That’s the message today from Hammers Co-promoter, Stuart Douglas, in the light of the news from Poland of another set of injuries to a Hammers rider. “Our first thoughts go immediately to Piotr, who has sustained some horrible injuries, which appear to include a broken leg and broken ribs, although that is not confirmed as yet. I’ve seen the crash online and it was really nasty.”
Piotr Swiderski was involved in the incident whilst racing for his Polish club, Wroclaw, on Sunday.
“We have now lost three of our riders to long term injuries, ironically none of which were sustained whilst riding for the Hammers. This is part of speedway – the riders know it, and we know, but it is nevertheless no more palatable for that fact. Stuart Robson, Adam Shields and Piotr feel like part of the family here, and it is undoubtedly a cruel blow for the club. It’s important they know how much they are appreciated by fans and club alike,’ added Douglas. “We wish them all a swift and complete recovery.”
‘But, like the poster says ‘Keep Calm, Carry On’. We have two more home league fixtures to win in our push for the play offs, and also the Knock Out Cup to look forward to. It is not anyone’s desire to field a four-man team with guests and facilities, yet we are straightjacketed by the limited number of riders willing and available to come in and do a good job for us. Jon Cook is in discussion with riders with a view to rebuilding immediately they become available, and as soon as we have positive news on that front, we will share it with the fans. In the meantime, it is time to show some good old fashioned English spirit, batten down the hatches, and weather the storm. I am sure our next visitors will sniff an opportunity – we shall not let them take it.”