BRITISH BRIEFS
UK NEWS - 20 August, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

COVENTRY captain Chris Harris produced an incredible Heat 11 ride to virtually ensure his team would beat Elite League play-off rivals Swindon at Brandon.
Harris, who had been involved in a big crash in the previous day’s Latvian Grand Prix, used the outside line to pass first Troy Batchelor and then Nick Morris to prevent a Robins’ 8-1, and set the Bees up to take maximum points.
The home side won 53-40 with Harris’s score of 12+1 backed up by 12 from Jason Garrity and 10+3 from Kyle Howarth in a controversial encounter which saw the visitors suffer no fewer than eight disqualifications in the first nine races.
Bees boss Gary Havelock said: “I’m immensely proud of the team – not just tonight, but the way they’ve been riding and the effort they’ve been putting in.
“Kenneth (Hansen) hurt his shoulder in his crash and Jason had a massive hit on his back, but they were still going out in races because we need them, and as for that ride from Chris Harris – awesome, who said there’s no passing at Coventry?”
Swindon manager Alun Rossiter said: “Fair play to Coventry, the first thing I should say is congratulations to them. But I have to be careful what I say about the referee. I'm not making excuses, people watching on TV can make their own minds up, I don't need to say anything more.”
Belle Vue’s plans to stage a double header were thwarted by the weather, but the Aces did take victory over play-off chasing Lakeside in the first scheduled meeting.
The home side were 42-33 up after twelve heats when a halt was called due to heavy rain, with the subsequent clash with Eastbourne postponed.
Belle Vue skipper Scott Nicholls said: “We gave a good, solid team performance and we were looking very strong, it's just such a shame that we had that downpour.
“It wasn't for long but because it was so heavy, and because the track here is so slick anyway, it made conditions quite dangerous. My only concern at that point was rider safety; forget the dates, forget the meetings, forget the results. If the track isn't safe to ride, that's my only concern.”
Wolverhampton bounced back to form at home with a 56-37 win over Leicester at Monmore, despite the absence of Piotr Pawlicki due to illness.
Jacob Thorssell (14), Tai Woffinden (12+1) and Lasse Bjerre (10+2) were all in double figures for the home side, whilst Simon Stead scored 14 and Jason Doyle 12 for the Lions, who lost Mads Korneliussen to injury after a first-ride crash.
Wolves boss Peter Adams said: “I was expecting more from Leicester to be honest, but they did have some bad luck when they lost Mads early on.
“From our point of view everyone did their bit, and it was a good win. It was nice to see some of the younger guys having a bit of prominence for a change.”
Leicester manager Norrie Allan said: “I thought that maybe we could have given Wolverhampton a match, but when Mads had to withdraw from the meeting it took the sting out of us a little.
“Leicester fans may be wondering why I didn't send Jason Doyle out for a tactical ride in the sixth race and the reason for that was because the lads were saying gate 4 was terrible and we would waste the opportunity. Even 'Woffy' came last on his own track from that starting position and the best it had yielded was two points when three riders were in the race. So we let that go and then 'Doyley' made nonsense of the information by winning the race from that position and instead of a 7-2 we ended up with a 4-2.”
In the National League, Kent moved into second place with a 57-37 home win over Buxton at the Hi-Edge Raceway, with Ben Morley scoring 17 points for the home side – a total matched by Liam Carr for the Hitmen, but with Tony Atkin their only other significant scorer.

PETERBOROUGH team chief Carl Johnson is backing his new recruits to make an immediate impression in the heat of East Anglian derby battle on Tuesday.
Richard Hall, Adam Roynon and Max Dilger are all set to feature in a new-look Panthers team which lines up against Ipswich at the East of England Showground at the start of a busy period of racing for the home side.
Johnson said: “The new boys have been brought in for a reason and that is to help us challenge for trophies. They are well aware of the fact they need to hit the ground running in what is a huge meeting at the start of a very important phase of the season.
“We are currently a long way off the play-off places, but we have meetings in hand and I’m confident we can lift ourselves up into the top six. We can’t worry about the league table. We just need to focus on winning speedway meetings. Maximum points are a must every time we race at home.”

ANDERS Mellgren has departed Rye House less than a month into his second stint with the club.
The Swede has been riding with a steel rod inserted in his back since returning from his early-season injury, but has been in pain recently and has informed co-promoter Len Silver he cannot continue.
Silver said: “It is with great reluctance that I have accepted Anders' decision not to race in Britain for the rest of this season. I know that he originally considered that his back injury had repaired fully, and to start with that seemed to be the case.
“However, it has been obvious that he has deteriorated on a match-by-match basis, and all we can do is to wish him a full recovery during this winter.”
Mellgren’s decision comes at a bad time for the Rockets who are facing an injury crisis with Luke Bowen suffering elbow damage in a crash at Plymouth, whilst Steve Boxall has a possible broken ankle after an accident at Hoddesdon on Saturday.

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BRITISH SPEEDWAY WEEKLY BULLETIN
UK NEWS - 20 August, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

BIG EVENT LATEST…
KENT have confirmed a new date is to be agreed for the British Under-19 Final at Central Park.
Fixture clashes for several of the competing riders mean the planned event on September 1 will not take place with Adam Ellis, Josh Bates and Max Clegg all affected.
Ellis finished fourth in the meeting last season and will be amongst the favourites for success this year, whilst Bates clinched the British Under-21 Final at Cradley earlier in the campaign.
Kent promoter Len Silver said: “With these absentees should the original scheduled date have gone ahead, this would be akin to having a senior British Final without (Tai) Woffinden, (Chris) Harris and (Scott) Nicholls and would have badly damaged the credibility of the meeting. 
“We waited for confirmation that Elite League fixtures do take precedence in a fixture clash of this kind and now that has been confirmed we have reluctantly acceded to the request to cancel this meeting on September 1.
“As soon as an alternative staging date has been confirmed we shall be letting everyone know – I’m hoping to be able to confirm a new date over the next couple of days.
“One of those fixtures we clash with on that Monday is Lakeside v Poole – moved to this date as it’s being broadcast live by Sky Sports. 
“With Lakeside being so close to us here at Central Park and with our own No.1 Ben Morley also riding for the Hammers, we’ve decided not to run a fixture on this date.”
Meanwhile the National League Fours at Coventry, which was postponed due to rain earlier this month, will now be re-staged as an end-of-season event on Sunday October 26.
The meeting will again have a 2.30pm start-time at Brandon and features eight of the nine National League clubs, several of whom could be in action for the final time in 2014.
The Premier League has one major event date remaining on the calendar, that being the PRC at Sheffield on September 21.
League matches until the cut-off for September averages on August 23 could have a vital bearing on qualification for the Owlerton showpiece, and all 13 Premier League clubs will be represented in what is always a hugely popular meeting.
Somerset’s Olly Allen took the crown last season when racing for Rye House and is currently second to Nick Morris in the Rebels’ averages, whilst 2012 winner Craig Cook is well clear as No.1 for Edinburgh.
Ironically the Rebels and the Monarchs currently hold the top two places in the league table, and both have also taken one major event victory already this season as Edinburgh won the Pairs (at Somerset) whilst Somerset were victorious in the Fours at Peterborough.

ELITE LEAGUE LATEST…
BELLE VUE skipper Scott Nicholls said the correct decision had been made for rider safety after the Aces’ planned double-header against Lakeside and Eastbourne had to be abandoned after 12 races of the first match due to a heavy downpour.
Nicholls said: “You could tell by the mannerisms of the riders that nobody was comfortable with carrying on after that. It's disappointing for the fans as it is for us, but I think the correct decision was made.
“Of course there are still positives we can take from tonight. We've had two disappointing home losses before now, but we really stepped up our game and brought home a solid win; we just have to keep this form on for the next meeting.”

