UK NEWS - 28 July, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

PLYMOUTH produced a sound all-round team performance to secure their third successive home win when they beat Somerset 54-40 in Saturday’s Premier League match at the St Boniface Arena.
In-form Kyle Newman scored a paid maximum from his four rides and reserve Sam Simota suffered only a couple of defeats on his way to a top score of 14 (paid 15) from six outings.
Devils team manager Lee Trigger said: “It was a great display from our side, especially to bounce back from what had been a disappointing defeat away to Somerset the previous evening.
“In fact, I felt the final score did not do justice to our performance. We were leading by 18 points with five heats remaining, but let things slip in the final races.”
Rebels boss Garry May said: “Unfortunately we never really got going and with Plymouth hitting us hard from the off, we left ourselves far too much to do come the latter stages of the match.
“The boys are bitterly disappointed and frustrated by the way things went as they were looking to pick up some away points to move the team further up the table.”

WORKINGTON boss Tony Jackson has called on his team to bounce back from last week’s disappointment when they host Sheffield in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Comets took just point from a recent defeat at Redcar despite holding a convincing early lead, and were then well beaten at Edinburgh.
Jackson said: “Naturally all the team were bitterly disappointed about Thursday’s match at Redcar while Friday was another of our poor Edinburgh performances, although worse than the last few visits we have made.
“We wish we knew why we struggled at Edinburgh. Yes they are a good side, especially on their own circuit, but nevertheless we should do better than we do when we go there.”
Both the Comets and the Tigers are forced into changes due to injuries and unavailability, and former Workington No.1 Richard Lawson stands in for Sheffield in place of World Cup rider Simon Stead.
Tigers boss Joe Screen said: “We need to pick up a few points on the road if we are going to climb up the table and I feel sure we can run Workington close if not win there.”
Glasgow expect to have French youngster Dimitri Berge back in the side after three months out when they host Berwick at Ashfield – with the Bandits holding a play-off place despite being frustrated again by the weather as Saturday’s home clash with Rye House was washed out.
Glasgow boss Stewart Dickson said: “Hopefully, we will have all seven riders back on track this week against Berwick, who are a good side, so that'll be interesting.”
Meanwhile Rye House’s Northern tour has been reduced to one match after the Berwick call-off, and they now head for Newcastle looking for points to move off the foot of the table.
Rockets boss John Sampford said: “The Diamonds have had their problems this year, and they will be without Danny King because of his World Cup commitments. We’ll be there to go for it, and I hope that the new guys (Anders Mellgren and Oliver Greenwood) can hit the ground running by scoring good points.”
In the National Trophy, Leicester host Mildenhall in a key fixture with the Fen Tigers four points ahead of the Lion Cubs but having raced one more match, whilst the East Midlands side also visit Kent on Monday.
Leicester boss David Howard said: “It is vital that we win both meetings, and our target is to collect all seven match points which will then place ourselves in a good position. Like us, the Mildenhall team contains riders with Elite League experience, but I am confident that we will rise to the occasion.”
Meanwhile Eastbourne host a bumper afternoon of speedway at Arlington with a 40-race programme in the fourth round of the British Youth Championships – and all admission is free.
Luke Harris leads the 500cc class with Lewis Whitmore in front at 250cc level heading into the latest event, and the meeting also includes Kelsey Dugard – son of Eagles legend Martin.


SWC NEWS - 27 July, 2014
Story by FIM Speedway Grand Prix

Triumphant Team Great Britain boss Alun Rossiter was delighted to see his side silence their doubters as the Lions roared into their first Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup Final since 2010.

Team GB triumphed on 44 points in Event 1 at King’s Lynn tonight, seeing off a spirited challenge from the USA, who finished second on 37. Luckless Australia were third on 36, while Italy were eliminated from the competition after finishing fourth on 10.

The Lions join hosts Poland in the Monster Energy SWC Final Bydgoszcz on Saturday, while the USA and Australia contest the Race Off at the ZKS Polonia Stadium on Thursday, where they meet the second and third-placed sides from Event 2 at Vastervik on Tuesday.

Rossiter went into the tournament riled by those who put his riders down and doubted their chances of victory. So he was elated to see Tai Woffinden (12), Danny King (11), Chris Harris (11) and Simon Stead (10) all rack up double-figure returns and give him the perfect start to his reign as national team manager.

He said: “We’ve got to be happy with our first Final since 2010. I genuinely believed and I always said we could win it. I said from day one that this wasn’t a dream – it was do-able.

“I just wanted to give the boys a bit of belief because everyone keeps putting them down. They proved everyone wrong.

“People were saying Steady shouldn’t be in it or Danny King or Bomber. They said it should be Tai Woffinden and a load of youngsters. But these lads showed what they could do for me.”

Pre-meeting favourites Australia were beset by bad luck and suffered two engine failures and three exclusions in an event where the margin for error is always slim.

The epitome of their misfortune was FIM Speedway Grand Prix star Darcy Ward’s exclusion when he stopped after he thought he saw a red light on the fourth bend in heat 18.

But Rosco says the Aussies’ bad luck didn’t hand the meeting to his team on a plate.

He said: “Some will probably say I was lucky or something like that! But we were in front when everything was going wrong for Australia.”

Asked what he feels his side can achieve in the Final, Rosco refrained from putting any pressure on his charges. He said: “Anything is a bonus now. Nobody gave us a cat in hell’s chance and they all thought we were just going to the Race Off. So let’s just go and enjoy that Final.”

Double world champion Greg Hancock scored over half of the USA’s 37 points with a colossal haul of 19. But the American dream was boosted by a sensational nine points from FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship finalist Gino Manzares, five from Ricky Wells and four from debutant Max Ruml.

USA boss Billy Hamill was delighted to pip Australia to second place as his young team exacted a small measure of revenge for the Roos’ triumph over them at last year’s Race Off in Prague.

He said: “It really doesn’t mean anything as far as the competition goes, but it’s a pretty big feather in our cap. We just lost out to the Australians in Prague last year. We ran them pretty tough. So I’m extremely happy to get a result today.

“The young kids I took a gamble on definitely repaid my faith in them. I’m very happy.

“We’ve got a really good chemistry with Greg as captain, inspiring these young kids. Everyone is a pleasure to work with. It’s such an exciting time for American speedway.”

Aussie team manager Mark Lemon hopes to have 2012 world champion Chris Holder back in his side for the Race Off after he was forced to withdraw from the King’s Lynn round.

Holder has been sidelined with a broken wrist and fractured neck since June 20, but Lemon is confident he will return for what he knows will be a tough fight for the last berth in Saturday’s Final on Thursday night. He said: “A lot depends on Chris and his fitness. He’s feeling pretty optimistic he’s going to be fine. So we go to the Race Off with the expectation that we have Chris in the team.

“If you recall 12 months ago, the Americans pushed us very hard in the Race Off and we only just got away with a win last year. The Race Off is a gamble; it always has been. It’s a risk we would have quite honestly chosen not to take. But we’re there. Let’s go race!”

