‘Last year, I rode in my armchair too much for my liking’ – Mildenhall Fen Tigers’ Jon Armstrong sets his 2017 bar higher!

Mildenhall Fen Tigers 2017: Back row, left to right: Robert Henry (manager), Connor Mountain, Daniel

Mildenhall Fen Tigers 2017: Back row, left to right: Robert Henry (manager), Connor Mountain, Daniel Halsey, Luke Ruddick Sam Woods. Kneeling, left to right: Danno Verge and Jordan Jenkins. On bike, skipper Jon Armstrong. Photo: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

Mildenhall Fen Tigers captain Jon Armstrong has heaped praise on the team’s young No.1 Connor Mountain as the season at West Row gets underway this weekend.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers 2017: Back row, left to right: Robert Henry (manager), Connor Mountain, Daniel

Mildenhall Fen Tigers 2017: Back row, left to right: Robert Henry (manager), Connor Mountain, Daniel Halsey, Luke Ruddick Sam Woods. Kneeling, left to right: Danno Verge and Jordan Jenkins. On bike, skipper Jon Armstrong. Photo: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

Armstrong, 42, the veteran in the side, still retains not only a thirst for the sport, but also a large degree of talent too.

He is hugely popular at West Row, a real leader among his young team-mates – none more so than Mountain.

“I’ll tell you what, that boy (Connor Mountain) is going to be an excellent rider,” Armstrong said.

“He has a real polish to him.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers 2017: Back row, left to right: Robert Henry (manager), Connor Mountain, Daniel

Mildenhall Fen Tigers 2017: Back row, left to right: Robert Henry (manager), Connor Mountain, Daniel Halsey, Luke Ruddick Sam Woods. Kneeling, left to right: Danno Verge and Jordan Jenkins. On bike, skipper Jon Armstrong. Photo: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown


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“If I was a young rider starting up in the sport, or even some riders already in the sport, I’d look at the way Connor goes about his business. He’s level-headed, has a great attitude.

“He has come back well from a nasty injury last year too.”

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Armstrong’s input in the pits at West Row cannot be underestimated, the Manchester-born racer another who is determined the Fen Tigers should be gunning for the play-offs with gusto this year.

“We have a good bunch here,” he said.

“And I want to raise my game as well.

“Last year I rode in my armchair a bit too much for my own liking. I only fell off once all season. I know people might think ‘what’s wrong with that?’, but riders will know what I mean by that. I was riding too reserved and this year I’m going to push it a bit more.

“We have to be aiming for the play-offs, in fact I would suggest we will walk into the top four.

“We all need to do what we are capable of doing. Make West Row a bit more of a fortress.”

Armstrong is certainly key to the team’s success both on and off the track, but it’s teenager Mountain who many eyes will be on this season as the Fen Tigers’ No.1 gets to grips not just with riding for the West Row club, but also the Ipswich Witches and the extra glare that will bring.

“It’s great riding for the Witches, I love it,” he said.

“They are a great team and riding with the calibre of rider at Foxhall will only improve me and improve my performances for Mildenhall.

“As a team here at Mildenhall, we know each other well as many of us were together last year.” ggg

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