Premier League News from our rivals!
Issued by the BSPA Press Office on Tuesday 7th June 2016.
BERWICK team manager Scott Courtney believes his side are finally reaching their potential after a big weekend on their travels.
The Bandits followed up a 52-39 win at Scunthorpe with a 45-45 draw at Rye house thanks to a final race 4-2 from Thomas Jorgensen and guest Michael Palm Toft.
Said Courtney: “These guys have really got going over the last week and shown how much they want to win things this season.”
EDINBURGH have announced the signing of Mark Riss – subject to BSPA approval.
The German, who is the elder brother of current Monarchs racer Erik, replaces Jye Etheridge who managed just nine points from 40 rides in a horrific spell for the Australian.
Boss John Campbell said: “As happened with Erik last year, I expect Mark to grow in confidence and points scoring as the season progresses although initially the challenge will be difficult.”
GLASGOW team manager Stewart Dickson believes their signing of Rene Bach sends out a message to their Premier League rivals.
The Tigers have snapped up the Dane to replace Cornishman Ben Barker who has since signed for Ipswich.
Said Dickson: “This is a statement of intent! We know we have no devine right to win everything but we'll do all we can to make us challengers; this move will strengthen the team!”
IPSWICH have released Lewis Kerr and moved quickly to sign Ben Barker following his departure from Glasgow.
It's a second change for the Witches in 2016 who recently brought in Oliver Greenwood to replace Darryl Ritchings at reserve.
Team manager Ritchie Hawkins said: “You know what you're going to get with Ben - 100 per cent commitment every race!
“As well as his points I believe his enthusiasm will be a good addition to our side of the pits.”
NEWCASTLE team manager George English says their League Cup exit has only made them more determined to achieve Premier League glory!
The Diamonds crashed out of the tournament after failing to win at struggling Redcar as they were held 45-45 by the Bears.
Said English: “It was a match we could have won even with our patchwork line-up.
“It's fair to say when it comes to the remaining competitions this season, we're going all out for success!”
PETERBOROUGH promoter Ged Rathbone has vowed to continue to help British youngster Tom Stokes progress in the sport.
Stokes was replaced at reserve after just one appearance for the Panthers by Czech racer Zdenek Holub.
Said Rathbone: “We will continue to work closely with Tom and guide him wherever in his development; he is someone who could well be a Peterborough rider again in the future.
PLYMOUTH boss Lee Trigger wants to ensure Somerset are eliminated from the League Cup when they go head-to-head at the St Boniface Arena on Friday.
The Devils will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start at home and all hope for their local rivals in the process.
Said Trigger: “For Somerset to win the group, they have to beat us and we will be there ready to put them out of the cup!”
REDCAR are now without a win in nine meetings – despite a couple of encouraging performances last week.
The Bears battled their way to an impressive 45-45 home draw against in-form Newcastle on Thursday before picking up a well deserved consolation league point at Somerset the following evening.
However, Jitendra Duffill's side could not extend their run and were beaten convincingly 61-32 at Ipswich on Saturday.
RYE HOUSE racer Kasper Lykke top scored for the Rockets as they were held to a 45-45 draw at home to Berwick.
The Dane shone at reserve for the hosts as he bagged 14 paid 17 from seven outings.
Said Lykke: “We've been working hard on the bikes and we tried different things which created a bit more speed; that combination worked for me!
“It was very annoying that we lost the win however a draw is better than nothing!”
SCUNTHORPE were dealt another huge blow when Andreas Lyager was forced to quit the club with immediate effect.
The Danish racer has to complete an apprenticeship with his current employer who is now unwilling to allow him time off work and school.
Said Lyager: “I do not have any choice; I need my education and [my employer] simply will not allow me to do it with so many days off.
“If I cannot race any more then I [need to] have an education to fall back on; I really want the best for Scunthorpe – I am so sorry.”
SHEFFIELD reserve Nathan Greaves insists he will keep plugging away to turn his career at the club around.
It's been a tough start to life with the Tigers for the youngster who suffered a broken leg in 2015.
Greaves told the Sheffield Star: “I've had a couple of good meetings which I'm trying to focus on; I need to be more consistent.
“It's a long season and I have plenty of time to turn things around so I'll just keep working hard and taking advice on board.”
SOMERSET boss Garry May is focusing on a win at local rivals Plymouth to progress to the semi-finals of the League Cup.
The Rebels team manager admits their task has been made slightly more difficult by the Devils' signing of Brady Kurtz but is taking inspiration from his side's previous encounters this season.
“Nobody thought that we would go to Peterborough, Ipswich and Workington and come away from those places with a win to our name, but we did, so anything is possible on the night!”
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