The Monster Energy SWC moves to Sweden next when the host nation meets Denmark, Latvia and the Czech Republic at Vastervik on Tuesday.

TEAM GREAT BRITAIN 44: 1 Tai Woffinden 12, 2 Danny King 11, 3 Chris Harris 11, 4 Simon Stead 10.
USA 37: 1 Greg Hancock 19, 2 Gino Manzares 9, 3 Max Ruml 4, 4 Ricky Wells 5.
AUSTRALIA 36: 1 Darcy Ward 6, 2 Jason Doyle 15, 3 Troy Batchelor 14, 4 Cameron Woodward 1.
ITALY 10: 1 Mattia Carpanese 1, 2 Nicolas Vicentin 0, 3 Michele Paco Castagna 2, 4 Nicolas Covatti 7.


UK NEWS - 26 July, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

SHEFFIELD edged out Peterborough 46-44 in a close Premier League contest at Owlerton which went down to a last-heat decider.
Tigers skipper Simon Stead pulled off a vital Heat 15 pass on opposite number Ulrich Ostergaard to ensure the Tigers could not claim the 5-1 they needed to force a draw.
Stead scored 12 for the home side with reserve Taylor Poole adding 12+1 as they overcame their rider absences, whilst Lasse Bjerre (14) and Ostergaard (13) dominated the visitors’ scoring.
Stead said: “We knew we were in for a really tough test against Peterborough, and that is exactly what we got.
“They are full of proven big-track riders so it was a great effort to get the win. I know we dropped a point, but we are happy with the victory.”
Panthers boss Carl Johnson said: “In one way I’m pleased to put another away point on the board, but I’m also disappointed not to end up with more.
“We really wanted to follow up the great win against Edinburgh at the weekend with another victory, but we had two-or-three riders not on song and that’s why we came up just short in the end.”
Ipswich completed hat-trick of home wins over Somerset this season with an impressive 57-35 victory at Foxhall to retain their second position in the table.
Rohan Tungate (12) and Gino Manzares (10+2) headed the scoring for the Witches, with Pontus Aspgren on 8+1 for the Rebels, leaving visiting boss Garry May unhappy.
May said: “It was a disappointing defeat. We were on the back foot from early on and as a result we never really got ourselves into the match, paying the price for generally being second best away from the gate.”
Meanwhile Redcar secured maximum points over Scunthorpe with a 50-40 win at the South Tees Motorsports Park, to move to within one point of the play-off places.
Richard Lawson (11+2) and Aaron Summers (11+1) led the way for the Bears with high-scoring reserve Thomas Jorgensen collecting 14+1 for the Scorpions and David Howe on 12.

SCUNTHORPE promoter Rob Godfrey is targeting revenge over Redcar as the sides meet at the Eddie Wright Raceway.
The Scorpions were defeated 40-50 when they visited Teesside on Thursday and Godfrey says it is vital for his third-placed side to hit back immediately.
Godfrey said: “We wanted a point at least out of yesterday’s meeting, but it was not to be. Our attention quickly switches to the home meeting tonight. Redcar took all three points off us yesterday, and we need to return the compliment.
“Redcar are no slouches around our place, with a couple of former Scorpions in the shape of Wilko (Carl Wilkinson) and Jan Graversen in their line-up, and we need a vocal crowd getting behind our lads.”
Somerset go into home and away matches against West Country rivals Plymouth as they welcome the Devils to the Oaktree Arena with boss Garry May keen to gain ground on the top three after losing at Ipswich last night.
May said: “What we need to do now is to re-group quickly as we have back-to-back matches against Plymouth over the course of the next two nights and the best tonic will be picking up all three league points against the Devils at the Oaktree Arena together with some away league points from Saturday night’s return fixture in Devon.”
Devils co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “The two teams may be at opposite ends of the league, but you can always expect a keenly contested meeting between the sides.”
In the Knockout Cup, Edinburgh bid to pull back a 12-point margin against Berwick after their 39-51 defeat at Shielfield Park on Wednesday.
The Bandits are without star reserve Matej Kus for the trip to Armadale due to a Czech League fixture, with Nathan Greaves booked to replace him.
Coventry stage a double-header at National League level at Brandon, with Buxton visiting in the KO Cup followed by a league match between the Storm and King’s Lynn.
Coventry boss Laurence Rogers said: “It’s been an age since our last Storm home meeting back on May 16, and it’s going to be a big test of machinery and fitness. It will be good to have Luke (Priest) in, we didn’t want to be using rider-replacement especially in a double-header, and hopefully he’ll have a good debut.”
Buxton reserve Adam Extance said: “I’m really looking forward to it. I love riding and hate it when we have big gaps between meetings. I’ve never ridden Brandon before but from what I’ve heard it will suit me.”
Meanwhile Essex take on Kent at Purfleet, with Lakeside staging the event racing under their old Arena-Essex name – and co-promoter Jon Cook says it could be the forerunner to more regular National League level action.
Cook said: “Local pride is obviously on the line but there's a lot on this meeting as we gauge whether a full National League team is a possibility to add to our Academy programme as another step in ultimately building a home grown first team.”

GREAT Britain boss Alun Rossiter insists a win in tonight’s World Cup opener at King’s Lynn and an automatic place in the Final is a realistic target.
Rossiter’s team face Australia, America and Italy at the Norfolk Arena, with the victors progressing to Bydgoszcz next Saturday and the second and third placed teams also going to Poland for the Race-Off on Thursday.
And Rossiter feels his quartet of Tai Woffinden, Chris Harris, Danny King and Simon Stead have what it takes – especially with the backing of the crowd.
He said: “I don’t want to put the boys under any unnecessary pressure, but as far as I’m concerned it is not unrealistic to think we can win on Saturday.
“We should be full of confidence on home soil. We certainly won’t be thinking about finishing second or third because that creates the wrong mindset.
“I’ve never experienced the atmosphere at King’s Lynn on World Cup night in person before and I can’t wait to sample it. It always looks terrific on TV and I feel sure the backing of a partisan crowd can give us an extra edge.”

