Schramm: Leave my bike alone!

IPSWICH ‘Sackers’ Witches star Chris Schamm has instructed all around him not to touch his bike this week.

The 26-year-old from Maldon is still seething after he changed his set-up at Foxhall last Thursday, having been unbeaten in his first two races.

“I made a great start in my first race last Thursday, and was chasing Jerran (Hart) in my second,” he said.

“So I was unbeaten in those two races, but I thought the track was changing, so I changed a few things on the bike. It was the worst thing I could have done.

“After that I only got a couple of third places.

“So I’ve told my pit crew not to touch anything this week. I’ve been working hard in the workshop and I’m well prepared.”

Schramm and the ‘Sackers’ Witches entertain Berwick Bandits tonight at Foxhall Stadium, in the first Premier League fixture of 2011.

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Both sides will want to get off to a good start, especially the Witches, who destroyed Rye House in the first six races last week and then were close on their coat-tails in the return clash at Hoddesdon on Saturday.

Schramm, who has plenty of Premier League experience, is happy with what he has seen from the Witches so far.

“I think we honestly have an awesome team,” he said.

“We have an out and out number one in Kevin (Doolan), and the rest of the team are all capable of upping their averages.”

Berwick have a decent side on paper and they ran Newcastle close on their own track at the weekend, losing by just five points at Brough Park.

Charlie Gjedde is the star man at Berwick, and he has enjoyed plenty of Elite League experience with Swindon and Belle Vue.

Kozza Smith rode for the Witches for a time last season, while Lee Complin and Josef Franc are both experienced PL riders.

Ipswich welcome back Morten Risager after his injury last week, while Lasse Bjerre was racing for King’s Lynn last night, in their opening night meeting against Birmingham.

Bjerre is doubling up with the Norfolk side in the Elite League.

Tonight’s teams:

Ipswich “Sackers” Witches: 1. Kevin Doolan (C), 2. Taylor Poole, 3. Lasse Bjerre, 4. Morten Risager, 5. Chris Schramm, 6. Jerran Hart, 7. Chris Mills

Berwick Bandits: 1. Charlie Gjedde, 2. Hynek Stichaeur, 3. Kozza Smith, 4. Josef ‘Pepe’ Franc, 5. Lee Complin (C), 6. Tamas Sike, 7. Jade Mudgway.

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