Elite League is Hart's aim
JERRAN Hart is aiming for Under-21 success with Mildenhall to bury the disappointment of missing out last season after a disastrous semi-final performance.
JERRAN Hart is aiming for Under-21 success with Mildenhall to bury the disappointment of missing out last season after a disastrous semi-final performance. The Fen Tigers' new star signing admitted a night of all things going wrong at Isle of Wight cost him a place alongside Elite League stars Lewis Bridger, Ben Barker and new Grand Prix ace Tai Woffinden.
It was a calibre of field that Hart would have excelled in, as the 18 year old proved by clinching the British Under-18 crown just five months later.
"I will start next year a better rider," he said. "I will be working hard to try different things and will be looking at new stuff when I ride in an individual at Scunthorpe next month. I want to make it into the Under-21 final this time. I had a bad night in the semi at Isle of Wight, where I had a big crash with Gary Cottham and bent my bike badly."
Ipswich-based Hart was impressed with Mildenhall during their negotiations and is relishing the prospect of having West Row as his home circuit and being the Tigers' No 1. He said: "It feels good to be at Mildenhall. There's a good bunch of lads here, the family can see me ride being local and you know what you get with the track.
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“It's either really slick or really grippy and you can ride it non-stop as it's a big circle. It's going to be a new experience being at No 1, but it gives me a shot at having a go at the track record each time because the surface is at it's best in heat one.
“I'll either give it a blast in the dirt or hug the white line and see if I can handle the pressure. I'm sure with the fans backing we can make it very tough for away teams to unsettle us and win some silverware. I want to up my average in the Premier League from five to eight points and get a spot in the Elite League."
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