COVENTRY manager Gary Havelock was delighted with his team’s application over the weekend, which ended with a 53-40 home win over Swindon on Monday after they had gained an away point at Eastbourne.
Havelock said: “I’m immensely proud of the team – not just tonight, but the way they’ve been riding and the effort they’ve been putting in.
“I’ve always felt positive, I think there’s still a lot to come from our team and I think there are a couple up at the top looking down and hoping we don’t make the play-offs!”

EASTBOURNE boss Trevor Geer knows the home point the Eagles dropped against Coventry on Saturday increases the pressure on the Arlington club’s remaining away matches.
Geer said: “We put ourselves in a position to get the three points but let the situation slip. The Coventry boys got the hang of the track and one or two of our lads were not at their best.
“We have always known that we need to get some away wins and this just emphasises the point.”

LAKESIDE are hoping for good news on skipper Davey Watt who suffered a foot injury in a last-race crash during the Hammers’ home win over Belle Vue on Friday.
Co-promoter Jon Cook told the club website: “Davey’s injury put a dampener on a great evening of racing from the boys, but he’s in a rush to get back and we’ll see where we are after Monday. I wouldn’t rule him out of next weekend’s action at this stage.”

LEICESTER encountered mixed fortunes over the weekend with a 48-42 home win over Lakeside followed up by a 37-56 defeat at Wolverhampton in a meeting which saw captain Mads Korneliussen crash out.
Manager Norrie Allan said: “Leicester fans may be wondering why I didn't send Jason Doyle out for a tactical ride in the sixth race and the reason for that was because the lads were saying gate 4 was terrible and we would waste the opportunity.
“Even 'Woffy' (Tai Woffinden) came last on his own track from that starting position and the best it had yielded was two points when three riders were in the race. So we let that go and then 'Doyley' made nonsense of the information by winning the race from that position and instead of a 7-2 we ended up with a 4-2.”

KING’S LYNN promoter Keith Chapman is urging his side to make the most of their opportunity this season, having headed the Elite League table for much of the campaign.
Chapman told lynnnews.co.uk: “This year will be the best chance we’ll ever have of the title, but it’s all about the play-offs and what happens on the day. It can be down to a chain snapping, or you can get a puncture. Anything can go wrong for you on the day.
“Statistically, we should be up there and abouts. We’ve got as good a chance of anyone of winning the league.”

POOLE cut the gap on Elite League leaders King’s Lynn to just six points with an impressive 49-41 win at the Norfolk Arena last Thursday to inflict the Stars’ first home defeat.
Pirates chief Matt Ford said: “Results like that are just ones you dream of. It was an incredible turnaround and one to be hugely proud of.
“The lads were just magnificent. We had a torrid journey up there but when you witness a team ride like the Pirates did tonight well, you can only think that it was well worth it.”

SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter could not hide his frustration after a 40-53 defeat at play-off rivals Coventry on Monday in a meeting which contained plenty of controversy.
Rossiter said: “Fair play to Coventry, the first thing I should say is congratulations to them. But I have to be careful what I say about the referee. I'm not making excuses, people watching on TV can make their own minds up, I don't need to say anything more.
“Now we move on and we have two big home meetings and we have to gain maximum points on Thursday and Monday, it's as simple as that.”

WOLVERHAMPTON reserve Tom Perry was delighted to bag his highest score in the Elite League as the side finally returned to winning ways with a 56-37 success over Leicester at Monmore.
Perry said: “Me and my mechanic put a lot of time into things away from the track and it's such a good feeling when you have a meeting like that. My gating was a lot better and it's slowly been getting there over the past few weeks.
“I still made a few slight mistakes here and there but the track suited me and I was able to pull it back by making a good couple of passes. I was really happy with my score and performance and I really enjoyed my racing again.”

PREMIER LEAGUE LATEST…
BERWICK made it five points from two matches against the top two teams in the Premier League, backing up last Tuesday’s win over Edinburgh with a 49-43 victory over Somerset despite missing several of their regular team.
Bandits boss John Anderson said: “Somerset gave us a serious challenge and perhaps one of the toughest this season but even with guests and the like the desire to win was still at maximum power especially with Steen Jensen and his superb performance leading the way getting us two more league points, great stuff!"

EDINBURGH manager Alex Harkess was happy to leave Newcastle with two points for a 42-42 draw on Sunday after rain forced the abandonment of the meeting ahead of a last-heat decider – a result which leaves the Monarchs behind leaders Somerset on points difference, but with matches in hand.
Harkess said: “I was happy to take the two points and not ask our top two to go out and take risks.”

GLASGOW boss Stewart Dickson was left frustrated after leaders Somerset plundered a 51-41 win at Ashfield on Sunday – and with a problem to solve at reserve with Dimitri Berge out with a broken wrist.
Dickson said: “I played about with my programme before the match and I picked four riders that would need to score double figures - that was my plan.
“I knew it was going to be tough but it just shows you how easy to ride our track is. Look at Brady Kurtz - he finished four races and he won three of them and was flying in three of them - yet he couldn't ride Edinburgh's Armadale. He scored one point there on Friday night.”

IPSWICH secured an impressive 49-41 win at Rye House to maintain their challenge for a play-off place, with Rohan Tungate (14+1) and Morten Risager (14) both scoring well.
Witches boss Brian Messenger told the club website: “I was very impressed with Morten and Rohan both on the track and in the pits. Morten especially was constantly helping and advising the younger riders alongside Ritchie (Hawkins) to alert them to changing track conditions, etc. and keeping the team spirit going.”

NEWCASTLE remain sixth in the Premier League table after a 42-42 home draw with Edinburgh, although with the chasing pack having matches in hand manger George English admits the pressure is on.
He said: “We’ll take the point for the draw but it’s a shame the weather came in as fast and wiped out the last race. Every point is vital to us now and even one gets us that little bit closer to a possible play off place, although it’s a pretty big ask at the moment.”

PETERBOROUGH will race four home matches in an eight day period with Ipswich, Somerset, Berwick and Plymouth all visiting the Showground – the latter two in a double-header next Tuesday.
Panthers boss Carl Johnson said: “It has been a while since we raced at home so hopefully the fans have been saving their pennies! In all seriousness their support gives the riders a real boost and we'll certainly need them to turn out in force over the next few weeks as we try to reach the play-offs.”

PLYMOUTH survived a late revival from Rye House to secure a 54-41 win over the Rockets at the St Boniface Arena, and they are now three points ahead of their rivals in the league table.
Devils boss Lee Trigger said: ““We let the Rockets back in with a sniff of getting something from the final heat. Rye House may be towards the bottom of the league, but they have a number of Plymouth track specialists in their team.
“It was pleasing that the final score proved to be a comfortable win and it remains our target to take the maximum three points from all of our remaining home meetings.”

REDCAR return to league racing this week with a double clash against Sheffield, starting at Owlerton on Thursday.
Manager Jitendra Duffill told gazettelive.co.uk: “We’re racing for pride now, and we need to put on some better performances at home.”

RYE HOUSE will be without Anders Mellgren for the rest of the season after the Swede gave best to his back injury – and the Rockets now also have concerns over Luke Bowen and Steve Boxall after recent crashes.
Promoter Len Silver said: “It is with great reluctance that I have accepted Anders' decision not to race in Britain for the rest of this season. I know that he originally considered that his back injury had repaired fully, and to start with that seemed to be the case. However, it has been obvious that he has deteriorated on a match-by-match basis, and all we can do is to wish him a full recovery during this winter."

