PIRATES' latest recruit Benjamin Basso is pleased to be making a strong early impact, both on and off the bike.

The entertaining Dane impressed at Wimborne Road on Friday night, scoring 10+2 from his five rides as Pirates cruised past Glasgow Tigers 56-34.

The victory secured Poole's spot in the SGB Championship play-offs with three meetings to spare.

But Basso has also won some fans for his attire off the track, sporting a Poole Pirates branded cowboy-style hat before meetings, something a few fans were also seen sporting in the crowd on Friday.

"It’s amazing to finally see some guys with the hats out there," said Basso.

"Keep it going guys, you’re amazing!"

Basso, who joined Pirates last month, got off to a slow start with no point in heat one against the Tigers, before back-to-back victories, followed by two second-placed finishes.

"It’s just annoying at the moment that I can’t get the consistency in my starts," he said.

"But we keep on moving and we just have to work on this."

Pirates return to action at home against Plymouth Gladiators on Wednesday (7.30pm).