SPEEDWAY: Robins snap up Kildemand and Gustafsson
1:03pm Saturday 21st December 2013 in Sport
SWINDON Robins’ speedway team are just one rider away from a full roster after announcing the signings of Danish star Peter Kildemand and Swedish racer Simon Gustafsson for the 2014 season.
For Robins fans, the key capture will be Kildemand who helped Swindon win the title in 2012 and has been Rider of the Year at the Abbey Stadium in each of his two seasons at the club.
The 24-year-old Kildemand will start the new season in the No.1 position as his average is fractionally higher than new skipper Troy Batchelor – and boss Alun Rossiter couldn’t be happier with his spearhead.
Rosco said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have our double Rider of the Year back. Peter is a rider who gets better every year, and once again I feel there’s more to come from him.
“He started with us on an average of just over four, he put it up to 6.98 in his first year and then it went to 8.25 last season, and I really think he could improve on that further because he’s learning all the time.
“He also guarantees excitement. There’s no better sight in speedway than seeing Peter Kildemand in full flight, and you know you’ve got something special when you have people like Carl Fogarty tweeting that they love watching Kildemand.
“I’m really happy with the way things are coming together. Peter’s average is just above Troy’s, so he’ll start at No.1, but I’m expecting a big year from them both and I think being made captain will give Troy an extra edge, too.”
Gustafsson, son of former world No.4 Henka, joins in a loan deal from Eastbourne having spent the last six full campaigns in Eagles colours.
Rossiter, who raced with Gustafsson senior at King’s Lynn in 1992, believes he will be able to unlock the rich potential in Simon next year.
Rossiter said: “I have always liked Simon as a rider, he’s had some good meetings at Swindon and I just feel his career has maybe stalled a bit of late, and I think Eastbourne would agree with that, too.
“I know he struggled for a time last season but Trevor (Geer) told me he invested in some new engines later in the year and he did begin to turn things around.
“I believe there’s bags of potential and improvement in Simon, and as a manager and promoter I’m always looking for riders who are going to improve.
“That means we’ve got one spot to fill, it’s going to be a very young team but there’s so much potential there and I’m excited about our prospects.”
Kildemand and the 23-year-old Gustafsson join Batchelor, Nick Morris, Steve Worrall and Josh Bates as confirmed starters for 2014.
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