SCUNTHORPE are gearing up for a Bank Holiday feast of speedway on Monday with 30 heats of action, starting with the Premier League clash between the Scorpions and Redcar – followed up by the visit of Buxton in the National League.
Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “Our Bank Holiday meetings represent excellent value at just £17 for 30 races. It is a very important fixture for the Scorpions – we do need the three points from this meeting, as every point is vital as we look to make sure we have enough points to be in the end-of-season play-offs.”

SHEFFIELD’s trip to local rivals Scunthorpe fell foul of the weather after eight races – just 24 hours after the postponement of the Tigers’ home clash with Edinburgh.
Manager Joe Screen said: “It's frustrating for everyone but there isn't anything we can do about the weather. The track was already pretty wet to start with, and when it started raining it created problems. After it stopped and they did some work on it we thought we'd be OK but once the second lot of rain came there wasn't anything that could be done.”

SOMERSET fans are set for a busy week of home racing with the visits of both Plymouth on Wednesday and Ipswich on Friday as the Rebels look to cement their play-off place.
Rebels boss Garry May said: “The boys had an excellent weekend on our Northern Tour, having secured five league points to keep us at the top of the Premier League, but although we have a 100 per cent home league record, we can take nothing for granted with the visit of both Plymouth and Ipswich to the Oaktree Arena this week.”

WORKINGTON reserve Ashley Morris has been ruled out for the remainder of the season following the head injury he sustained at King’s Lynn in June when riding for parent club Wolverhampton.
Comets Owner Laura Morgan said: “After visiting a consultant on Monday and undergoing a further CT scan, this was the outcome. I think we all knew that this was very likely to be on the cards and it's clearly in Ashley's interests to follow Doctor's orders, rest up and make sure he is 100 per cent recovered before even considering getting back on a bike.
“We now have a very busy spell where, following our home victory over Newcastle last weekend, we have a further seventeen matches to race in twenty-five days if we are to complete our league programme prior to the cut-off for the play-offs. This will involve a lot of travelling but we hope to be able to confirm the details of how the matches are to be fitted into the time available very shortly following discussions with our landlords, Workington Town Rugby League Club. Meanwhile, with Ashley out for the season, we remain hopeful of being able to obtain a replacement ahead of our hectic fixture schedule.”

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BRITISH BRIEFS
UK NEWS - 19 August, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

SOMERSET have gone top of the Premier League on race points difference after a 51-41 win at Glasgow on Sunday.
The Rebels collected all four league points at Ashfield with Olly Allen scoring a four-ride 12-point maximum, whilst Nick Morris won the final race after Brady Kurtz had been disqualified to secure the ten-point margin of victory.
Somerset boss Garry May said: “This was a great team performance in what were tricky conditions. All the boys had an excellent afternoon, led by Olly and his maximum.”
“There was some terrific racing out there, and that is a credit to both teams, but we were determined beforehand that we wanted to be heading back home with a win under our belts, and that is just what we did.”
Glasgow manager Stewart Dickson was disappointed with the outcome, with the Tigers suffering a further blow as French youngster Dimitri Berge has suffered a broken wrist in a Longtrack crash.
Dickson said: “It was a bit flat and we were weak - there was no doubt about it. We were missing Theo (Pijper), who has arguably been our best rider at home along with Rusty (Harrison) in the last month or so. But I hate to lose - that's just it.”
Edinburgh also picked up points on the road with a 42-42 draw at Newcastle in a meeting curtailed one race early due to rain.
Craig Cook scored a 12-point maximum for the Monarchs, who have two matches in hand on Somerset as well as a seven-point gap to the teams immediately below.
Newcastle manager George English said: “We’ll take the point for the draw but it’s a shame the weather came in as fast and wiped out the last race. We might have suffered, but we might have benefitted and now we’ll never know, but not long after the call off the heavens really opened and it was the correct decision.
“Every point is vital to us now and even one gets us that little bit closer to a possible play-off place, although it’s a pretty big ask at the moment.”
Edinburgh boss Alex Harkess said: “I was happy to take the two points and not ask our top two to go out and take risks.”
In the National League, leaders Cradley won 50-40 at Mildenhall despite the absence of three of their regular riders.
Youngsters Nathan Greaves (13+2) and Max Clegg (12+1) led the Heathens’ scoring at West Row, with home boss Robert Henry unhappy with his team’s display, which was followed by a 63-30 win over Scunthorpe in the second half of a double header.
Henry said: “From the parade when Jack (Kingston) came off onwards it was an afternoon to forget. I am extremely disappointed by this performance, which simply wasn’t good enough.
“Cradley are a good side, make no mistake, but we are much better than we showed and I feel disappointed for the supporters who were let down. It is difficult after being away from the track for so long, but you have to get on with it, there was too much talk about the track and other things rather than knuckling down and racing the opposition!”
Cradley boss Will Pottinger said: “It was a fantastic effort from everyone. Without our top two guys, and then missing Danny (Phillips) at reserve we thought we were going to be up against it, so to come away from Mildenhall with a ten-point win is a brilliant achievement.
“All six lads deserve a great amount of credit for the effort they put in. We probably would have been happy leaving with a point beforehand, so to come away with all four is superb.”
Scunthorpe manager Richard Hollingsworth was pleased to see his side hit 30 points in an away match for the first time, with Arron Mogridge winning a tactical ride on his way to a score of 10, whilst Sam Chapman added nine.
Hollingsworth said: “It’s been about perseverance this season.  We’ve taken some hammerings, but we knew if we stuck with these lads, they would improve.
“Although Arron and Sam are the ones who are starting to score the points, the rest of the lads are not far away either. They are on the pace and the points will start to come.”

SWINDON will be without No.1 Peter Kildemand for their vital Elite League clash at play-off rivals Coventry on Monday.
The meeting at Brandon brings together the two sides immediately outside the top four at present, but Kildemand remains on the sidelines following his crash in Poland last weekend and the Robins will operate the rider-replacement facility.
Swindon boss Alun Rossiter said: “It's obviously going to be very difficult without Peter, and we tried everything to get a good guest. It's going to be a lot harder using rider replacement at No.1, but hopefully the boys can all pull together and we can come away with something.
“A point would be a great result, so we just need our remaining six riders to all up their game and hopefully we can get a good result.”
Coventry promoter Mick Horton said: “I think this one will be an absolute cracker, and if we can beat Swindon then it’s a major blow to their play-off hopes. If we could take maximum points, we’ll suddenly only be three behind them with five matches in hand, and that will put them under pressure.
“It’s there for us, and the next week is going to be very telling with home and away against Lakeside and Leicester as well.”
Lakeside and Eastbourne currently hold third and fourth places in the table – and both are in action at Belle Vue in a double header starting at 7pm.
Aces CEO Chris Morton said: “Lakeside and Eastbourne are two very capable sides around our track and we know that Lakeside especially seem to enjoy riding Belle Vue, but we certainly won't be taking either of them lightly after the two defeats that we've had at home.
“I think it's fair to say we've enjoyed some really good racing in Manchester this year and I don't think that’s going to change, but losing even those two meetings at home is unacceptable for the quality of the team that we have.
“The important thing for us at this point is to step up to the plate and get back to winning ways and see out the season on a high, and I believe the riders are capable of beating both of these teams on Monday.”
Wolverhampton and Leicester clash at Monmore Green, just nine days after a close encounter at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium in which the Lions edged to a two-point victory in the last race.
The home side welcome back Piotr Pawlicki after another World Under-21 Final 15-point maximum over the weekend, as well as Lasse Bjerre and Jacob Thorssell who scored eight and seven respectively, and Bjerre will again be racing against his former club.
Bjerre said: “We've got a big meeting against Leicester on Monday, and after riding for them earlier in the season I'm desperate to do well.
“We need to bounce back as a team after a tough defeat a couple of weeks ago, so hopefully I can score some points and help us to do that.”
Leicester boss Norrie Allan said: “For some reason the Wolves have not clicked at home and we have to go there thinking that if our preparation is right I can see us doing well.
“Wolverhampton is one of Nicolai Klindt’s and Simon Stead’s former clubs and it is Max Clegg’s home track as Cradley ride there, so hopefully all three will relish riding at Monmore Green. Also Jason Doyle scored 12 points for Birmingham there last year, so I think we should be optimistic of a result.”
In the National League, Kent can move into second place with a win over Buxton at Central Park after the planned fixture between the two sides at the Hi-Edge Raceway on Sunday was postponed.

