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Rusty Didgeri Does it - at last!
Photo by Dave Payne
Sun 12 Apr 2015 by Comets Press Office
Rusty Harrison emerged victorious from his own 'Didgeri Do' Testimonial Meeting with a flawless display as he won all six of his rides and set the fastest time of the night.
Having gone through the card by winning all five of his programmed rides Rusty then led the Grand Final throughout, finishing ahead of second-placed former Comet James Wright and third place current team-mate Kyle Howarth, while the fourth rider in the Grand Final, Newcastle's Christian Henry, was forced to retire on the opening lap with machine problems.

This capped a successful night for the long-serving Comet, who also set the fastest time of the meeting, as he finally got his testimonial meeting staged at the third time of asking following the disappointment of two postponements last year.

Former Comet James Wright was without question the surprise packet of the evening in what was his first meeting of the season.

Despite beginning the night with a 15-metre handicap for a starting offence he went on to pick up 9 points from his four remaining rides and claimed the final qualification place in the Grand Final on countback.

In the final James Wright then followed Rusty home while third-placed Kyle Howarth,the second highest qualifier with 11 points, saw his hopes of victory disappear as his machine started to splutter on the opening lap of the final.

But, without question the night deservedly belonged to Rusty Harrison.

Afterwards he said: "I am just so pleased with how tonight has gone, I couldn't have asked for more. Everybody put on a great show and all the hard work by everyone was worth it; I thank them all for all of their help and support.

“To end up winning the meeting was probably something I didn't expect but I felt good tonight and my bikes felt fast and it just all fell into place. After the postponements of last season the relief to finally get the meeting raced is huge and now I can re-focus and get on with the rest of the season with Workington.”

INDIVIDUAL SCORERS:
R.Harrison 3 3 3 3 3 =15
K.Howarth 1 2 3 3 2 =11
C.Henry 3 0 2 2 3 =10
J.Wright 0 2 3 1 3 =9
K.Smith 3 1 3 1 1 =9
N.Morris 2 2 2 0 3 =9
R.Schlein 1 3 0 3 1 =8
A.Summers 3 0 1 2 2 =8
H.Skidmore 2 1 2 2 1 =8
K.Hansen 2 2 1 R 2 =7
L.Bjerre 0 3 2 0 1 =6
L.Lindgren 1 1 0 3 0 =5
N.Barrett 1 3 0 1 0 =5
R.Wells 0 1 1 2 R =4
D.Bellego 2 0 1 0 F =3
D.Berge F 0 R 1 2 =3

HEAT DETAILS
1: Henry, Morris, Schlein, Wright (15m-starting offence), 65.9
2: Harrison, Skidmore, Lindgren, Bjerre, 65.4 - Fastest Time of the Night
3: Smith, Hansen, Barrett, Wells, 66.1
4: Summers, Bellego, Howarth, Berge (f), 65.6
5: Harrison, Wright, Wells, Bellego, 65.7
6: Bjerre, Howarth, Smith, Henry, 65.6
7: Barrett, Morris, Skidmore, Berge, 67.0
8: Schlein, Hansen, Lindgren, Summers, 66.1
9: Wright, Bjerre, Summers, Barrett, 67.2
10: Harrison, Henry, Hansen, Berge (ret), 67.6
11: Howarth, Morris, Wells, Lindgren, 66.7
12: Smith, Skidmore, Bellego, Schlein, 66.6
13: Howarth, Skidmore, Wright, Hansen (ret), 65.7
14: Lindgren, Henry, Barrett, Bellego, 66.6
15: Harrison, Summers, Smith, Morris, 66.4
16: Schlein, Wells, Berge, Bjerre (15m-2min), 66.2
17: Wright, Berge, Smith, Lindgren, 66.5
18: Henry, Summers, Skidmore, Wells (ret), 66.4
19: Morris, Hansen, Bjerre, Bellego (f), 66.7
20: Harrison, Howarth, Schlein, Barrett, 67.1
Grand Final: Harrison, Wright, Howarth, Henry (ret), 67.4
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Last Updated :  Tue 14 Apr 2015, 13:33 UK
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