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A disappointing night at the PL Pairs
Photo by Adrian Randall
Sat 04 Jul 2015 by Comets Press Office
Comets miss out on semi-finals while Ipswich claim their first PL Pairs title.
The Comets had a disappointing night at the PL Pairs at Somerset last night when they failed to reach the semi-final stage in what was a very tight group, finishing just two points off a qualification place, while Ipswich went on to win the title for the first time as they defeated host club Somerset in the Grand Final.

The Comets finished their four qualifying rides with 16 points, with 13 of those coming from Kyle Howarth and 3 from Ricky Wells, who struggled to get amongst the points all night, with his usual quick starts not working for him on this occasion.

Afterwards Comets manager Tony Jackson said: “It was a disappointing night but right up until our last ride the opportunity to progress was in in our own hands; if we had out-scored Berwick by a margin of 6-3, under the 4,3,2,0 points scoring system used for this competition, we would have progressed, however it wasn't to be.

"We certainly didn't miss out on a place in the semi-finals through a lack of effort. Kyle had an excellent night, but Ricky was very disappointed with his performance as he just could not get out of the gate tonight, and in this sort of company that was so very important; he's pretty gutted about the whole thing to be honest.

“Ricky's barely had an off-night all season and his away form has been terrific, but tonight it just wasn't to be despite having his bike in bits after every race and making plenty of changes to his set-up.

"However, fair play to eventual winners Ipswich, they really were the best pairing on show, although even they had some good fortune on the night when Rohan Tungate was a first bend faller in his opening ride but was put back in for the re-run. On another day he may have been excluded, but that's how it goes sometimes.

“Then, in the Grand Final, Somerset's Brady Kurtz ran wide and fell on the first bend, and he was excluded; which meant that as long as both Ipswich riders completed the race they were the Pairs champions.”

The Comets qualifying group was won by Somerset with 22 points, with Redcar finishing second on 18 points, while the other qualifying group was won by Ipswich (24) ahead of Peterborough (23), with Ipswich going on to defeat Redcar in the first semi-final and Somerset getting the better of Peterborough in the second semi-final.
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