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DARCY WARD BLAMES DEHYDRATION FOR FAILED ALCOHOL TEST
SGP NEWS - 18 August, 2014
Story courtesy Ken Brown

POOLE Pirates captain Darcy Ward has blamed dehydration for his failed alcohol test ahead of this afternoon’s Latvian Speedway Grand Prix.

Ward’s world title hopes suffered a huge blow when he was excluded from this afternoon’s meeting in Daugavpils – a decision revealed by the FIM jury.

The 22-year-old, who is due to attend a jury meeting following the conclusion of events at the Lokomotiv Stadium, apologised for the failed test.

He told Eurosport: “I got some bad news yesterday when I was having dinner and a couple of drinks. I didn’t eat properly and I wasn’t hydrated unfortunately.

“It’s the worst day of my life and it will never happen again. I should have hydrated but it was only marginal and I’m having a bad time.

“Of course I will be back and I’m sorry to the sport and all the fans.”

This evening’s summit with the FIM jury will give Ward the chance to explain his version of events.

Based on that meeting, a decision will then be made on what punishment, if any, will be handed out.

Ward dropped from third to seventh in the standings following this afternoon’s meeting, which was won by former Pirate Krzysztof Kasprzak, while Ringwood-based Chris Holder was eliminated in heats.

Ward only has a 12-point cushion in the top eight with four rounds to go, with those finishing ninth or below not qualifying automatically for next year’s series.

His team manager at Poole, Neil Middleditch, politely declined to comment on the matter in detail.

However, Middleditch told the Daily Echo: "I do not condone Darcy's actions but there are some mitigating circumstances which will come to light."

Ward was replaced in this afternoon's meeting by Kjastas Puodzuks.

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HANCOCK RETAKES SGP LEAD AS WARD IN HOT WATER
SGP NEWS - 18 August, 2014
Story by Speedcafe

Greg Hancock has retaken the lead in the Speedway Grand Prix World Championship after a delayed Latvian Grand Prix, however the big talking point was the disqualification of Australian Darcy Ward.

Ward failed an alcohol test on the morning of the event and was forced to watch from the sidelines. The Queenslander was expected to face the FIM Jury Sunday night (European time) to discuss the matter and any further punishment.

It was part of a dramatic weekend that saw the original venue slated to host the Grand Prix, Riga, ruled out due to bad weather. A last minute call was made to switch it to Daugvapils on Sunday afternoon, some 225km south-east.

Hancock was masterful in his approach to the Grand Prix once again. Ending the heats equal with Nicki Pedersen on 13 points, both riders made it to the Final where they faced off against Krzysztof Kasprzak and Kenneth Bjerre.

Kasprzak was able to take the victory despite a collision in the third heat with Australia’s Chris Holder from Pedersen and Hancock. The American, who came into the event behind Tai Woffinden, leaves five points in front of the British rider.

Woffinden is now 12 points ahead of Pedersen in the title race.

Troy Batchelor was the best of the Aussies with a strong eight points. He exited the meeting in the second semi-final that saw Kasprzak and Hancock qualify through. This has brought him into calculation for to directly qualify for next year’s Series, he’s now just six points away from the eighth placed ‘bump spot’.

Holder managed six points from his five rides, which places him 10th with four rounds to go. Ward has dropped to seventh in the title race.

The drama continues on August 30 in Gorzow, Poland.

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KK MOTORS TO DAUGAVPILS GOLD
SGP NEWS - 18 August, 2014
Story by FIM Speedway Grand Prix
















He tore the cruciate ligament in his left knee in May and this dashed his title hopes. But he cannot fault his engines and admits they have transformed him into a top contender in the SGP series.

Kasprzak, who is now fifth in the World Championship on 76 points, said: “I won my second Grand Prix of the year. I’m very happy and thank you to Peter Johns. I must say this man has changed my career.

“We talk a lot. I have contact with him every day. I have to say ‘thank you, Peter. You are the best in the world at the moment.’ He just gives me fast engines.

“When I feel fast, I can win races like that. Nobody passes Hancock like I did on bend four. When I touched the grip, this bike was very fast.”

Asked about his ambitions for the rest of 2014, KK was coy about his medal chances, despite standing only 10 points behind triple world champion Nicki Pedersen in third place. He said: “I just want to get a good position and have no more crashes. Can I make the podium? We will see.”

KK had what he hopes will be his last spill of the season in heat three, after being given a hard knock by Chris Holder in bend one. The Gorzow and Vastervik rider straightened up, tangled with Britain’s Chris Harris and the pair were buried in the air fence at high speed.

While Harris walked away unscathed, KK spent the rest of the meeting nursing damage to his right leg. He was relieved to walk away without more serious injuries and bounce back in the best way possible.

Kasprzak, who requires cruciate ligament surgery on his left knee at the end of the season, said: “When Holder crashed me, I didn’t break anything. It was a big crash and I’m very happy I’m fit. My right leg is a problem and my thumb. I think it will hurt big time tomorrow. But we will see what happens.

“Holder hit me in the middle of the track. I straightened up, hit Harris and I went straight into the fence. Thank God I stood up.

“I started the meeting with just my left leg hurting. Now it’s both legs and my finger. I’ll try and be ready for next Sunday in Poland.”

Daugavpils runner-up Nicki Pedersen is determined to cement his place in the World Championship’s top three after edging into third spot by top-scoring on 18 at the Lokomotiv Stadium.

Pedersen, who has reached the final on all five of his SGP appearances in Daugavpils, said: “It’s very important for me to finish in the top three. I haven’t had the best of years, but I’m still fighting for it and we’ll have to see what we can get out of the season.

“Daugavpils is not a track I like, but it obviously suits me. I wasn’t just making gates; I was making moves and passing the boys. I scored the points and I’m very happy with that.

“I was last a couple of times through the heats and even in the final I was in last. I pulled it back today – I won a second place; I didn’t lose first. I’m happy with my score.”

Hancock went into the event three points behind pre-meeting World Championship leader Woffinden and left five in front of the 24-year-old. But he was gutted not to land his fourth Daugavpils gold medal and admits riding defensively in the final cost him dearly.

He said: “I pretty much gave that one away. I think I rode a little bit more defensively than I should have done, rather than just going out to win. The track was changing quite a lot and I was trying to be clever and ride a different line. If I’d just gone for glory, it would have been another story.

“But Krzysztof rode a great line and produced a good corner. I still got some points and I’m feeling good about it.”

Hancock refuses to get too excited about his slender advantage at the top of the standings in what’s shaping up to be an epic title race with world champion Woffinden, who was knocked out of the meeting at the semi-final stages with eight points.

The Californian said: “Anytime you can get a lead at the top of the World Championship, it’s good.

“Everybody keeps talking about whether it will go this way or that way. All that matters is me being one point in front at the end.”