SOMERSET maintained their powerful home Premier League record with a comprehensive 58-34 win over local rivals Plymouth at the Oaktree Arena.
The victory made it maximum points from six home matches for the Rebels, despite the Devils holding the margin to four points on the night after the first six races.
Somerset boss Garry May said: “It showed the character of the boys in the way they bounced back from (Thursday’s) disappointing defeat at Ipswich. After a slowish start we moved it up another gear and were just too good for Plymouth to contend with, though in saying that there was some great action out there to entertain the fans.”
Meanwhile Scunthorpe were 54-39 winners over Redcar at the Eddie Wright Raceway with Ryan Douglas piling up a 17-point haul for the home side, whilst Hugh Skidmore collected 9+1 for the Bears.
The result moves the Scorpions back level on points with second-placed Ipswich, whilst Redcar are left one point outside the play-off places although several rivals have matches in hand.
Edinburgh are emphatically through to the semi-finals of the Knockout Cup with a 67-23 demolition of Berwick at Armadale.
The Monarchs quickly turned around their 12-point deficit from the first leg and there were paid maximums for Sam Masters and Craig Cook.
Edinburgh boss Alex Harkess said: “I wasn’t happy with how things went in the first leg on Wednesday and I drummed it in to the boys that we must attack from the start tonight and pile up as many points as we could get. They didn’t let me down.”
Berwick manager John Anderson said: “We know we don’t go well here, but that’s no excuse as generally we were terrible and Edinburgh thoroughly deserved their semi-final place. We have got to lay the ghost of Armadale soon as we really are not that bad a side, but the lads possibly come here now hearing all the folklore and start to believe they’re defeated before they hit the track.”
Stefan Nielsen won eight races out of eight at Brandon as Coventry Storm advanced to the National League KO Cup semi-finals and also secured maximum league points against King’s Lynn.
The home side defeated Buxton 60-34 in the Cup, with veteran Tony Atkin scoring 15 for the visitors, whilst in the league the Storm beat the Young Stars 47-37 in a match curtailed one race early due to the curfew.
Coventry boss Laurence Rogers said: “We made a bit hard work of the second meeting, whether tiredness crept in and we also had a few bike problems, but all credit to King’s Lynn for pushing us hard, and our boys came through in the end. Two maximums for Stef was a brilliant performance, and well done to all the boys.”
Atkin said: “I’m enjoying my speedway this year and the bikes are going well – I particularly enjoyed the victory in heat 15.”

BERWICK are keen to enhance their push for a Premier League play-off place in Saturday’s home meeting with Rye House.
The Bandits were eliminated from the Knockout Cup at Edinburgh on Friday and now turn their attentions firmly back to league competition.
Bandits co-promoter Ryan Anderson said: “We are firmly in the top six in the Premier League standings, with some matches in hand. This is ultra-important, and only the top half-dozen at the end of term will qualify for the play-offs to decide the Premier League championship. We’re in that top six, and we aim to stay there.”
The Rockets go into their Northern tour, which also includes a trip to Newcastle on Sunday, without Luke Bowen who is missing due to a family bereavement.
Boss John Sampford said: “While we haven’t achieved a positive result at Shielfield Park in a long time, we have come very close in recent years. Clearly, we will be targeting the win, but we will also consider it a successful night if we can come away with a match point.”
Plymouth and Somerset reconvene at the St Boniface Arena for the second of back-to-back fixtures between the clubs, with the Rebels having won on Friday but the Devils returning to full strength tonight.
Plymouth co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “We will be looking to take all three points this time around to continue climbing away from the bottom of the table.
“We owe it to our supporters to do everything possible to finish the season on a strong note. The play-offs may be out of reach but our aim is to finish as high up the table as possible.”
Somerset boss Garry May said: “I would expect Plymouth to be a totally different proposition when we head down to their place, but hopefully we’ll come back with some league points to our name.”


UK NEWS - 25 July, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

POOLE got the better of Elite League leaders King’s Lynn with a 48-42 victory in an enthralling contest at Wimborne Road on Wednesday.
The Stars clawed back the Pirates’ 24-18 lead and went four points up with a 5-1 from Robert Lambert and Niels-Kristian Iversen over Polish duo Przemyslaw Pawlicki and Maciej Janowski in Heat 11.
But the home side fought back and moved back ahead with Vaclav Milik and key reserve Kyle Newman taking maximum points over Lambert and Lewis Rose in the penultimate race.
Iversen was then disqualified from Heat 15 for bringing down Milik on the second bend, and the resulting Poole 5-1 confirmed their victory, although the Stars still took a league point.
Newman said: “It was good to be getting some big points again and doing my bit to really help the side.
“They are a very good side so having picked up the win is a good feeling even though we didn't get all the points. I haven't been feeling 100 per cent myself with a bout of flu so you have to be happy with paid 13.”
Berwick will take a 12-point lead to Edinburgh for the second leg of their Premier League Knockout Cup tie on Friday after becoming the second side this season to defeat the Monarchs.
The Bandits won 51-39 at Shielfield Park with Matej Kus piling up 17-points at reserve, whilst Monarchs No.1 Craig Cook top-scored on nine, turning his night around with important wins in Heats 13 and 15.
Berwick boss John Anderson said: “It was great to see how well the Bandits handled these powerful Monarchs and proved what a classy side we really do have, but we know on Friday up at Edinburgh it will be a different kettle of fish and a far tougher match.”
Edinburgh boss Alex Harkess said: “Berwick deserved to win, we had to fight hard to keep the score down, but I’m confident we can overturn the deficit on Friday.”

REDCAR and Scunthorpe face home and away Premier League clashes this week with both clubs stressing the importance of the fixtures.
The Bears stage the first meeting on Thursday before the teams return to the Eddie Wright Raceway tomorrow, with Redcar looking to bridge the four-point gap to the play-off places – whilst Scunthorpe could establish themselves in second place with positive results.
Bears boss Jitendra Duffill said: “We have started the last two meetings worryingly slowly and its something that we need to rectify quickly. For one reason or another we have been slow off the mark all year and we cannot blame it on track conditions as track preparation has been good.
“We should be getting dialled in much earlier than the away teams and this will be addressed during the next of our regular team talks.”
Scunthorpe boss Dave Peet said: “In our last three or four home meetings we have been very dominant, and that has been very pleasing to see. 
“But if we’re going to turn into real contenders in the Premier League, we need some consistency in our away performances as well. We need to take the confidence built up by our recent home performances, take that in our away meetings, and start performing on the away tracks as well.”
Ipswich currently hold second place, albeit having ridden more matches than their rivals, as Somerset visit Foxhall looking to erase the memories of the Knockout Cup clash between the clubs.
The Rebels, who are fourth in the table, lost by 40-points on that occasion and now want to make a good start to a busy period of six matches in eleven days.
Manager Garry May said: “It would be true to say that was not one of our better nights, but that is now consigned to the history books and we will be looking to put in a better performance come Thursday night’s match.”
Meanwhile Sheffield have three riders on the sidelines as they host Peterborough at Owlerton, with Sam Masters and Tom Perry coming in for Leigh Lanham and Josh Bates whilst the rider-replacement facility is in operation for Ty Proctor – whilst the Panthers continue to utilise r/r for Ryan Fisher.
Sheffield skipper Simon Stead said: “This is one meeting I am desperate for us to win. I love riding for my home town club and I want to go into the World Cup with a good performance under my belt for Sheffield.
“We've got a tough task on our hands but we will be up for it and hopefully we can get all three points.”
Panthers boss Carl Johnson said: “It is vital we kick on from the result against Edinburgh and we’re going to Sheffield with the aim of picking up all four points. We will be in bullish mood and Owlerton is a big, fast track that should suit our lads.”

