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Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 28th April 2015
FORMER Berwick rider Liam Carr got back on a bike for the first time in eight months over the weekend.
Carr was expected to miss the majority of the current 2015 season but after a successful rehabilitation period, he's now on the look out for a team place in the Premier or National Lagues.
“Everyone had predicted it would be 12 months before I could think about racing again but to finally get the all clear to start racing again was a massive boost,” said Carr.
“I haven't been put off at all and I feel that I am more than ready for the Premier League now than I was last season.
EDINBURGH have been rocked by the news that Erik Riss is set for a spell on the sidelines after breaking his collarbone.
The incident happened during a post-heat celebration that went wrong against Glasgow on Friday and the German rider was instantly in some discomfort.
Track medics passed him fit to continue, but after a trip to his local hospital on Monday, x-rays confirmed the break. Whilst he has been advised to take a month out of racing, Riss says he is desperate to ride in Friday's meeting against Scunthorpe.
GLASGOW favourite Dimitri Berge narrowly missed out on victory at the inaugural Peugeot Open on Sunday.
The Frenchman top scored from the qualifying heats with 11 points from four rides but Workington's Nicki Barrett pulled off an impressive move in the final to win the meeting.
Tigers co-promoter Colin Hamilton was pleased with how the meeting went. He said: “Dimitri did well – he won three of his four races to qualify put just got pipped in the final but it was a good standard of final.
“James Sarjeant crashed and went for a check-up; that was a bit of a downside but it was a decent meeting that showed different riders to what some of the fans would normally see.
IPSWICH closed the gap to just two points at the top of the Southern Group in the League Cup after a 55-38 victory against current leaders Rye House on Thursday.
The Witches have a meeting in hand and a win would see them qualify for the semi-finals of the competition.
But team manager Phil Hilton was pleased with his side's performance against the Rockets; particularly in the latter stages.
“A meeting of two halves really with us unable to shake them off in the first half but making it look a lot easier in the second half,” he said.
“Our reserves were key again with paid 21 points between them and Stefan Nielsen has improved so much this year already.”
NEWCASTLE boss George English was more than happy with his side's 48-41 home victory over Redcar on Sunday, but admits he was left “baffled” by some “strange” refereeing decisions.
The win kept hopes of a League Cup semi-final spot alive for the Diamonds in what was a solid team performance.
But English has questioned one of the new regulations that was introduced for the 2015 season. “I think that the no leaving the track rule has to be looked at because it can't work,” he said. “We are not at Grand Prix level where each rider has a team of mechanics to bring the bike out for him.
“We sometimes struggle to get seven mechanics for a whole meeting so I think the rule needs to be looked at.
“Whatever all of the implications of the things are I am in no doubt that we should have won the meeting by a bigger margin than we did.”
PETERBOROUGH moved to the top of the Premier League after a comprehensive 55-37 home victory against Rye House on Sunday.
The win was the perfect way to back up the four league points they picked up away at Redcar on Thursday and club captain Ulrich Ostergaard was delighted with his team's performance.
He said: “It was nice to see everyone in the points and it feels good to be a captain of a team capable of winning meetings by big scorelines.
“The atmosphere inside the club is really good; everyone is happy, getting on great and helping each other out.”
PLYMOUTH co-promoter Ashley Taylor believes the Devils could benefit from Ryan Fisher dropping down the club's averages when they kick in on Friday.
The new figures mean that Kyle Newman will replace the American as the clubs' No.1 and Taylor is hoping it will be a positive for his side.
“It could be to our advantage to have to opportunity of fitting Ryan in any position between two and five, especially if he is back to his true form,” he said.
“Ryan is confident he has found a solution to his problem and it will be a case of seeing what he can produce this week against his former club Peterborough.”
REDCAR boss Jitendra Duffill has hinted team changes may have to be made if results don't start improving.
Whilst the Bears put in much more encouraging performances on their travels over the weekend, narrowly missing out on a League Cup point at Newcastle and winning at Scunthorpe, it was the heavy home defeat against Peterborough that left Duffill “seething.”
He told the Gazette: “It was a poor performance that just highlighted the problems we have got and the cracks well and truly showed through.
“We've spoken to the promotion and they have accepted that we are too weak and that we really want to get our season back on track.”
RYE HOUSE have signed Dan Greenwood to replace Luke Bowen at reserve.
The 21-year-old impressed club bosses and is expected to make his debut in Thursday's Premier League trip to Redcar.
Rockets Team Manager John Sampford said: “We liked the look of him when he guested for us recently at Somerset – he had a great attitude and really got stuck in.
“He's scoring really well in the National League and he certainly deserves his chance at this level.”
SCUNTHORPE face a busy Bank Holiday weekend with three meetings in four days.
The Scorpions travel to Newcastle and Edinburgh before hosting the Monarchs on Monday.
Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “Our home meeting against Edinburgh is going to be a huge test. There have been some absolute belters between the two sides at the Eddie Wright Raceway over the years.
“But with a vocal crowd behind the team, I'm sure we can pull it off. We do need the three league points from that meeting.”
SHEFFIELD suffered their first defeat in 2015 at the hands of Somerset last Thursday.
The Tigers were rocked by the news that Simon Stead would miss the remainder of the season after a horrific crash at Rye House the previous week and were also missing David Bellego.
But the Owlerton outfit will be looking to get back on track and gain revenge when they travel to the Rebels on Friday but before that they host a strong-looking Ipswich side on Thursday.
Team manager Jack Lee said: “It was a shame our winning run had to come to an end but we'll bounce back and pick ourselves up in no time.
“We'll just have to lift our heads and try and make sure we are back to our best.”
SOMERSET open their 2015 Premier League home campaign against Sheffield on Friday – and will be boosted by their away victory against the Tigers last week.
The Rebels became the first team to defeat the Tigers in 2015 with a 47-43 win at Owlerton last Thursday.
But team manager Garry May has warned his side they will need to be at their best and can't afford to be complacent.
He said: “The boys rode superbly well to get that win at Sheffield last week but as the saying goes, there is nothing more dangerous than a wounded tiger so we will have to be on top form if we are to build on that away win by doing the double over them.”
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Last Updated : Tue 28 Apr 2015, 17:00 UK