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1 Greg Hancock 103, 2 Tai Woffinden 98, 3 Nicki Pedersen 86, 4 Niels-Kristian Iversen 81, 5 Krzysztof Kasprzak 76, 6 Matej Zagar 75, 7 Darcy Ward 75, 8 Jaroslaw Hampel 63, 9 Fredrik Lindgren 63, 10 Chris Holder 61, 11 Martin Smolinski 59, 12 Troy Batchelor 57, 13 Andreas Jonsson 55, 14 Kenneth Bjerre 50, 15 Chris Harris 29, 16 Michael Jepsen Jensen 17, 17 Peter Kildemand 15, 18 Kasts Puodzuks 10, 19 Peter Ljung 7, 20 Adrian Miedzinski 5, 21 Joonas Kylmakorpi 5, 22 Kauko Nieminen 4, 23 Andzejs Lebedevs 3, 24 Jason Bunyan 2, 25 Vaclav Milik 2, 26 Craig Cook 2.

DAUGAVPILS SCORES: 1 Krzysztof Kasprzak 17, 2 Nicki Pedersen 18, 3 Greg Hancock 16, 4 Kenneth Bjerre 11, 5 Kasts Puodzuks 10, 6 Matej Zagar 9, 7 Tai Woffinden 8, 8 Troy Batchelor 8, 9 Niels-Kristian Iversen 7, 10 Fredrik Lindgren 6, 11 Chris Holder 6, 12 Andreas Jonsson 6, 13 Martin Smolinski 6, 14 Jaroslaw Hampel 4, 15 Chris Harris 3, 16 Andzejs Lebedevs 3, 17 Darcy Ward DQ, 18 Vjaceslavs Giruckis DNR.

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TOP BIKES
GENERAL NEWS - 18 August, 2014
Story by Ken Brown

Another big season of Solo and Sidecar action is planned for the Pinjar Park Speedway this summer.

The opening meeting is on October 4 with the annual Chum Taylor and Dennis Nash Foundation Cups staged on October 25.

The WA senior and junior Solo Championships will be held on November 15.

A fortnight later sees the fifth running of the Rob Woffinden Classic, featuring a stellar lineup of international and interstate riders.

The visitors will stay on for the West Coast Solo International on December 13.

There are plenty more shows on the agenda after Christmas, including the King of Pinjar on January 31, the Jeff Gittus Sidecar Stampede on February 28 and the Prince of Pinjar for the FIM 250cc class on March 28.

Exciting young Englishman Josh Bates is being courted as a resident rider at Pinjar Park this season.

Bates, 18, won the British Under 21 Championship back in April and currently rides in all three of the British Leagues, turning out for Leicester (Elite League), Sheffield (Premier League) and Mildenhall (National League).

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BRITISH BRIEFS
UK NEWS - 18 August, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

EASTBOURNE boss Trevor Geer admitted to mixed emotions after being held to two Elite League points in a 49-44 win over Coventry at Arlington.
The Bees were eleven points down with six heats to go but produced a series of 4-2s to cut the gap and take a valuable league point back to Brandon.
Skipper Cameron Woodward led the scoring for the Eagles with 10+2 whilst Hans Andersen won his last three races for the visitors to finish on 13.
Geer said: “We put ourselves in a position to get the three points but let the situation slip. The Coventry boys got the hang of the track and one or two of our lads were not at their best.
“We have always known that we need to get some away wins and this just emphasises the point.  Belle Vue on Monday would be a good place to start.”
Coventry promoter Mick Horton said: “I was absolutely delighted with the team, and I’m proud of them because Eastbourne is not an easy place to go at all, especially not being at full strength.
“That point could prove very valuable, so it’s a great result for us and full credit to all of the boys.”
Lakeside also picked up a useful away point in a 42-48 away defeat at Leicester, leaving the third-placed Hammers four points ahead of Swindon who are just outside the play-off places.
It was the Lions’ fourth successive home win, with No.1 Jason Doyle top-scoring on 13+1 and reserve Max Clegg picking up an encouraging eight, whilst Lewis Bridger led the way for the Hammers on 13.
Leicester boss Norrie Allan said: “There are few runaway matches at Leicester and this was another instance of a close contest between two teams short of a rider on each side after both Krzysztof Buczkowski and Davey Watt had to pull out following injuries, and on reflection it was a good result for us against one of the strong contenders for a top four finish.
“I was happy with the team's overall performance and in particular Max’s contribution. It was not just the points he scored but the way he rode that heartened me. We know that he has the talent and he showed me tonight that he can mix it, and I hope that this is the turning point for him to repeat more of the same between now and the end of the season.”
In the Premier League, Ipswich have moved into third place with a 49-41 win at Rye House, despite operating rider-replacement for Gino Manzares and No.1 Richie Worrall suffering a disastrous meeting and failing to score.
Rohan Tungate (14+1) and Morten Risager (14) were big scorers for the visitors, whilst Edward Kennett and Jason Garrity both scored 11 for the hosts.
Rockets boss John Sampford said: “We were simply beaten by the better team on the night. Positives? Edward and Jason both rode well, and young Ollie (Greenwood) too. He continues to learn and to pick up points, some where you would not expect him too. But those were really the only pluses tonight.” 
Berwick overcame the absence of several key riders to defeat second-placed Somerset 49-43 at Shielfield Park, and are now fourth in the table with matches in hand on the teams around them.
Steen Jensen shot back to top form for the Bandits with a 17-point haul from six rides, whilst Oliver Allen scored 15 for the Rebels who collected an away point from the meeting thanks to a 4-2 in the last race when Allen got the better of Jensen with Nick Morris third.
Berwick boss John Anderson said: “Somerset gave us a serious challenge and perhaps one of the toughest this season, but even with guests and the like the desire to win was still at maximum power especially with Steen Jensen and his superb performance leading the way getting us two more league points – great stuff.”
Somerset manager Garry May said: “The boys really dug deep for this one, and although things may have looked a bit dicey at one stage, they never gave up and were rewarded with this away point. Olly and Nick were both magnificent throughout, but especially in that Heat 15.”
Workington got their battle to complete eighteen league fixtures in thirty days underway with a 50-45 home victory over Newcastle in a hard-fought encounter as the Diamonds came back from a twelve-point deficit to snatch a league point.
Comets boss Tony Jackson said: “It was disappointing to drop a home point but fair play to the Diamonds for making good use of their tactical rides. We would have taken all the points had Ricky Wells not shed a chain on the last corner in his third ride - but that’s speedway.
“Nevertheless, we were just pleased to get the match completed, in what was only our second home meeting since late June, especially after a delay of almost an hour waiting for a county ambulance to take Newcastle guest Danny Phillips to hospital following his Heat 2 crash and we then needed a second ambulance when a member of the public was taken ill, but hopefully both parties are okay.”
Meanwhile former Stoke rider Luke Chessell piled up 16-points on his return to Loomer Road with Devon, but was unable to prevent his side slipping to a 32-60 National League defeat with the visitors also losing No.1 Tim Webster to injury.