GLASGOW will welcome back French youngster Dimitri Berge in time for their home clash with Berwick on Sunday.
Berge has been out of action for three months after a frightening crash in the Tigers’ home match against Peterborough in April, and he has been recuperating in his home country.
Berge said: “I'm so happy and excited to be coming back. The crash was horrible. It was the first time it had happened to me and it was really hard mentally.
“But I'm good - I have no pain or anything now. A rider always needs supporting fans, and that was the case for me. I want to say thanks to them.”

ADAM Skornicki has been ruled out of racing for the rest of the season after his crash at Birmingham in May.
Wolves asset Skornicki fell heavily in the Brummies’ home match against King’s Lynn having made a good start to his year on-loan at Perry Barr, and since Birmingham’s closure he has been keeping in contact with his parent club.
Wolves promoter Chris Van Straaten said: “Adam went to see a specialist with the hope if being given the all-clear. But a dislocated hip can be complicated and he's likely to be on crutches until October to keep as much weight off the hip as possible.
“It's a shame for him because he was looking to race, and no doubt some people have put two and two together and come up with five! I'm sure all Wolverhampton and Birmingham supporters wish him well.”


SGP NEWS - 24 July, 2014
Story by FIM Speedway Grand Prix

Now he believes it’s his time to impress on Monster Energy SWC stage along with his fellow Aussie stars as they bid to top the rostrum at the Norfolk Arena and reach the Final at Bydgoszcz on August 2.

He said: “It’s my time to shine. I’m not getting any younger, so I think it’s my time to go forward in my career. It’s good to be racing the top boys in the world all over Europe and hopefully it gives me a little bit of an advantage. I’ll go to King’s Lynn and know what I’m up against.

“I’m really looking forward to riding for Australia. It’s another goal for the season I’ve ticked off. Everything is going well.

“Riding for your country is a massive privilege for any speedway rider. I just want to score big points. I know when I go into every race that I’m riding for my country and I’m riding for the boys.

“If I can go there and score a good amount of points to get us straight into the Final, I’ll be happy. After debuting last year, I know exactly what to expect. It was a massive learning curve. This year I can hopefully do better.

“All of the Aussie boys like going around Lynn. It’s a good race track. It’s very even for everyone. We’ve got a good chance to make it straight through to the Final and hopefully we can. We’ve all ridden the track at Bydgoszcz, so hopefully we can have a good meeting there too.”

The current crop of Aussie stars are being tipped for gold in the coming years, and Doyle is delighted to be part of such a talented generation of riders, which is rapidly filling the void left by triple world champ Jason Crump and Leigh Adams’ retirement from racing.

He said: “It kind of worked out well that we had a good bunch of kids growing up together with Chris and Troy in my age group and Darcy coming along a little bit later. It’s great for Australian speedway. It’s great that these young boys came through after Jason and Leigh left.”


UK NEWS - 24 July, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

CRADLEY moved eleven points clear at the top of the National League table with a 57-35 win over third-placed Coventry at Monmore Green.
Skipper Paul Starke scored a 15-point maximum for the Heathens and also lowered his own track record, with Steve Worrall adding 10+2, whilst Stefan Nielsen scored 15 for the Storm – who trailed by ten points with three heats to go, only for the home side to finish with three 5-1s.
Cradley boss Will Pottinger said: “We've got to be happy with a victory by a 22 point margin; it was another great result.
“We are a little disappointed by the fact it could have easily been more to be honest. We threw away some silly points but fortunately it didn't cost us in the end and hopefully it won't happen again.”
Coventry manager Laurence Rogers said: “There just weren't enough heat winners tonight, and there were too many last places as well. The Cradley boys are on song at the moment, and they are all riding in different leagues as well which I think made a bit of a difference as a few of our boys hadn't ridden for a few weeks.
“Full credit to them, they put one over on us and got revenge for us beating them earlier in the season.”

POOLE promoter Matt Ford is expecting a tight scrap for Elite League play-off places – as runaway leaders King’s Lynn visit Wimborne Road on Wednesday.
The Stars snatched a dramatic last heat victory on their previous trip to Dorset this season, and currently head Lakeside by 14-points in the table with the Pirates in third place.
Ford said: “We need the points to consolidate our play-off position, especially after both Lakeside and Swindon won away on Monday night, Eastbourne are finding some form and Coventry are hovering around the zone.
“Whilst King's Lynn looked nailed on for top spot it's clear it is going to get quite fraught for the other places.”
Meanwhile Berwick are hoping to follow on from Peterborough’s example last weekend by taking a win over Edinburgh as the sides meet at Shielfield Park in the first leg of their KO Cup tie.
The Monarchs’ amazing unbeaten run finally came to an end at the Showground on Sunday, the day after the planned staging of their visit to the Bandits was postponed.
Berwick boss John Anderson said: “We will have one big bonus in that we will hopefully be at full strength for this midweek re-run, with our French star David Bellego available again following his return from the World U-21 Final in Italy.
“However, at Newcastle on Sunday, in a fraught Heat 11 Claus Vissing tweaked the knee he had previously twisted at Somerset in the Pairs Championship, but is fighting to get fit and hoping to be racing, and beating, these 'vincible' Monarchs.”

SHEFFIELD have confirmed they will be without skipper Simon Stead throughout the duration of the World Cup – even when meetings don’t clash.
The Tigers race four times during the period of the international competition, with Stead selected in manager Alun Rossiter’s starting line-up for the opening event at King’s Lynn on Saturday. Redcar’s Richard Lawson will guest for Sheffield in all four meetings.
Sheffield co-promoter Damien Bates said: “This is obviously a massive shame for us, especially as we are without Simon for our meeting live on Sky which is a showcase event for us. But it's good for the club and good for the city of Sheffield in general to have a rider representing GB in the World Cup.
“And in Richard we have brought in a terrific rider, our thanks go to him and we look forward to seeing him in Sheffield colours over the four meetings.”

PETERBOROUGH have announced businessman Ged Rathbone is to join the club’s hierarchy as a co-promoter.
Middlesbrough-based Rathbone is the main sponsor of Panthers skipper Ulrich Ostergaard and he will team up with fellow promoter Trevor Swales and club chief Mick Horton.
Rathbone said: “I’ve never failed at anything I’ve done and I don’t intend to start now. We have a brilliant bunch of lads at Peterborough and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into a bit of hard graft with Mick and the rest of the management team.
“I’m very keen to start running training schools and try to bring through our own youngsters over time, but in the short-term it is about doing what I can to help out on a day-to-day basis.


GENERAL NEWS - 23 July, 2014
Story by Gillman Media

regained the lead and won easily as Riordan was unable to pass Grech until the end of lap three. After looking the winner at one stage, Grech finished four after Western Australian Declan Knowles also passed Grech on the last lap. Knowles early beat Jaimon Lidsey, Jack Sylvia and Matthew Marson in the semi-final.

