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Sarjeant staying positive
Wednesday 1st March 2017
by Mike Hunter
Unlucky James Sarjeant is trying to stay positive in the face of the bad luck he has been suffering, and is concentrating on looking forward to his appearance at Glasgow on 12th March in the Allied Vehicles Ben Fund Bonanza.
He was actually a volunteer for the event, and said "I've never done it before and it's obviously a good meeting to ride in. I've been to watch them. So I was pleased and excited when I got accepted to ride.

James is also happy that it is being staged at a track he knows well, having been a Tiger in 2015. "I met a lot of good people up there so it will be nice to see some old friends and management. I've still got a few sponsors up there. I can't wait for it really."

He is an enthusiastic racer who will travel anywhere, and last year grabbed the chance at 24 hours notice to ride in Ryan Fisher's Testimonial. "Adam Royunon and I went to America last year and Ryan and Daelyn looked after us, so it was nice to repay that."

The Ben Fund Bonanza will be a tough meeting to do well in but he hopes to impress and find a team slot somewhere. After raising his average by almost 3 points over the previous two seasons you might have thought he would get a Championship berth, but he says "I had talks with a few teams, I didn't turn anyone down but it turned out that plans changed, and averages didn't allow me to fit. I'm just unlucky really, it's a shame when you are progressing year by year and this happens. They should be able to protect British riders more."

Of course on Sunday things got worse when his Premiership team Coventry pulled out. "I'm not worrying about it, though I've spent quite a lot on my bikes this year. I went practising on Sunday and blew an engine so it was a pretty unlucky day for me.

"I'll keep practising and keep my head up. I found out about Coventry when Mick texted me but it was pretty much the same time as it got released. I don't know the full story so it's not for me to say any more. Obviously I'm disappointed but there are six other riders who will say the same. It's worse for me because I have not got a team at all.

"I've got the Ben Fund meeting on the 12th and I've got Berwick's 50th Anniversary meeting. I'm going to try to have a word with a few people and get some meetings abroad but I don't know much about overseas speedway.

"You've just got to keep going haven't you?"

Additional names added to the Bonanza lineup are Stuart Robson, Max Clegg and Nike Lunna, with one name to be announced this weekend by Paul Ackroyd.

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