GLASGOW star Rusty Harrison insists his side can cope with the threat of Premier League title contender Somerset when the sides meet at Ashfield.
The Rebels are completing a three-day Northern tour which saw them collect a point at Berwick on Saturday.
Harrison hopes home track knowledge will play a part for the Tigers, who will be without French reserve Dimitri Berge due to the World Longtrack Championship.
Harrison said: “I don't think you can really disregard anyone coming to Glasgow - it's a fantastic racing track and I'm sure most would like to come and ride here. But we'll just hope we're that little bit better on the day and can nick the win and take all three points.
“I wouldn't look so much at their scores at home. As much as we've had some bad performances, they've had some bad performances as well. They got quite heavily beaten at Ipswich this year, whereas we drew there.”
Somerset boss Garry May said: “Hopefully we can be heading back to the West Country with some more points to our name to keep the pressure on at the top of the Premier League table.”
The Rebels trail Edinburgh by two points at the top of the table, although they have raced two more matches – and the Monarchs are also in action today as they visit Newcastle, who currently hold sixth place but are aware of the matches in hand of several of their rivals.
In the National League, Mildenhall host a double header with leaders Cradley and Scunthorpe both in action at West Row.
The Fen Tigers operate rider-replacement for the injured Josh Bates, whilst the Heathens are without Paul Starke and Steve Worrall due to Premier League commitments with Oliver Greenwood stepping in, whilst Luke Harris replaces reserve Danny Phillips, who suffered a crash at Workington on Saturday.
Mildenhall chairman Kevin Jolly said: “We really need to be on our game from the start on Sunday, if we are to overcome a powerful Cradley side. I feel there are two areas of the team that will play very significant roles for us.
“At reserve Jack (Kingston) and Connor (Mountain) will have a very big say in how this meeting pans out, both have impressed of late and we need more from them this weekend. With Josh missing only Brendan (Johnson), Connor (Coles) and the reserves can take a ride due to his currently low average which he is much better than. It is important for Brendan to be on his game Sunday.”
Cradley boss Will Pottinger said: “It's going to be a really tough meeting up at Mildenhall, especially without both of our top two. Paul and Steve are almost impossible to replace, but we've got Ollie guesting and he should do a good job for us.
“It's obviously going to be difficult, particularly without a full team, but we are going there hoping to come away with a win or at least a point.”
For the second half of the double header, Scunthorpe bring in Cameron Hoskins at reserve as Jack Hall has picked up a knock in a BMX accident – whilst Scottish rider Ryan MacDonald races at West Row before heading home to report for jury service on Monday morning!
Meanwhile Buxton host Kent at the Hi-Edge Raceway with the Kings able to move into second position in the table with a positive result in the first of two matches in two days between the sides.
Buxton star Adam Extance said: “I was raring to go last weekend at Coventry (for the rained-off NL Fours) especially on the back of that great win against Devon. I really feel we should fear no-one on our home track for the rest of the season.”

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BRITISH BRIEFS
UK NEWS - 17 August, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

LAKESIDE added three more points to their Elite League total with a comfortable 59-31 win over Belle Vue at Purfleet.
The third-placed Hammers were led by Lewis Bridger with 13+1 whilst Fast Track reserve Ben Morley scored a four-ride paid maximum. Scott Nicholls top-scored for the Aces with ten points.
Edinburgh have returned to the top of the Premier League after turning the tables on Somerset at Armadale.
The Monarchs won 55-39 to avenge their 35-57 defeat at the Oaktree Arena earlier in the week with Sam Masters scoring 14 despite blowing an engine in the pits prior to the meeting.
Edinburgh boss Alex Harkess said: “That wasn’t a bad show was it? A very good performance by everyone and once we took the lead, I never felt concerned that we were in any difficulty.”
Somerset manager Garry May said: “Just as Edinburgh found it tough going at our place on Wednesday, so did we here. Like us, Edinburgh have a superb home record and they showed just why.
“It was never going to be an easy take to come here and take any points away with us, but things have worked out pretty even over the two matches between ourselves and Edinburgh, so looking at the bigger picture of the league table, neither side has lost or gained anything on each other.”
Meanwhile Plymouth survived a late revival by Rye House to take all three match points with a 54-41 victory in Friday’s Premier League match at the St Boniface Arena.
The Devils led by 20-points with five races to go but the Rockets hit back to challenge for a league point before Ben Barker and Kyle Newman wrapped things up for the home side in Heat 15 after Edward Kennett had fallen.
Devils boss Lee Trigger said: “We let the Rockets back in with a sniff of getting something from the final heat. Rye House may be towards the bottom of the league, but they have a number of Plymouth track specialists in their team.
“It was pleasing that the final score proved to be a comfortable win and it remains our target to take the maximum three points from all of our remaining home meetings.”
Rye House promoter Len Silver said: “We scored 41, but we certainly deserved more than that. I’m not saying that we would have won, but we put on a very healthy show.
“Edward led the way again, and there were good wins from Steve (Boxall) and Jason (Garrity), as well as another very pleasing performance from young Olly (Greenwood).”
Scunthorpe’s home match against Sheffield was abandoned after eight races due to rain with the Scorpions 30-18 up, whilst the weather also interfered with the Elite League action at Brandon, with the match between Coventry and Eastbourne postponed.

EASTBOURNE boss Trevor Geer is calling on his side to maintain their form at home when Coventry visit Arlington on Saturday.
The Eagles boast the only remaining unbeaten home record in the Elite League as they host the Bees, after a planned meeting between the two clubs at Brandon on Friday was rained-off.
Geer said: “There are no easy matches now. We must take maximum points from our last four home matches and the boys must ride as they did against Swindon in the home fixture on Monday.”
Third-placed Lakeside make the trip to Leicester, who are looking for a fourth successive home win to continue their improvement since mid-season team changes – having come out on top in several close matches.
Lions boss Norrie Allan said: “We are expecting another tight finish against Lakeside who are challenging for a place in the play-offs and they need the points to maintain their position in the top four, and that goes for us too as we want to build upon our recent good run of form.”
In the Premier League, Berwick have moved up to third place after an impressive recent run, and they now host Somerset who lost top spot when they were beaten at Edinburgh on Friday.
The Bandits are forced into some changes with David Bellego and Matej Kus on international duty and Matthew Wethers injured, meaning there are guest call-ups for Thomas Jorgensen and Anders Thomsen.
Ipswich are two points behind the Bandits, although they have raced four more fixtures, as they head into a local clash at Rye House who are still battling to move clear of the lower reaches of the table.
Rockets promoter Len Silver said: “It is going to be a tough match indeed. Ipswich are a good team and they go very well around our place – but we are more than capable of getting the win.”
Workington have the most matches in hand of any Premier League club, having completed just ten fixtures so far, and they host a Newcastle side who hold the final play-off place at present but who need points on the road with 21 matches already raced.
In the National League fifth-placed Stoke face Devon, who are two places and six points behind, at Loomer Road.

KENT have confirmed a new date is to be agreed for the British Under-19 Final at Central Park.
Fixture clashes for several of the competing riders mean the planned event on September 1 will not take place with Adam Ellis, Josh Bates and Max Clegg all affected.
Kent promoter Len Silver said: “With these absentees should the original scheduled date have gone ahead, this would be akin to having a senior British Final without (Tai) Woffinden, (Chris) Harris and (Scott) Nicholls and would have badly damaged the credibility of the meeting. 
“We waited for confirmation that Elite League fixtures do take precedence in a fixture clash of this kind and now that has been confirmed we have reluctantly acceded to the request to cancel this meeting on September 1.
“As soon as an alternative staging date has been confirmed we shall be letting everyone know – I’m hoping to be able to confirm a new date over the next couple of days.”

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BRITISH BRIEFS
UK NEWS - 16 August, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

POOLE sent out a major statement of intent by inflicting the first home defeat of the season on Elite League leaders King’s Lynn at the Norfolk Arena.
The reigning champions pulled back from eight points down to take the honours 49-41 for all four league points, moving them to within six of the Stars in the table.
Former Lynn riders Darcy Ward (11+1) and Maciej Janowski (9+1) led the way, whilst Niels-Kristian Iversen (11) won three races for the hosts.
Poole promoter Matt Ford said: “Results like that are just ones you dream of. It was an incredible turnaround and one to be hugely proud of. The lads were just magnificent.
“We had a torrid journey up there but when you witness a team ride like the Pirates did, you can only think that it was well worth it.”
Swindon moved back into the play-off places with a resounding 56-36 win over Eastbourne at the Abbey Stadium.
The Robins turned the tables on the Eagles after losing at Arlington on Monday, with skipper Troy Batchelor winning four of his five races and reserves Nathan Greaves and guest Jason Garrity both involved in 5-1s over top-five opposition riders.
Batchelor said: “Dak (North) was on fire today and there were a lot of positives. We got whooped on Monday but we came back strong.
“We’ve got a busy month coming up so we just need to keep on rolling. It was a good night for me and hopefully I can keep that going after I get back from the Grand Prix for Monday night.”
Eastbourne boss Trevor Geer said: “I expected more, to be honest. We should have got at least a point as we did in the A fixture.”
Scunthorpe and Cradley man Matt Williamson won the Julie Lewis Trophy at Redcar, defeating Ben Morley (Lakeside/Kent), Luke Chessell (Devon) and Brendan Johnson (Mildenhall) in the Final.

