Premier League news from our rivals
Photo by Dave PayneTue 25 Mar 2014
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 25th March 2014
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BERWICK director George Hepburn admits the signing of Danish star Claus Vissing was one of the club's winter priorities.
Hepburn told Speedway Star: “As everyone knows, we have been tracking Claus for some time. He always seems to go well at Shielfield and we are expecting him to be a big scorer for us at home.”
EDINBURGH co-promoter John Campbell expects the club to reach their fund-raising target for the new air-fence at Armadale which is in place ahead of Friday's opening fixture against Glasgow.
Campbell told the Edinburgh Evening News: “We had a number of accidents last season so hopefully the air fence will see riders get up more readily from any pile-up as opposed to smashing through the safety boards, but it won't eliminate them altogether because crashes happen in so many different ways. We are very close to reaching our final target of £20,000 and I'm sure we will achieve that after our opening match against Glasgow is over.”
GLASGOW co-promoter Colin Hamilton is backing the club's youthful trio of Kasper Lykke, Anders Thomsen and Dimitri Berge to shine this season.
Hamilton said: “I think it is good and we think that the three riders of that age will fit in nicely with Stewart Dickson. When he's team managing, he'll be able to pass on his experience and tactics, etc. They will also benefit from the older members of the team as well. It is a good blend between youth and experience and we certainly hope it will work for us this year.”
IPSWICH boss Chris Louis believes the Premier League is as open as ever this season as the Witches prepare for their fourth season at that level.
Louis told Speedway Star: “It is impossible to pick a winner or even name who you think should be classed as favourites. It would be unfair to rule out any team at this stage. As far as I can see, every one of the clubs has the ability to win meetings both home and away.”
NEWCASTLE manager George English took consolation from a narrow home win although Workington took overall honours in a closely-fought two-legged encounter for the Ian Thomas Shield.
English said: “I thought we rode very well and the most important thing was to get the win on the night – which we did after a tremendously exciting match which went right down to the wire.”
PETERBOROUGH recovered from an opening-night setback at home to Rye House by taking an away win from their inter-league challenge at Leicester – and they know they need further away success to progress in the League Cup.
Co-boss Blayne Scroggins said: “We were given a lesson in gating, and the one team you don't want to come up against when you can't gate is Rye House. I don't think it was a bad performance, everyone was working hard, but now we've got to make up for that at some difficult away tracks.”
PLYMOUTH co-promoter Ashley Taylor is hoping the Devils newcomers can quickly adapt to their home track in Saturday's opener against Somerset.
Taylor said: “It is also going to be interesting to see how Sam Simota, Roland Benko and Kalle Katajisto go in their first competitive fixture at the St Boniface Arena. Sam looked really good and professional in last Saturday's practice session while Roland has taken advantage of also attending the previous week's Demons practice.”
REDCAR newcomer Richard Hall is keen to take advantage of his late call-up back to Premier League action with the Bears.
Hall told Speedway Star: “I became a bit of a track specialist at Sheffield and now I hope the move might help me improve my away average a bit. It's a new beginning for me and hopefully I can make it a good home.”
RYE HOUSE boss John Sampford admits the Rockets' surprise win at Peterborough last week has given them a major boost at the start of the season.
Sampford said: “We're going to carry a lot of initial momentum into Ipswich on Thursday. It really was a wonderful result, and a night to remember. We've not managed too many victories at Peterborough over the years, which made it even sweeter. Everyone gave everything, and I couldn't have asked for any more.”
SCUNTHORPE have confirmed a return to team management duties for Dave Peet in 2014 – and this time he will be in charge for their full Premier League programme.
Peet said: “It's great to be back as team manager at Scunthorpe, and I'm delighted that I will be team manager for all our meetings this season, both home and away. Last year was quite start-stop for me, with me only doing the odd away meeting. There were less Premier League fixtures last season, and sometimes we went three weeks without a home meeting. So I wasn't seeing the riders every week.”
SHEFFIELD will include speedway legend Sam Ermolenko, 53, in the line-up for their season-opening Air Fence Fund Bonazna at Owlerton on Thursday.
Former World Champion Ermolenko said: “I'm a regular visitor at Sheffield so I'm really pleased to be able to help in what should be an entertaining meeting to raise some money for the new air fence. The new promoters accept the fact I'm not going to be sticking my neck on the line but I'll be going out there to enjoy myself, have some fun and hopefully I'll be fairly competitive. I'll still always have a smile on my face when I ride my speedway bike which is the main thing.”
SOMERSET boss Garry May is keen for his new-look side to make an immediate impression in this weekend's challenge fixtures against Plymouth.
May said: “I know this might only be billed as a challenge match, but we will not be taking things lightly. I want the team to get into the winning habit right from the off and to install that same winning mentality that took us to the League and Cup double last year.”
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Last Updated : Tue 25 Mar 2014, 19:51 UK