MILDENHALL Fen Tigers’ new recruit Nathan Stoneman has urged fans to be patient with him as he aims to break through into the main body of the team with a successful season.
The Cardiff-born rider is one of two new reserves for Mildenhall alongside fellow youngster Josh Bates as the West Row outfit have built a team focused on the development of youth.
The 15-year-old, who claimed the British Under-16 500cc title last year, revealed he has settled in quickly with his new team-mates and set his sights on going out and impressing on the track in search of glory and a higher starting team berth.
“I am really looking to season starting and just hoping everything goes to plan,” he said.
“I have been speaking to a lot of the boys on Facebook before I came down because I have never come this far across or rode with them before.
“They have been trying to help me out the best they can, which is obviously a good sign of team bonding and shows things should go well between us all.
“The aim is to go out and do the best I can really and hopefully people will appreciate the way I’m riding and even if my form isn’t consistent week in, week out hopefully the fans will stick with me and give me the support I need because this is a big jump for me up from under-16s.
“Me and Cameron (Heeps) have been joking about this season and I’ve already told him that I’m taking his number one jersey off of him.
“In all seriousness though, if I can get into the main body of the side then I will be happy.
“I am just aiming to impress and get out of the reserve berth.
“I will be trying my hardest to have a successful season.”
Despite the youthful look of the team this year, the average age working out to be just over 18-years-old, promoter Michael Lee reamins confident the Tigers can compete with the league’s best and even eclipse the National League Knockout Cup success of last season.
“A big part of this team is all about the youngsters.” he added.
“King’s Lynn, Stoke and Dudley are strong and I think will be the main contenders, but we equal anything they have.
“We are more than pleased with what we have got, we know they are capable of competing and I believe.”