LAKESIDE are seeking to protect third place in the Elite League table when they host Belle Vue at Purfleet on Friday.
The Hammers missed out at Poole earlier in the week despite being in touch for most of the meeting, and now head Swindon on points-difference although they have two matches in hand.
Promoter Jon Cook said: “It's the business end of the season now and we can't allow any slip-ups. The Aces may be at the wrong end of the table but we need to use this meeting as a springboard to take away points in our forthcoming meetings (at Leicester on Saturday and the return at Belle Vue on Monday).
“To do that we must cut out the machinery problems and, at times, the poor team riding that cost us a great chance of taking something away from Poole last Wednesday evening.”
At Brandon, the two teams just outside the play-off places meet as Coventry host Eastbourne at the start of two matches in two nights between the clubs.
The Bees, who still have eight home meetings to complete, bring in Rory Schlein and Joe Jacobs to guest, whilst Eagles asset Simon Gustafsson makes an appearance for his parent club.
Coventry promoter Mick Horton said: “This is a huge weekend for the club. We’ve been starved of Elite League racing over the last few weeks but it’s a very busy month or so ahead now, and it’s very important that we pick up points.
“We’re pleased to welcome Rory and JJ in to guest for us, and with an all-round effort from the riders we can certainly get the result.”
Eastbourne boss Trevor Geer said: “It is important we pick up some more points on the road. We have Simon Gustafsson guesting for us at Coventry in place of Bjarne Pedersen and that’s one of Simon’s favourite tracks.”
In the Premier League, new leaders Somerset start their Northern tour at Edinburgh – the side they replaced at the summit after their victory when the teams met at the Oaktree Arena earlier this week.
Rebels boss Garry May said: “We can now go on our three-match tour [of Edinburgh, Berwick and Glasgow] this weekend with the confidence of this win behind us, and while I expect Edinburgh to be a different proposition when we race at their place on Friday night, we are looking to come back from that tour with some further points to add to our tally.”
Scunthorpe are fifth in the table and will look to move further clear of the chasing pack when they host local rivals Sheffield at the Eddie Wright Raceway.
The Scorpions return to full strength with recent appendicitis victim Josh Auty back for the first time in over a month, whilst the injury-hit Tigers have Nico Covatti making his debut with guest appearances for Mark Lemon and Liam Carr.
Scunthorpe owner Rob Godfrey said: “I think we’re in for a terrific match tonight. Sheffield No.1 Simon Stead flies around here, and the clashes between him and our lads will be worth the admission money alone.
“We’re hoping that the Tigers fans will make the short journey up to the Eddie Wright Raceway. It’s their first chance to see Nico Covatti riding for them.”
Sheffield co-promoter Peter Mole said: “Mark Lemon is a great guy and I’m sure he will give his very best for the team, it’s been a nightmare with the injuries but we have to keep on going. I’m sure a few of our fans will fancy going along, we always enjoy racing against Scunthorpe.”
Plymouth will be looking for their fourth successive home win when they take on Rye House at the St Boniface Arena in a clash between two sides level on 15 points in the league table.
Devils co-promoter David Short said: “Rye House were on the wrong end of a huge defeat at Somerset last Friday. But that does not mean it is going to be an easy task. The Rockets have a good team with an able management, so we will need to be at our best.”

PETERBOROUGH newcomer Richard Hall is keen to make up for lost time having rejoined the club he helped to the Elite League title back in 2006.
Hall has been out of domestic racing since picking up a suspension in April for striking a rival rider whilst racing for Redcar.
He said: “I was delighted when Peterborough got in touch and it was easy to do a deal. I couldn’t be more excited about coming back to a club and a track that I love.
“I’m hungry to get back racing again after missing most of this season. The incident earlier in the year has been well documented and I’ve apologised for it many times. Now I just want to focus on scoring points, boosting my average and helping Panthers to win things.”

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BRITISH BRIEFS
UK NEWS - 15 August, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

POOLE consolidated second place in the Elite League table with a 53-37 home win over Lakeside – in a meeting which was much closer than the final scoreline suggests.
The Hammers held an early lead at Wimborne Road and produced seven of the first 11 heat winners, at which point they only trailed 32-34.
However, the Pirates finished strongly with three successive 5-1s and a 4-2 to pull clear, with Maciej Janowski top-scoring on 12+1 and Vaclav Milik and Kyle Newman both collecting paid-11.
Poole promoter Matt Ford said: “We knew that it was not going to be easy and the outcome of the meeting was in the balance for so long. Lakeside made us really work and I am pleased with the manner in which we responded.
“What was pleasing was the standard of racing but it takes two teams to make that happen and so fair play to the Hammers. They certainly weren't 16 points worse than us but we had some real potency in those final four heats.”
Somerset have taken over at the top of the Premier League with a 57-35 win over previous leaders Edinburgh, with home skipper Olly Allen scoring a 12-point maximum.
A close contest at the halfway stage saw the Rebels only four points up, but they then outscored the Monarchs 31-13 over the finals seven races to hand the visitors their biggest defeat of the season.
Somerset boss Garry May said: “This was an absolutely stunning all-round team performance by the boys. They really wanted to move into that top spot in the League table, and they certainly did that in style.
“Edinburgh are a top-notch side, as their results so far this season prove, but we were on top form and fully deserved our victory, our final winning margin being a measure of how well all the boys rode.”
Meanwhile Edward Kennett scored his first maximum since returning to Rye House this season, his 15-point score headlining a 49-41 win over Newcastle at Hoddesdon which moves the Rockets off the foot of the table.
Kennett said: “It was great to finally get there. I’ve been scoring 13s and 14s but couldn’t quite finish it off until now. Everything was working really well and I was making good starts.”
Newcastle boss George English said: “It was another match we could have won, but yet again with lost points it was a match we couldn't manage to take even one League point which is exceedingly disappointing.”

KING’S Lynn and Poole hold the top two places in the Elite League ahead of their meeting at the Norfolk Arena on Thursday.
The Stars go into the clash at full strength whilst the Pirates bring in Chris Harris to guest for Przemyslaw Pawlicki, who is involved in the Polish Final.
Swindon are going for their fifth consecutive home win as they host Eastbourne at the Abbey Stadium looking to turn the tables after a 40-53 defeat at Arlington on Monday.
That result puts the Eagles back into the play-off places, and the Robins will look to respond with Hans Andersen and Jason Garrity guesting for the injured Peter Kildemand and the unavailable Steve Worrall.
Swindon captain Troy Batchelor said: “Our win against Lakeside last week was a great result. It was a really good performance by the boys and a big three points.
“Hopefully we can start to perform like that more consistently, because if we can I think we can finish the season really strongly.”
Eastbourne are now entering a run of three matches in three days, and boss Trevor Geer believes their home win over the Robins was the perfect springboard.
Geer said: “The lads rose to the challenge against and really fought for every point. The way they rode showed you how much they want to get into the play offs. I thought there was some real steel and determination in the way they went about their business.”
In the Premier League, Sheffield hand a debut to Nico Covatti and bring in David Bellego and James Sarjeant as guests with Andre Compton, Leigh Lanham and Josh Bates still ruled out due to injury.
The Tigers host second-placed Edinburgh, and co-promoter Peter Mole said: “It was a fantastic atmosphere last week, it was very noisy and the fans were very supportive. I hope they bring back their air horns and flags for this meeting, we really appreciate their support.
“With all our team injury problems, the support of the crowd has been a boost in the early stages of our management.”
Meanwhile Redcar have reduced admission prices to £10 as the youngsters take centre stage in the Julie Lewis Memorial meeting, an event won last year by Brady Kurtz who is now starring at Premier League level for Somerset.

