Comets Missing Top Riders For Second Leg
Photo by Dave PayneSat 16 May 2015
The Comets go into tomorrow's second leg of the Travel Plus Tours Knockout Cup with a depleted side due to Kenneth Hansen being allowed to ride in Poland and Kyle Howarth sustaining an injury to his left knee during his heat 13 fall in tonight's meeting.
Luke Crang has been called in to replace Kenneth again as this is the only option the Comets management team has as Poland is not Kenneth's home country. We will operate Rider Replacement for Kyle which will mean Rene, Ricky, Matty, Nicki and Nathan are all eligible to take his rides.
The Comets management have been in negotiation with Kenneth's Polish team Krakow all of this week when they requested him to ride tomorrow as they are themselves depleted by injuries. The FIM implemented a rule during the winter to try and resolve disputes when there were clashes of fixtures; this rule states that if it is the original fixture (i.e. in the first draft of the International Fixture List) then the club that the rider has been riding for longer on a continuous basis would take priority. Otherwise if it was a re-scheduled fixture then the original fixture takes priority.
In allowing Kenneth to ride for Krakow tomorrow the Comets management have negotiated away any future issues by getting a written commitment from Krakow that they will not call on his services again when he is riding for Workington, this currently means 2 fixtures but could mean more by the end of the season.
The whole issue of rider availability is a current problem that British Speedway has, i.e. there aren't enough riders, therefore top riders, such as Kenneth, who ride in other countries, have to be used. Kenneth would tell you himself he would prefer to ride for Workington and if he hadn't signed a contract committing him to ride elsewhere would ride every Comets meeting.
The Comets take a 12 point lead to Rye House tomorrow and it would be a huge effort from the riders to move into the next round where they would most likely meet Ipswich, who must start as favourites ahead of their home leg against Berwick.
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Last Updated : Sun 17 May 2015, 01:37 UK