The 500cc Solos saw Jack Fallon and Brodie Waters share the honours in the heats with 11 points each, both only dropping a point to each other, but Seth Hickey was the surprise winner in the final after Fallon and Waters both made mistakes. Fallon was the first to go, falling on the second lap while running second to Waters. In the rerun without Fallon, Waters was well in front but hit the fence in turn four on lap three. The heavy dirt near the fence pulled him into the fence and then he rode along the fence pulling of some sponsor banners. Somehow he managed to stay on the bike, although he almost came to a stop and was passed by Hickey. Once he had regained control he set after Hickey but was dragging a sponsor banner which was hooked onto the right hand side footrest, and Hickey won comfortably from Waters, Gary Fischer and newcomer Matthew Flay.

The feature Sidecar class was the Group 1 Sidecars and that class saw an easy win for former World Champions Mick Headland/Jesse Headland. The Headlands dropped 3 points in the heats through a retirement (while leading) but were never challenged throughout the day. The final was an anti-climax after Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear lifted on the way to the first turn and the other two riders, Chris Dess/Emily Seymour and Tim Bichard/Dale Knights, slowed expecting a restart which never eventuated. That left Headland, Niesche and Dess well spread out, while Bichard actually went straight to the infield where he collapsed and required medical treatment. It was later revealed he had dislocated his knee when his foot was caught in Dess’ fairing in the first bend melee, and then to compound matters when he collapsed the bike landed on his little finger and broke it. Bichard had earlier beaten Victorians Mark Radford/Chris Walker in one of the closest races of the day to win the semi-final.

The Group 2 Sidecars produced some close racing between all four riders but it was second year rider Dean Hobbs/Andy Westover who was the clear star, finishing with three wins after a first race retirement.

There was also four classes of Classic Sidecars on the programme, which some close races mixed with quite a few engine failures.

The most successful of the Classic riders was Dale Milner/Nick O’Brien who was unbeaten in both the British/European/American class, and the Japanese class. Despite his unbeaten run in the Japanese class it was one of the closest classes of the day with Milner, Rodney Gebhart/Jackson McLean, Adon Pearce/Jason Whitfield and Darcy Risstrom/Jesse Headland all riding well.

Milner also figured prominently in the Evolution class but had to play second-fiddle to Paul Donnelly/Jake Roberts in all four heats.

The Post Classic class was disappointing with mechanical problems seeing four of the five bikes fail to front for the last race. Clinton Crabb/Matt Morgan, who were one of the teams to drop out, had previously won their first three starts.

The other class of racing was Dirt Track/MX Solo class which was dominated by Logan Coombe, Luke Mitchell and Kane Turner. Broken Hill’s Coombe was unbeaten in the heats while Mitchell and Turner both dropped just one point each to Coombe, and they finished in that order in the 10 lap final.

The star rider of the 125cc Junior Solo races was Brayden McGuinness who was unbeaten in the Group 1 races. The junior Solos look set for their best season for quite some years with increased numbers and a good crop of novice riders.

The next track action at Gillman will be the regular monthly practice morning on Sunday, 3 August, followed by the second winter meeting on Saturday afternoon, 13 September.


SGP NEWS - 23 July, 2014
Story by FIM Speedway Grand Prix

Lemon would love to see his talisman back alongside Darcy Ward, Troy Batchelor and Jason Doyle.

But he is certain first reserve Cameron Woodward, who made a useful Monster Energy SWC debut last season, will offer competent cover if called up against Team Great Britain, the USA and Italy.

Lemon said: “There are always question marks and different situations that could pan out because of the situation we have with Chris.

“It’s a concern to me and the rider. Coming back from a busted wrist and a fractured neck is never ideal. But Chris is doing everything to get fit because he wants to get back racing in the leagues, let alone the World Cup. He is quite passionate about it.

“He missed the World Cup last year with a big injury and he doesn’t really want to miss two. I’m giving him as much time and scope to be ready without putting on any added pressure. He’s keen for it.

“The line-up is the line-up we have for Saturday. But if I don’t see Chris as fit enough, I’m not opposed to bringing someone else in.

“Our fifth rider that will be travelling to King’s Lynn is Cameron. He had a sterling World Cup campaign last year and came of age. His experience at world level is there to be seen with his World Longtrack Championship stuff.

“His speedway is pretty important to him too and his form has been good in Poland. There are other riders who could have come into that fifth position, but Cameron is in the GP Challenge. He’s five races from becoming a GP rider and had an amazing Race Off in Czestochowa.”


UK NEWS - 23 July, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

EIGHT clubs will do battle at Peterborough on Sunday August 3 with the prestigious Premier League Fours title on offer.
The event is one of the most popular on the domestic calendar with a bumper 28-race programme on the agenda at the Showground.
Edinburgh triumphed last year in a remarkably close contest, with a single point separating three teams going into the deciding race of the Final.
Claus Vissing was the Monarchs’ hero as they secured their first Fours title since 1993, the Dane winning the crucial Heat 12, but Vissing will this year be amongst the Berwick line-up – with the Bandits having an excellent recent record in the event.
The Monarchs and the Bandits are both drawn in Group 2 along with Workington, who secured back-to-back triumphs in 2008-09, and Redcar, who recently took a notable 45-45 draw in a Premier League contest at the Showground.
Peterborough are back in the event for the first time since 1998, when they were victorious on home shale, with the Panthers having made their return to the Premier League this year.
The Panthers are joined in Group 1 by Newcastle, whose line-up includes Showground specialist Danny King, who rode for Peterborough in the Elite League and secured a Premier League team place with the Diamonds earlier this season.
The group also includes Somerset and Scunthorpe, who are both riding high in the league at this stage and will also be confident of taking one of the two qualifying places for the Final.
The meeting gets underway at 2.30pm on August 3, with gates at the Showground opening at midday.
GROUP 1: Newcaste, Somerset, Peterborough, Scunthorpe.
GROUP 2: Edinburgh, Workington, Redcar, Berwick.

KYLE Bickley retained his British 125cc Championship title with an unbeaten performance at Peterborough.
The reigning champion triumphed in each of his four heats before speeding clear in the Final. Harry McGurk, unbeaten until facing Bickley in their final heat, finished second with Jordan Jenkins third, whilst Joe Thompson was fourth.
GB Youth co-boss Neil Vatcher said: “The event was a great success, and it’s got bigger each time since we first ran it at Eastbourne in 2011.
“Everyone watching was impressed with the high quality of racing and the fast race times. If these 12 British hopefuls can continue their progress British Speedway has a very bright future.
“The success was proven as there were no fallers and no re-runs, all the riders were professionally turned out, and all credit to the families of the riders and the Peterborough promotion for allowing us to put on a great show.”

