Barker hoping to bounce back to form in style

New number 1 Ben Barker. Picture: Steve Waller.

New number 1 Ben Barker. Picture: Steve Waller. - Credit: Archant

IPSWICH ‘Sackers’ Witches No.1 Ben Barker is hoping a tweak to his machinery will get him back to the form he is capable off.

IPSWICH ‘Sackers’ Witches No.1 Ben Barker is hoping a tweak to his machinery will get him back to the form he is capable off.

Barker has endured a quiet start to the season by his high standards, with Witches fans wondering what is wrong with a rider who used to go through the card time and time again on his Foxhall visits with other clubs.

But Barker burst back into life with 14 points and a match-winning heat 15 ride at Plymouth last week.

It was more like it from the Cornishman and he knows it.


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“I haven’t been riding to my capabilities and I needed to change some things,” Barker said from his Cornish home.

“It’s to do with carburettors and I’m going back to the way I did things last season.

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“I felt better at Plymouth and I hope I can blast out of the gate in heat one on Thursday night, win and get a 15-point maximum”

Witches fans will be hoping the same as their team begin their Premier League programme with a tough test against the reigning champions Scunthorpe.

The Scorpions have endured a mixed start to the season but in Josh Auty and David Howe have the strongest No.1 and No.2 pairing in the League.

Their promoter Rob Godfrey is hoping they can repeat the performance they produced at Foxhall last season, where they won.

“We won in fabulous style at Ipswich last season,” he said.

“It was perhaps the result that got us noticed. It is unlikely to be as easy this time.”

The Witches will be hoping Jari Makinen can get firing. The young Finn has endured a torrid start to the season and with the return leg of this fixture Friday night, a poor set of scores from Makinen is surely likely to put his team spot in danger, even at this early stage of the season.

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