RICHARD Lawson admits he’s out to prove he’s still Glasgow’s number one rider – and seal the Tigers’ place as the number one side in the league.
‘The Lawman’ heads into a key Championship battle against Edinburgh on Saturday aiming to recover from his own and his team’s run of poor form.
Glasgow are still favourites to finish top of the league, but saw their title charge dented in away defeats at Ipswich and Workington in recent weeks, with Sheffield now almost on level terms in terms of points and matches raced.
However, the Tigers haven’t had a home match for nearly a month, and Lawson says a return to familiar shale will offer the ideal chance to get back to winning ways.
He said: “We want to pick up where we left off against Berwick on July 16 and carry on winning.
“It hasn’t really gone to plan lately and the form has been disappointing. I think a good home win would boost everyone’s confidence and get everyone back in the groove.
“There’s a bit more pressure in the derbies, so we’ll be looking to put one over them and I think we’ve got enough in our team to take them.
“We are looking to finish top – we want to choose who we race against in the playoffs and that is definitely the aim. We need another good away win to push us along the road, because Sheffield are right there.
“Obviously the playoffs are the target, which we should be good for, but we’re determined to get that number one place because it could be crucial in who we pick.”
Lawson took a heavy fall in the opening race at Ipswich last Thursday, struggling to paid four points, and was then left frustrated by tough outings in Sunday’s Fours competition and for his Premiership team Somerset at King’s Lynn on Monday night.
“I’m still a little bit sore – but I’m struggling a little bit with my form which is really disappointing,” he said.
“I’ve had a few bad meetings and I’m not happy about that. I’m changing a few things and trying to work on it, and hopefully we can turn it around as quickly as possible, because I don’t like scoring no points – it’s pretty embarrassing.
“The bikes have been good. It’s something I can’t really put my finger on – I’ve just got to hit the reset button, analyse a few things that I’ve been doing and get back to how I was when I was scoring points. I’m trying to put an end to this run of form and turn it around.
“I’m just looking at my own performances. I probably don’t deserve that No 1 racejacket at the moment so I wouldn’t be surprised if I had lost that. But I’ve still got it, so I’ll make the most of it and try to ride like a No 1.”
Edinburgh go into the meeting without their top man Sam Masters, who’s been sidelined by a broken collarbone, with Newcastle’s Ludvig Lindgren deputising.
A win would put Glasgow onto 55 points, but if Sheffield win at home tonight, they will likely remain top over the weekend.