BELLE VUE boss Jason Attwood says initial gate choices played a part in the Aces losing their unbeaten home record with a 41-49 defeat at the hands of Swindon.
Attwood said: “I think I've got to hold my hands up to be honest. I decided at the beginning of the meeting to take gates one and three, which is a decision that's worked in the past, but unfortunately it's come back to haunt me tonight.
“At the moment I'm lost for words. I was proud of the home record we had here because there was a faint hope that we could have made a go for the play offs, but that hope has now been taken away from us.”

COVENTRY boss Gary Havelock is pleased with the Bees’ form ahead of their break for the World Cup, having seen his side defeat Belle Vue 52-39 at Brandon last Friday.
Havelock said: “That was our best performance around here this season without a shadow of a doubt. We wanted to go hard right from the start, and after a couple of 3-3s we really kicked in with a lot of 5-1s.
“It could have been a bit ‘iffy’ for us without Jason (Garrity) because he’s been doing fantastically well, but the top five did the job that they’re paid to do and I’m really happy. At no time during the meeting were the nerves coming – it was pretty smooth all the way through.”

EASTBOURNE boss Trevor Geer believes his side’s impressive 50-40 win over Poole at Arlington on Saturday was a further demonstration of their potential to finish in the top four this season.
Geer said: “Bjarne (Pedersen) had a great night, as did Danny Halsey. I have not seen him ride as well as that before.
“This team believes we can make the play-offs and we will be handing out some shocks when we start racing again after the World Cup break.”

KING’S LYNN skipper Rory Schlein thanked supporters for backing the ‘Pink Wednesday’ initiative with the Stars’ home clash with Leicester helping with his charity work for Breast Cancer Care.
Schlein said: “The support for 'Pink Wednesday' was fantastic. Lots of supporters made an effort and it was a great to see the crowd with so much pink on show.
“Lots of donations were made during and at the auction after the meeting, I can only say a big thank you to the fans. Their donations will go to help change lives

LAKESIDE continued their positive run of form with a dramatic 46-44 win at Wolverhampton on Monday – following on from last week’s close-fought home victory over Eastbourne.
Hammers co-promoter Jon Cook said: “To take the lead after Heat 13 for the second time in a week speaks volumes for the team’s spirit. Credit goes to them all.
“It was a great night and all the more special as the win came with Stuart Douglas with us in the pits enjoying a night with the boys before he heads to Los Angeles.”

LEICESTER enjoyed a positive week of results on the road, with points gained from narrow defeats at both King’s Lynn and Swindon – and in the latter meeting, a last-race 5-1 would have seen the Lions snatch their first away win.
Boss Norrie Allan said: “We are gradually turning our season around. This was the second time in two days that we have arrived at the last race in with a chance of picking up at least a point.
“Once again it did not quite work out for us but we picked up another consolation bonus match point and for us that is progress when compared with some of our away performances this season.”

POOLE promoter Matt Ford admits King’s Lynn are the team to catch as the chasing pack look to make sure of play-off places over the final two months of the regular campaign.
Ford said: “They are the envy of the league with the way their team has been built. A very solid one to five but by far they have the best combination at reserve and for me that makes them the team to beat this year.
“As things stand, our July top five averages out-point them by nearly three quarters of a point but you only need to see the contributions from the two Lewis's (Kerr and Rose) to see why they are flying so high.”

SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter admitted his side’s stunning 49-41 win at Belle Vue on Monday came as a surprise - even to him!
Rossiter said: “It was a great win and a full team effort from the boys. Special praise goes to Peter Kildemand, he's got up and got on a plane this morning from Russia and that's commitment.
“In my mind I thought we would struggle because Belle Vue are so good but we all chipped in and all the boys did a good job.”

WOLVERHAMPTON promoter Chris Van Straaten says changes are possible as the Monmore club consider their options during the World Cup break – after losing at home to Lakeside on Monday.
Van Straaten said: “We have been looking at what we can do with the team, the problem is until we see the new August figures we are still over the limit at the moment.
“If we were to do anything, two riders would have to come out. We have looked closely at the situation and once we have the new averages we'll decide what the best course of action is to take.”

BERWICK manager John Anderson felt his side had been somewhat unfortunate to go home with nothing after a 14-point defeat in an eventful derby clash at Newcastle on Sunday.
Anderson said: “We held our own to the mid-point and still led by one point after Heat 9, but Newcastle seemed to go up a gear from that point onwards and we didn’t help ourselves either on several occasions.
“Prior to that we were impressive and I do think we were worth a point or two for our efforts, but we lost too much direction at the end.”

EDINBURGH boss John Campbell accepted that all good runs must come to an end – and the Monarchs’ run has been astonishing – as their 25th match of the season finally resulted in defeat at Peterborough.
Campbell said: “Peterborough were the better team on the day. The pressure has been growing on us to win every time because of the incredible run we’ve had. It’s been some achievement to stay unbeaten till our 25th match.”

GLASGOW No.1 Kevin Wolbert experienced mixed fortunes mechanically in the Tigers’ recent busy spell, which included a notable draw at Ipswich.
Wolbert said: “I tried a new engine at Ipswich and it worked quite good. In the first heat the referee put me out, but it was a good meeting. At Plymouth, I tried an engine too and it wasn't good, and I tried another and the back chain came off.
“In the next heat, I made the start but made a mistake in the second corner, crashed and Rusty (Harrison) went over me - so that was not very nice. (On Sunday) the first three heats were OK, but I still wasn’t feeling too good in the last couple.”

IPSWICH boss Brian Messenger was left bitterly disappointed after seeing his side held to a 45-45 home draw by Glasgow in a result which damages the Witches’ play-off aspirations.
Messenger said: “On paper this looked like a straightforward meeting for us to win and after last week’s showing there was no reason to expect otherwise. There were some poor performances and we have now made it hard for ourselves. We can't let this happen again!”

NEWCASTLE manager George English was relieved to see his side bounce back from defeats at Sheffield and Somerset to defeat local rivals Berwick at home, with the margin for error reducing as the Diamonds chase the top six.
English said: “We knew what we had to find to get back to winning ways after two abysmal away matches, with two of the lads, Danny and Lewis Kerr, taking maximums, but what we now have to do is keep up this form and make sure we make as good a push for the play-offs as we can, even though it will be a big ask.”

PETERBOROUGH skipper Ulrich Ostergaard saluted his side after they became the first team to defeat Edinburgh in the entire 2014 campaign with their 50-43 success at the Showground on Sunday.
Ostergaard said: “Edinburgh have been unreal this season. They’ve been winning almost everywhere so it is awesome to be the first team to beat them.
“We had a couple of guys missing, but it was a complete team performance with everyone getting among the points.”

PLYMOUTH’S new signing James Wright played a key role for the Devils in their 53-41 win over Glasgow, being involved in three 5-1s on his way to a paid-nine score.
Boss Lee Trigger said: “It was good to see the new riders doing well, especially with James picking up points from the back. Sam Simota did particularly well at reserve, dropping only one point in his six races.”

