Stoke Potters racer Max Clegg competed in British Speedway’s Under-21 final on Tuesday evening (May 1) at Berwick’s Shielfield Park circuit on Tuesday evening finishing in 11th place with 5 points.
Defending champion and team Great Britain international Robert Lambert dominated the event taking home first place.
Clegg got off to a rocky start scoring two points in his opening two rides, suffering a tape excursion in his third, and running a last in his fourth ride.
“It’s starts that break you. They’re crucial and I wasn’t making the best of starts all night,” Clegg said.
The 21 year old was able to come back and finish strongly winning his final race of the evening.
“It was good to finish with a race win. I was pleased to finish with that. It’s just a shame I couldn’t have started like that.”
This is not the first bump in the road for Clegg this year as he was controversially dropped by the Lakeside racing team in the pre season. The Stoke man has no hard feelings about the decision.
“It’s part of the sport. You’ve got a certain amount of averages that you can make in the team, seven, and apparently it wasn’t over.”
“I was gutted. It’s just one of those things, it is speedway and I understand. ”
Despite the heartbreak of being dropped from Lakeside’s team, an opportunity arose for Clegg when Stoke were looking for a replacement after Luke Chessell’s injury. He jumped at the opportunity and agreed to terms to race with the Potters this season.
Aside from being Stoke’s number one on the weekends in the national league, Clegg is also racing for the Rye House Rockets in Hertfordshire on the weekdays.
“It’s the premiership now, the elite league. That’s the top league. I race fixed nights (with Rye House) which are Mondays and Wednesdays.”
The racer does not feel much pressure competing for both teams in two different leagues.
“It’s gone to fixed nights this year. It’s fairly good, at least this year I can make majority of my meetings.”
Despite the last two fixtures being cancelled for Stoke, the Brighouse-born racer is looking forward to getting to know his new team.
“We’ve got a good team. Management are good. I’m happy to be with Stoke this year.”
Clegg is hoping to get his form back.
“I am struggling a bit at the minute, so it’d be nice to start scoring points for my team.”
“I’m a lot better rider than I am showing at the minute. I’m finding it a bit tough.”
Clegg’s next race with the Potters will be on Saturday (May 5) against Bell Vue at Loomer Road.