Comets finish as runners-up in Championship Pairs as Sheffield retain their title!
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Thu 25 Jul 2013 by BSPA Press Office
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 23rd July 2013
BERWICK star Ricky Ashworth says the more he races, the quicker he will return to top form after nearly three months out of action with severe concussion.
Ashworth said: “I feel perfectly okay in myself but it's all about getting track time at the moment. I have had a few practice spells, but there is no substitute for racing, because you can never judge how quick you are going when you are out on your own.”

EDINBURGH skipper Derek Sneddon admitted his side could have no complaints after suffering a 52-41 home defeat at the hands of play-off rivals Newcastle at Armadale last Friday.
Sneddon told The Scotsman: “Without a doubt Newcastle turned in a fantastic performance and we were just not at the races. Far too many of us had an off night, and that might just be down to the fact that it has been a emotional and difficult time for the team over the last fortnight.”

GLASGOW newcomer Anders Thomsen had a positive impression of his home circuit having completed several practice laps at Ashfield last weekend ahead of this Sunday's clash with Plymouth.
Thomsen said: “I like it a lot, it's a super track. In Denmark we don't have many tracks with banking, so I like this one and being able to run up high. I'm really looking forward to racing here on Sunday.”

IPSWICH face Edinburgh at Foxhall on Thursday with a place in the League Cup Final at stake for the aggregate winners, and the Monarchs take a six-point lead into the meeting from their victory at Armadale.
Ipswich boss Pete Simmons said: “After the first leg that turning this small deficit around is definitely possible, and the team will now be fully fired up to make sure that they go through to the Final for the second year running where we would face the Newcastle Diamonds.”

LEICESTER are waiting for news on injured skipper Kauko Nieminen, who missed the Lions' last fixture and the Pride of the Midlands due to a knee injury. The East Midlands club return to Premier League action against Sheffield on Saturday.
Co-promoter Alan Jones said: “The knee he injured is still very swollen. Provided the swelling has subsided Kauko is booked in for a scan on Tuesday and we will know more about the extent of his injury during the week.”

NEWCASTLE collected five Premier League points from two tough weekend meetings, securing four from a stunning 52-41 win at Edinburgh before being held to a draw at Brough Park by Somerset on Sunday – a result boss George English regarded as fair.
English said: “We now remember why we should never underestimate our opponents as the Rebels raced well and deserved some just rewards. Again one or two of our lads had an ‘iffy' night where consistency was at a premium and it's something they will work at and make sure we get more nights like at Edinburgh. But it was a superb meeting to watch without doubt and Somerset should be congratulated – they're a good team.”

PLYMOUTH face the prospect of continuing to operate with guest riders as they prepare for a weekend double header with Premier League matches away to Workington and Glasgow on Saturday and Sunday.
Devils co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “We are searching all avenues for a new rider, but it is not proving easy. It is not as if there is a queue of number one riders out there waiting to be signed up.”

REDCAR are building up to a big clash with close rivals Newcastle on Thursday with both sides well-placed in the battle for Premier League play-off places.
Manager Jitendra Duffill said: “You don't need to sell this fixture to both sets of fans. A close match is in store as rider replacement may even strengthen the Diamonds cause. Meanwhile we hope to be at full strength with the anticipated return of Matej Kus to our ranks. Both sides are in the top six in the table and will want to gain the points to stay there and qualify for the play-offs.”

RYE HOUSE youngster Ben Morley enjoyed one of his best recent Premier League meetings with a score of eight (paid ten) against Glasgow as the Rockets secured maximum points from a double-header against the Scottish side and Sheffield on Saturday.
Morley said: “I was really pleased with my performance, which was so important for my confidence. I particularly needed that last one. It got a bit hairy over the last few bends. Henning (Bager) tried to get inside me, but there was just no way I was going to let him through.”

SCUNTHORPE promoter Rob Godfrey took the positives from another Eddie Wright Raceway thriller where the Scorpions edged a one-point win over Redcar thanks to a last-heat win from David Howe.
Godfrey said: “Of course we really wanted that bonus point but there were some real positives to take out of the meeting. Ryan Douglas is starting to show some form and it now gives us two reserves who are scoring. David Howe had four good rides out of five and Josh (Auty) was at his sensational best once again. He is so good round here.”

SHEFFIELD co-promoter David Hoggart is delighted for the Tigers to be staging the third Great Britain v Australia Test Match at Owlerton on Thursday, with World Cup riders Lewis Bridger and Cameron Woodward leading the sides.
Hoggart said: “I think it's going to be a brilliant contest, both sides will be desperate to get one over the old enemy. With the Ashes going on there's a bit of Britain-Australia rivalry at the moment, and I think we're set up for a great night of action.”

SOMERSET boss Garry May says team spirit played a big part in the Rebels' successful weekend on the road, with a point gained from a narrow defeat at Somerset and then two from a draw at Newcastle.
May said: “I've said it before about this team, but they never know when they are beaten and will keep fighting right to the very end of every match. We have such a great team-spirit here which was emphasised by the way Doyley (Jason Doyle) came back from the Czech Republic after winning a superb bronze medal in the World Cup Final to ride for us at Newcastle. He was determined to be here and lead the team from the front, but every one of the guys played their part this weekend and you can't ask for more than that from your team.”
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