REDCAR pulled off a stunning comeback from 15-points down to defeat Workington 47-45 at the South Tees Motorsports Park last week. The Bears are next in action in home and away clashes with Scunthorpe as they look to break into the play-off zone.

RYE HOUSE are set to include Anders Mellgren and Oliver Greenwood for their Northern tour to Berwick and Newcastle this weekend after the duo were signed to replace Mathieu Tresarrieu and Stefan Nielsen.
Promoter Len Silver said: “I am very sad that Mathieu has had to be sacrificed along with Stefan. Both of these riders are extremely personable and did their best for the club. I was not disappointed in either of them and they leave under no cloud whatever in regard to their ability. I would not hesitate to re-employ either of them if the opportunity arose, and I wish them well in their new fields.”

SCUNTHORPE promoter Rob Godfrey says back-to-back clashes with Redcar this week are vital to the Scorpions’ play-off aspirations, with an improvement required to their away fortunes.
Godfrey said: “This is an important week in our bid for the play-offs. We’ve picked up results from Redcar’s place in the past, just as they’ve picked up results at the Eddie Wright Raceway.
“The team has been in excellent form at home the last few weeks, and we need to be on the ball to keep that going against Redcar. At the same time, it’s time we started picking up a few more points from our away matches.”

SHEFFIELD racer Leigh Lanham was released from hospital in Glasgow on Sunday having escaped with bad bruising to his back after crashing out of the Tigers’ defeat at Ashfield – with Ty Proctor also unable to complete the meeting.
Boss Joe Screen said: “We’re up against it with injuries and it’s really bad luck for us when things were just starting to pick up, but we’ll just have to try and get through it and see what we can do.”

SOMERSET face an important period of six Premier League fixtures in the space of eleven days as the Rebels look to cement their place in the play-offs.
Manager Garry May said: “It’s a bit like waiting for that proverbial bus - nothing for ages then loads come along all together, but whilst it will be quite a tough schedule I know the boys will be up for it as we look to maintain our aim of a top 6 finish to ensure our place in the play-offs. The Somerset fans certainly have a lot to look forward to over the course of the next couple of weeks or so!”

WORKINGTON owner Laura Morgan believes the regular use of guests due to injuries is a major factor in the Comets’ current lack of consistency.
She told “As much as we have good guests trying their hardest, it’s not a full team. It breaks up the dynamic. It definitely takes away the consistency. The boys have got to learn not to let these things impact on their performance.”


SGP NEWS - 22 July, 2014
Story by FIM Speedway Grand Prix

The Wroclaw racer said: “We’ll see what happens. I really hope Chris is back. If he is back and doing his normal thing, we have a pretty good chance of getting something out of it.”

Like Ward, Batchelor is a former King’s Lynn rider and hopes his Norfolk Arena experience will pay dividends as he returns to the circuit where he started his European career.

He said: “We’ll go to King’s Lynn with a positive attitude and see what we can take from it. King’s Lynn is a great track – that’s why they keep having rounds there. I like it and I spent a few years there. I normally go pretty well there.

“I’m looking forward to the event. It’s going to be great. It’s always great to ride for your country and it’s an opportunity to go out and win some races.”

Batchelor goes into the Monster Energy SWC on the back of bagging just three points at the Mitas British SGP in Cardiff on July 12 – two weeks after he managed a massive 20 in Copenhagen.

The Swindon rider admits living up to his Danish delight was always going to be tough in such a competitive World Championship.

He said: “I went from hero to zero, you could say. It was a tough night and I have no excuses. It’s a tough series and the difference between 20 points and three is only a couple of percent. If you’re not comfortable and not 100 percent, that’s what happens.

“I just didn’t really get on with things. I think the bikes were alright. I just didn’t screw it on.

“I need to sit down, re-evaluate and see what didn’t go right. Then we’ll work on that for the next one. I don’t give up. You have some good ones and you have some bad ones.

“I didn’t expect to produce the same performance I did in Copenhagen in Cardiff. I knew it wasn’t going to be so easy. I had a great day in Denmark where everything worked and the bike was great – everything worked from heat one. I was fighting against it on Saturday.

“I worked at it and it got better as the night went on. But at this level, it was too little, too late.”


GENERAL NEWS - 22 July, 2014
Story by Pinjar Park Media

Its with great pleasure the SMCWA can announce Bruce Russell has accepted the position of “Project Manager” for the development of the new Pinjar Park speedway track and venue. This project is the cornerstone of Pinjar Motorcycle Park’s future development and certainly SMCWA’s biggest undertaking in its history.

Bruce, a Life Member & former club president brings a wealth of knowledge to the construction of the new senior venue. Bruce along with the late Rob Woffinden were partly responsible for putting the current Pinjar Park Speedway on the map some 9 years ago.

Other members of the all new “New Stadium Development Committee” (NSDC) will be announced shorty.


UK NEWS - 22 July, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

KYLE Bickley retained his British 125cc Championship title with an unbeaten performance at Peterborough on Sunday.
The reigning champion triumphed in each of his four heats before speeding clear in the Final. Harry McGurk, unbeaten until facing Bickley in their final heat, finished second with Jordan Jenkins third, whilst Joe Thompson was fourth.
GB Youth co-boss Neil Vatcher said: “The event was a great success, and it’s got bigger each time since we first ran it at Eastbourne in 2011.
“The quality of racing was first class on a track excellently prepared by the Peterborough staff. There were some outstanding individual performances, none more so that the winner Kyle Bickley who was unbeaten going in to the Final and made no mistake to retain his title.
“There were also some great overtakes from runner-up Harry McGurk, the Thompson twins Joe and Dan, Jordan Jenkins and Sam Stead.
“Everyone watching was impressed with the high quality of racing and the fast race times. If these 12 British hopefuls can continue their progress British Speedway has a very bright future.
“The success was proven as there were no fallers and no re-runs, all the riders were professionally turned out, and all credit to the families of the riders and the Peterborough promotion for allowing us to put on a great show.”

