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SWINDON ROBINS: Bjerre ready for Abbey bow
NEW Swindon signing Lasse Bjerre is relishing the prospect of turning out for the Robins tonight after being recruited in a doubling-up role.
Bjerre will compete for a spot in the Blunsdon side with Aussie youngster Nick Morris, and will make his debut alongside fellow new signing Dawid Lampart at reserve in this evening’s Elite League clash with Lakeside.
The Esbjerg-born Dane is looking forward to getting started after receiving good reviews of the Abbey Stadium circuit from brother Kenneth, a regular in the Grand Prix series.
“I’m really happy to be at Swindon,” said Bjerre Jnr.
“Kenneth told me it’s a proper race track and that’s a good thing for me because I like to race. I’ve seen a couple of meetings at Swindon and I like the look of the track anyway.
“When I spoke to Rosco (team boss Alun Rossiter) he made Swindon sound really nice, and it will be really good to come to a new team.
“I’m happy enough to double-up with Nick Morris, we’re two good riders so I think it will work well.
“I hope I can get as many meetings as possible and if I can score plenty of points then it will be good for the team.”
A shuffle of the Swindon side sees Jason Doyle move to number two from reserve, while Troy Batchelor switches to three from four with Simon Stead going in the other direction. Lampart fills the space vacated by Robin Aspegren.
Jonas Davidsson will turn out for Lakeside for the first time since re-signing for the club, but the Hammers are missing broken leg victim Richie Worrall.
Meanwhile, Swindon co-owner Gary Patchett has moved to clear up the situation surrounding Aspegren.
The Swede will play no further part in the Robins campaign after the club released him, following his request to be allowed to race for Griparna in his homeland, which would have rendered him unavailable for six of Swindon’s Thursday meetings.
And Patchett told the Advertiser: “We want to clarify that we didn’t axe Robin from our line-up, we released him.
“It was at his request to be allowed to do those meetings in Sweden and reluctantly we agreed to it.
“We didn’t want to get rid of him as he had upped his average.”
It was announced yesterday that Swindon had brought in Lampart to fill the space left by the departed Aspegren.