MAX Perry admits it felt “less pressurised” riding as a guest this week, compared to when he was part of the Poole Pirates septet.

A month on from being dropped from the team, having totalled just 9+4 from nine meetings, Perry produced his best score for the club.

Guesting in place of the injured Vinnie Foord, Perry scored 3+1 from his three rides, scoring each time in the 50-40 win over Edinburgh Monarchs at Wimborne Road.

Having done well to get the better of fellow teenager Max James in his opening ride, Perry then earned a slice of luck to take third ahead of Connor Coles, whose bike packed up on the final corner.

In his third outing, Perry suffered a nasty fall, knocked off on the home straight by James, who was excluded.

Perry required medical treatment, with bandaging applied to his hand, but he got back on his bike and added to his tally.

His efforts earned him the sponsors’ rider of the night award.

Reflecting on his performance, Perry said: “It wasn’t too bad. I am making better starts, so that is helping me a lot.

“The last race wasn’t the best, getting taken out.

“It’s feeling a bit sore, but I managed to take the re-run and nearly got past (Lasse) Fredriksen for the 5-1, but I managed to ride around and get the point.

“It was a bit less pressurised than when I was with Poole.

“I rode a lot better than in the last few months and have started to get the confidence back, so it’s good.”