EDINBURGH’S incredible unbeaten run during the entire 2014 season so far is finally over – after the Monarchs were beaten 50-43 at Peterborough on Sunday.
The six-man Panthers team scored solidly as a unit, led by Ales Dryml with 13+1, as they recovered from the setback of conceding a 5-1 in the opening race, whilst Craig Cook led the way for the Monarchs with 16+1.
Dryml ensured the Panthers would take maximum points from the meeting with second place in Heat 15 after partner Ulrich Ostergaard retired due to visibility with rain moving in.
Peterborough chief Mick Horton said: “It was a great result in front of a great crowd. I’m delighted with the response to our first Sunday meeting and if that doesn’t bring the fans flooding back, nothing will.
“Edinburgh are having a brilliant season, but this win shows we can beat any team at this level.”
Monarchs boss John Campbell said: “Peterborough were the better team on the day. The pressure has been growing on us to win every time because of the incredible run we’ve had. It’s been some achievement to stay unbeaten till our 25th match.”
Newcastle moved level on points with Berwick – albeit having ridden eight more matches – with a 51-37 win over the Bandits at Brough Park.
Diamonds No.1 Danny King scored a 15-point maximum whilst Lewis Kerr won all four of his rides, and reserve Matej Kus was top-scorer for the visitors with 10+1 in an incident-filled local clash.
Newcastle boss George English said: “We knew what we had to find to get back to winning ways after two abysmal away matches, with two of the lads, Danny and Lewis K, taking maximums.
“But what we now have to do is keep up this form and make sure we make as good a push for the play-offs as we can, even though it will be a big ask.”
Berwick manager John Anderson said: “We held our own to the mid-point and still led by one point after Heat 9, but Newcastle seemed to go up a gear from that point onwards and we didn’t help ourselves either on several occasions. Prior to that we were impressive and I do think we were worth a point or two for our efforts, but we lost too much direction at the end.”
Glasgow got the better of Sheffield 55-40 at Ashfield in a meeting which saw the visitors lose Leigh Lanham with bruising to his back after a crash, whilst Ty Proctor withdrew due to the effects of a leg injury suffered at Owlerton last week.
Rusty Harrison scored 14+1 for the home side whilst Simon Stead and Andre Compton picked up all five of Sheffield’s race wins between them as they contributed 27 of their team’s points.
Glasgow star Kevin Wolbert said: “We have the win, and that is good. The track was a bit different today - there was much rain yesterday - but everybody scored points and that is what we need.”
Sheffield boss Joe Screen said: “After Thursday we had a good team spirit and we were all high on confidence again. We went up to Glasgow with a real buzz and believing we could get at least a point, so the way things turned out was disappointing.”
In the National League, Mildenhall picked up all four points from their trip to Buxton with a 55-39 win, Dan Halsey leading the way with a paid maximum from five rides – whilst veteran Tony Atkin piled up 18 for the Hitmen.
Buxton boss Jayne Moss said: “We have made progress though each meeting this season but today we suffered with a few machine problems and missed a solid performance in the middle order but we will learn and come back stronger for this.”
Fen Tigers chairman Kevin Jolly said: “It is never easy to come here and get the win and today the lads did so in some style with a great team display with everyone scoring well. I feel we are now seeing the team really coming together.”

WOLVERHAMPTON have called up Chris Harris and Max Fricke to guest in Monday’s home clash with Lakeside at Monmore Green.
Harris steps in at No.1 for World Champion Tai Woffinden, who is out due to illness, whilst Fricke replaces Ty Proctor who aggravated an injury when racing for his Premier League club Sheffield at the weekend.
Ben Barker replaces Lewis Bridger for the Hammers, who go into the meeting second in the Elite League table, but with only eight points separating six clubs down to seventh-placed Wolves.
Home boss Peter Adams said: “I think it's a very important meeting for both teams in the scheme of things. A month ago Lakeside's place in the play-offs looked assured, but there has been a lot of activity since which means their place now looks under threat.
“With that in mind they really need a win, and obviously we need a victory to try and keep our hopes alive.”
At Kirkmanshulme Lane, Belle Vue look to maintain their unbeaten home record when they face Swindon with both teams naming full-strength line-ups.
The Aces are 14-points adrift of the top four, with ten of their last eleven matches to come at home, whilst the Robins trail fourth-placed Eastbourne by six points as they look for a third away win.
Swindon boss Alun Rossiter said: “Belle Vue is always a tough place to go, they have riders who are very quick around there and it will be a hard meeting.
“But we need to pick up points on the road and we will go there with a positive attitude and see if we can pick up a point at least.”
Meanwhile Simon Lambert defends his Kent Laurels title at Central Park with the famous individual event returning for a 40th staging, with the WJ Cearns Trophy at stake.
Former Kings skipper Steve Boxall returns for another attempt at the title – having also ridden in the 2003 event at Wimbledon – and other top visiting riders include Ben Hopwood and Jon Armstrong.


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Australian international Troy Batchelor admits getting skipper Chris Holder back on track is vital to his country’s Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup chances.

The men from Down Under face Team Great Britain, the USA and Italy in Event 1 at King’s Lynn on Saturday evening.

Despite being sidelined with neck and wrist injuries for the last two SGP rounds in Copenhagen and Cardiff, Holder has been named in the Roos’ starting line-up alongside his fellow SGP regulars Batchelor and Darcy Ward, as well as Jason Doyle.

The 2012 world champ is currently working hard to get fit for the event, and Batchelor knows having the Sydneysider in the side could make all the difference as the Aussie seek gold for the first time since 2002.
Troy Batchelor (75) & Chris Holder (23).
After heavy rain during the week, Speedway manager David Parker and a small band of volunteers worked on the water-logged track until almost midnight Friday night and were rewarded for their efforts with a good track and fine weather for the first winter meeting on Saturday afternoon.

The 76 event programme started just after noon and finished five hours later and a well-run, swift moving show that had a good smattering of wheel-to-wheel races to keep the enthusiastic crowd entertained.

The meeting started with the 250cc Under 16 Solo class and the opening race was won by Mildura’s Cooper Riordan, who was very unfortunate not to go through the card unbeaten. Riordan won all four of his heats, and the final — only for it to be announced they had only done three laps in the final. And you guessed it – he got beaten in the restaged final. He was initially beaten from the start by Dakota Ballantyne, and then Mitchell Grech went under both with an aggressive and impressive move through turn two to take the lead. Ballantyne
Sidecar Group 1 Semi-Final action. Tim Bichard/Dale Knights (blue) and Mark Radford/Chris Walker (red). Photo by Judy Mackay.
Aussie team boss Mark Lemon says he will give Chris Holder every chance to regain his fitness and skipper his country into Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup action at King’s Lynn on Saturday evening.

The former world champ is undergoing intense physio in his battle to recover from the fractured neck and broken wrist he suffered in a Danish Super League meeting for Region Varde on June 20.

The injuries kept the 26-year-old out of the Danish SGP and the Mitas British SGP in Cardiff and he is desperate to return and captain the Aussies in the Monster Energy SWC for the first time.

Holder’s horror crash at Coventry last summer kept him out of the 2013 tournament, so
Chris Holder.
Jason Doyle is determined to join Australia’s golden generation in coming of age on the world stage as they bid for Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup gold, starting at King’s Lynn on Saturday evening.

Doyle – in his second season representing his country – joins forces with SGP trio Chris Holder, Darcy Ward and Troy Batchelor to face Team Great Britain, the USA and Italy.

The 28-year-old from Newcastle may be the oldest rider in a youthful Aussie team, but he is the least experienced at the highest level after grafting hard to overcome years of shoulder problems.

Since undergoing major surgery at the end of 2012, Doyle has emerged as a real force in Europe’s top leagues, starring at No.1 for Leicester and Polish First Division club Lodz this year, as well as establishing himself at Swedish side Vargarna.
Jason Doyle.