Premier League News from our rivals
Photo by Dave PayneThu 18 Jul 2013
Issued by BSPA Press Office Tuesday 16th July
BERWICK put in a strong defence of their Premier League Fours title at Peterborough before the horrific crash involving David Bellego in the penultimate race finally ended their chances.
Manager Ian Rae said: “Things were going magnificently for us and with two races to go we thought we had the strength to sneak this title for the second season running, but then at that point all meaning went out of the meeting. Speedway is a sport that can turn your emotions round 180 degrees on a sixpence in a wink of an eye - proof right here if ever it was needed.”
EDINBURGH enjoyed a busy but very productive weekend with a thumping home win over local rivals Glasgow, a draw at Rye House and then victory in Sunday's Premier League Fours.
Jozsef Tabaka, Craig Cook and Claus Vissing scored major points in the closing races at Peterborough, and manager John Campbell said: “It was unexpected but very nice and the team deserved their success.”
GLASGOW have turned to 19-year-old Dane Anders Thomsen as they look to end a run of eleven straight defeats, with their new signing taking the place of Jonas Raun in the Tigers' team.
Boss Sean Courtney said: “Anders comes in on a seven-point average, so it had to be one of the top five who made way to bring him in. I think it might take a few meetings to get going but as far as I know, his equipment is really good.”
IPSWICH boosted their Premier League challenge by taking maximum points available from a 44-34 win at Plymouth in a meeting curtailed two races short due to the curfew.
Manager Pete Simmons said: “It was a long night, but we rode with our heads. They have some good riders and will get stronger as the season goes on, so this was a great result for us and all four points too.”
LEICESTER secured a dramatic 46-44 win over Newcastle thanks to a last-heat 5-1 from Magnus Karlsson and Lasse Bjerre – after guest No.1 Ashley Birks had crashed out of the meeting in the first race.
Co-promoter Alan Jones said: “It was an incredible performance with what was basically a four-man Leicester team having lost Ashley Birks in the first race and then picking up three points from eleven races at reserve. Jan Graversen picked up a number of vital points and Kevin Doolan had a very good meeting and won an important race for the team in Heat 14.
“The responsibility of winning Heat 15 was given to Magnus and Lasse and you have to just stop and think for one moment that these two guys have had injury worries and are still not back to full fitness. So to perform in a high pressure last-chance situation was enormous and to their credit they responded in true fashion to earn the team the win.”
NEWCASTLE were left to rue an ill-timed mechanical failure for Richie Worrall as they just missed out on a place in the Premier League Fours Final – having lost Christian Henry to injury in a crash at Leicester the previous evening.
Manager George English said: “We looked like we'd successfully managed to haul ourselves back into a good strong position midway through the semi-final, but that engine failure for Richie when he was leading Heat 6 was absolutely devastating to our chances. Also Ludvig's (Lindgren) double-zero return meant there was too much for the lads who were firing to do. It's a short-format speedway meeting, and you can't afford three poor returns out of eight in matches like these.”
PLYMOUTH will hand a debut to Sebastian Alden when they face Premier League leaders Workington at the St Boniface Arena on Friday – with previous No.1 Ty Proctor now ruled out of the rest of the season.
Co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “Seb was one of our targets during the winter, but he wanted to concentrate on Elite League racing. Because of a lack of meetings, however, he has now had second thoughts and accepted our offer.”
REDCAR boss Brian Havelock was delighted to see his side maintain their push for Premier League honours with a dramatic win at Berwick on Saturday – turning the meeting around with 5-1s in the last two races.
Havelock told gazettelive.co.uk: “It was an excellent performance from top to bottom. I thought we were dead and buried with three races left, but the lads did brilliantly to earn the win. At that point I thought we were looking at taking a point from the meeting so to get three is fantastic.”
RYE HOUSE promoter Len Silver viewed the Rockets' home draw with Edinburgh as the right result after a succession of incidents throughout the meeting.
Silver said: “It was a fabulous night of racing and drama, with so many ‘what ifs?' What if Craig Cook hadn't had three tapes exclusions? What if Jason (Bunyan) hadn't fallen, Anders (Mellgren) stopped when he was set for a 5-1 with Tyson (Nelson) or Tyson suffered a puncture coming on the final bend? All those ‘ifs and buts' evened themselves out and draw was the only fair result.”
SCUNTHORPE will hand a debut to Danish international Nicolai Klindt when they visit Ipswich on Thursday, with the Scorpions hoping their team change can spark a run to the Premier League play-offs over the next two months.
Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “We've got eight away meetings left and we've got to target a fair chunk of points out of those eight meetings in order to make the play-offs. We also need to start targeting taking all three points from our home meetings. We've had some close home wins recently, but I believe the addition of Nicolai will increase our home winning margins.”
SHEFFIELD star Richard Hall is hoping his superb Longtrack Grand Prix victory in Marmande on Saturday can provide a major boost for the second half of his season for the Tigers.
Hall said: “I want to offer my sincere thanks and appreciation to my mechanics and my tuner, I'm going to be buzzing for the next few days after this. Thanks also to the fans who have stood by me all season, it's appreciated and I cannot describe how much of a boost this result is for me. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season now and hopefully this will just be the start.”
SOMERSET manager Garry May said he was delighted with the Rebels' efforts in the Premier League Fours when they secured a third-place finish despite the absence of No.1 Jason Doyle due to World Cup commitments.
May said: “I am extremely proud of the way the lads rode. When Kyle (Newman) won the opening heat of our semi-final it gave us all that extra belief that we could possibly pull off the impossible, and although we went into the last two heats in the final in the lead, it was always going to be a tough ask to hang on in there for the win and we just ran out of steam come the end of it all.”
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Last Updated : Thu 18 Jul 2013, 00:30 UK