Leicester’s Patrick Hougaard has decided to take a break from British speedway while he gets his form sorted.
The Dane recently returned to action following a broken thumb but says he is lacking in confidence to give his best in the Elite League at present.
Promoter David Hemsley has confirmed the club have applied for a facility to continue using guest riders at this stage.
Explaining his decision, Hougaard said: “I have had quite a few injuries in the last couple of years and I feel that I have struggled a lot to regain my form after these injuries, and therefore I have decided to step away from the British League for a bit of time to get my form sorted.
“The reason for that is I want to get back up to speed before riding in the UK again. The Elite League is not easy and if you are not 100 per cent, you won’t be scoring the points asked for.
“Also with me riding as a heat leader, I need to be sharp and that will take a bit of time. So I think not only is this the best option for me but also the best option for the team.
“I have to assure you that it has nothing to do with Leicester Speedway. I have been treated really well and there are no complaints at all. It’s purely because I don’t want to be lacking in confidence and I want to do a good job for the team when I’m there.”