||Last Updated: Apr 13th, 2016 - 10:34:33
David Howe is joining the Henderson Insurance Scunthorpe Scorpions in a coaching role.
Former Scorpionsí captain Howe, aged 34, rode for the club for seven seasons from 2009 to 2015, before a troublesome shoulder injury caused him to hang up his riding boots last July.
Howe has been in attendance for the last two Scunthorpe home meetings, and has already been assisting in the pits.
Promoter Rob Godfrey said: ďIím delighted to have David back on board at Scunthorpe Speedway.
ďHeís going to be our coach, and help our riders with gating, as well as passing on any other tips that he may have. One of Davidís specialities was to be able to make fast starts, while he has a wealth of experience built at both domestic and international level.
ďHe was already helping out Josh Bailey the other day for the home match against Peterborough. Josh flew out of the gate in his final ride, and that was down to Davidís influence.
ďDavid will be working with Josh and others, as he wants this club to succeed.Ē
David Howe said: ďThe other evening I found myself getting involved again, when I started speaking to Josh Bailey.
ďThe difference between losing and winning is so small in speedway. I realised the other night that maybe I can add that 1% to help a rider win a race. If Josh hadnít hit that puddle in Heat 12 he would have ended up with a paid win, because we managed to get him out of the start.
ďI guess Iím going to be there primarily for the likes of Josh Bailey and Zdenek Holub, although the whole team can come and speak to me, if they wish.
ďI fully admit that I donít think I was that good a captain when I was riding, because I was so wrapped up in my own meeting. Thatís the problem when youíre riding. Iím now in a situation where I can sit back and see whatís going on.
ďIíve got commitments with my truck driving job, but the plan is Iíll be down the pits for home meetings at Scunthorpe whenever possible.
ďIím only going to be on the end of a phone call, if any of the riders want to speak to me. I sometimes used to phone up Sean Wilson for a second opinion, because I could get in a muddle with my machinery Ė at times, itís difficult to see the wood from the trees. Much of the time I was asking him to confirm something that, with hindsight, was obvious, but it did help just having someone to talk to.
ďIt took me a while to get over my retirement from speedway, but Iím now keen to become involved again.
ďI still consider Scunthorpe as my club, and I want to see them winning. If my input can make that small difference which means a rider is winning races rather than losing them, then thatís great.Ē
Scunthorpe Scorpions travel to Somerset in Premier League action on Friday evening. Zdenek Holub is still missing through a shoulder injury, so Scorpions will again use rider replacement in his absence.
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