Ksiezak determined to repay Devils fans
NEW Plymouth Devil Robert Ksiezak has thanked the city speedway club's fans for putting up with him.
Ksiezak joined the Premier League club less than two months ago after Plymouth released reserve Gino Franchetti.
The new Devils signing, himself released by Premier League champions Glasgow, has struggled a little since moving to the South West.
But Ksiezak, who was born in Australia, and who has one Polish parent, has kept at the task of trying to win over the knowledgeable fans at the St Boniface Arena.
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The 23-year-old's reward came in Friday night's comprehensive 55-38 victory over Sheffield Tigers.
Ksiezak won his first heat with the Devils and was voted man of the match by the meeting's sponsors.
Ksiezak said: "The heat win has been a long time coming, but I knew all along that I could do it.
"I had gone through such a bad run that my confidence was low and I wasn't making starts (during races) at all."
Ksiezak was also learning to cope with the St Boniface Arena, which is notoriously small.
He said: "I think I've got the right set-up on my bike for the arena and I've got my head right.
"You've got to make sure you're confident and you will make the gate and the first corner.
"It's been better for me because I've learned what to do."
Ksiezak said he was pleased to win his first man of the match award with the Devils.
He said: "It's good here – the fans are very welcoming and I'd like to thank them very much for that.
"I'd also like to thank them for putting up with me when I've had a few bad meetings.
"I've been working on it every week, about how to put things right and I think I'm getting better."
As well as his three points for the heat win, Ksiezak made a total of six for the meeting – not shabby from a position at reserve.
Devils chairman and promoter Mike Bowden said he thought Ksiezak was improving.
He said: "He definitely had a good night against Sheffield and I think with the work he's putting in he's getting there."