Garcia bounces back from spill to help Tigers top table

Coty Garcia of Glasgow Tigers (pic by Ian Adam))
Coty Garcia of Glasgow Tigers (pic by Ian Adam))
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Coty Garcia revealed how he was struggling to breathe after a horror spill - but still soldiered on to help Glasgow return to the top of the Premier League.

The beaten-up Argentinian raced to 8+1 despite being sent flying through the air in his first heat against Berwick, which left him with a possible broken nose.

He joined skipper Aaron Summers for a 5-1 to get his biggest win of the day in heat seven to send the home team seven clear.

Summers went on to score a paid 15-point maximum including a superb win over Theo Pijper when the former Glasgow man looked set to give the Bandits a big heat advantage on a tactical double in heat 11.

The Tiger finished strongly to win 53-38.

Garcia’s spectacular get-off came after Berwick reserve Liam Carr locked up in front of him - causing the Tigers man to clip his back wheel and throwing him heavily onto the shale.

He said: “The track was a little bit greasy and the guy in front just locked up the bike.

“I came in with the speed and I found his bike in the middle of the corner and hit it with my front wheel.

“My shoulder is really painful and my nose is too - I don’t know if the crash was good to watch or not but it was hard.

“It’s painful when I breathe. I’m breathing through my mouth now which is not good when I am riding.

“Every single point after that crash is a plus and I won one of the heats with my bike completely bent.

“After that I jumped on Ryan Macdonald’s bike - I must say thank you to them for letting me have it - and I managed another couple of points.”

Glasgow now have two-and-a-half weeks off at home with Edinburgh the next visitors, live on Sky Sports, on Wednesday June 29. The Friday before that they visit the Monarchs in a crunch Premier League tie.