i would like to wish him all the best for the future and also hope he gets fixed up with a new club soon.
so sorry to hear SWINDON have axed NICOLAI ALL he needed was some more time then he could have in proved some more i would like to wish him all the best for the future and also hope he gets fixed up with a new club soon. susan hilll
  • Score: 5

9:17am Mon 21 Apr 14

Bristols says...

Nice one Rosco, feel sorry for Nicolai and wish him well for the future, but you just could't keep the team as it was. Good luck to Dakota.
Nice one Rosco, feel sorry for Nicolai and wish him well for the future, but you just could't keep the team as it was. Good luck to Dakota. Bristols
  • Score: 9

9:59am Mon 21 Apr 14

morris 1 says...

Well done Rosco - glad you are acting swiftly, this might also give the rest of the lads a knick, showing that you will not be wasting time carrying them this season
Well done Rosco - glad you are acting swiftly, this might also give the rest of the lads a knick, showing that you will not be wasting time carrying them this season morris 1
  • Score: 5

8:01pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Di kanny oh says...

Hate to see riders axed and imagine Nicolia was a nice guy but it was well documented that the riders bottle had gone and that he would struggle in amongst traffic especially first bends and when you are in a results business this would always go against him. This issue has plagued the rider for a while now and the risk of waiting to see what happens could lose many fans and so Roscoe had to act fast and hard. Massive shame for Nicolai and hope he gets fixed up quickly. Dakota North is a full throttle rider who will certainly excite the fans and this kid will get better and better so a very good signing..
Hate to see riders axed and imagine Nicolia was a nice guy but it was well documented that the riders bottle had gone and that he would struggle in amongst traffic especially first bends and when you are in a results business this would always go against him. This issue has plagued the rider for a while now and the risk of waiting to see what happens could lose many fans and so Roscoe had to act fast and hard. Massive shame for Nicolai and hope he gets fixed up quickly. Dakota North is a full throttle rider who will certainly excite the fans and this kid will get better and better so a very good signing.. Di kanny oh
  • Score: 3

8:43am Tue 22 Apr 14

GiulianoGrazioli says...

is that the end of his column now then?
shame, but trust Rosco's thinking when it comes to putting the team first.

Best of luck Nicolai!
is that the end of his column now then? shame, but trust Rosco's thinking when it comes to putting the team first. Best of luck Nicolai! GiulianoGrazioli
  • Score: 2

5:24pm Tue 22 Apr 14

bobbinalong says...

Something had to be done and sooner than later, especially having such a poor reserve in the side who can only score points when other riders fail to finish. Let's hope this has the desired effect if not then this change shouldn't be the last. Well done Rosco!
Something had to be done and sooner than later, especially having such a poor reserve in the side who can only score points when other riders fail to finish. Let's hope this has the desired effect if not then this change shouldn't be the last. Well done Rosco! bobbinalong
  • Score: -4

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