PETERBOROUGH have signed Richard Hall, Adam Roynon and Max Dilger in a major team revamp at the East of England Showground.
The Panthers had been hit by long-term injuries for Ryan Fisher and Lewis Blackbird, whilst reserve Joe Jacobs also makes way in the changes.
Manager Carl Johnson said: “Richard, Adam and Max all arrive with something to prove and I’m sure we will reap the benefit of that. I believe they will help us to become a solid team which can hopefully score plenty of points home and away.
“We have a fair bit of ground to make up on the teams in the play-off places, but we have several meetings in hand and need to make the most of them. All three of the new guys need to hit the ground running and they are well aware of that fact. It is a hugely important and exciting time in the season.”

BERWICK star Matthew Wethers has been allowed home after his horrific crash in Heat 14 of the Bandits’ Premier League clash with Edinburgh on Tuesday.
Wethers is awaiting the results of x-rays amidst fears of a possible pelvic fracture, for which there would be no treatment apart from total rest.
The home rider crashed with the Monarchs’ Aaron Fox, who escaped with no broken bones but requires a period of rest due to concussion.

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BARTOSZ'S BIG NIGHT IN GORZOW
SGP NEWS - 14 August, 2014
Story by FIM Speedway Grand Prix

Local hero Bartosz Zmarzlik takes on the sport’s biggest stars again when he returns as Gorzow FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland wild card at the Edward Jancarz Stadium on August 30.

Zmarzlik may be one of Gorzow’s junior riders in the Polish Ekstraliga, but he is no stranger to beating the World Championship’s finest. He made his SGP debut with a phenomenal third place at Gorzow in 2012, before bagging a respectable six points in last year’s event.

The 19-year-old, who also rides for Vetlanda and briefly appeared for British club Birmingham, is one of Poland’s brightest rising stars.

He will be keen to enhance that reputation with another big performance on the track where he learnt his trade.

Zmarzlik is joined at the Edward Jancarz Stadium by Gorzow team mates and track reserves Adrian Cyfer and Lukasz Kaczmarek.

Cyfer lines up at No.17, while Kaczmarek dons the No.18 race jacket as they await the chance to replace any competitors who are forced to miss a ride through injury, illness, a starting offence or other reasons.

The referee in Gorzow is Jesper Steentoft from Denmark.

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BRITISH BRIEFS
UK NEWS - 14 August, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

EASTBOURNE moved back above Swindon and into the Elite League’s top four with a 53-40 win over the Robins at Arlington on Monday.
Joonas Kylmakorpi returned to form for the Eagles with 12 points, including three race wins, whilst Bjarne Pedersen dropped just one point from five rides as the home side took the honours despite a stunning show at reserve from Swindon’s Steve Worrall.
The Fast Track rider scored 13 (paid 14) including wins later in the meeting over home top-five riders Timo Lahti and then Kylmakorpi.
Eastbourne boss Trevor Geer said: “I thought Swindon would push us all the way and with Lewis Blackbird injured I was convinced we would have a real battle.
“I am delighted that the whole team rose to the challenge and battled for every point. It was great to see Joonas Kylmakorpi winning races again. He had a new engine from Peter Johns and was outstanding.”
Swindon manager Alun Rossiter said: “Steve was absolutely outstanding and Dak (North) rode very well, but we carried a few too many passengers. We just weren’t quite quick enough from the gate on a lot of occasions.”
In the National League, Kent raced to a 69-23 win over Scunthorpe with Ben Morley top-scoring on 17+1.
Stags boss Richard Hollingsworth said: “We knew this was going to be a tough meeting for the lads.   All our lads worked hard to master the track. It was a shame Arron Mogridge fell leading Heat 11, otherwise we could have taken a 5-2 in that race. He was riding a blinder until he came down.”
Birmingham won the Retro Fours at Wolverhampton, finishing six points clear of the home side with Cradley in third place and Oxford fourth.
Ben Barker top-scored for the Brummies but fell in the individual Gary Peterson Memorial Trophy race, with Ricky Wells taking that prize.
Birmingham boss Jack Lee said: “It was great to have the chance to get my Birmingham coat on again, and for the boys to come away with the win was the icing on the cake really.
“It's a shame there isn't going to be any more Birmingham for this year, but hopefully we will be back on track in 2015.”

BERWICK face leaders Edinburgh in a big Premier League clash at Shielfield Park on Tuesday.
The Monarchs are currently seven points ahead of the fourth-placed Bandits in the table with both sides having completed 15 matches.
Berwick are offering reduced admission of £10, with children free, for the televised meeting following the success of their appearance on Sky Sports last season.
Meanwhile, National League leaders Cradley are looking to extend their winning run to 12 matches when they host Mildenhall at Monmore Green.
The Heathens operate rider-replacement for Steve Worrall as he is racing at Berwick, whilst Josh Bates and Jack Kingston miss out for the Fen Tigers.
Cradley boss Will Pottinger said: “Just like any home meeting we are going in looking to get all three points. We are missing Steve Worrall which is a blow, but they are also missing a couple of riders so we need to take advantage of that.
“It will be a tough meeting but hopefully everyone can pull together to put in another good performance and we can keep our winning run going.”

BERWICK took maximum points over Premier League leaders Edinburgh at Shielfield Park in a match marred by an horrific crash in Heat 14.
Home rider Matthew Wethers clipped the rear wheel of the Monarchs’ Aaron Fox, causing both to fall with Wethers flying over the fence. He suffered a sore hip and concussion.
The meeting itself saw the Bandits race into a 39-21 lead after ten races only for the Monarchs to fight back strongly, and their 5-0 in the re-run of Heat 14 – with Alex Edberg having already come to grief – took the match to a last-heat decider at 43-40.
But David Bellego and Matej Kus secured a 5-1 in the finale over Craig Cook and Justin Sedgmen to leave the final score at 48-41 and give Berwick all three points as they moved up to third place in the table.
Bandits boss John Anderson said: “This was a superb match with a superb result, that had the edge completely wiped off it with that horrendous crash in Heat 14 which saw Matty fly over the fence.
“We know he was complaining of hip pain, and we await to hear the full extent of his injury and wish him well for a good recovery as we do indeed equally to Aaron Fox who also needed treatment, but that overshadowed the match and the result which paled into insignificance.”

POOLE promoter Matt Ford has described his team’s current run of form as “superb” – as the Pirates prepare to host play-off rivals Lakeside at Wimborne Road.
The Pirates go into the meeting second in the Elite League table, with the visitors one place and six points behind, with a match in hand.
Ford said: “There is a lot left to do this year, nothing has been won yet and it there will be many more twists and turns flowing between now and the end of the season, of that I am certain.
“But equally, I have always endeavoured to speak candidly. And it must be said, we have been superb. I have seen some sensational displays in my time but Middlo’s (Neil Middleditch) men have been on fire. Fantastic is the one word that can describe our performances both at Wolves and at home last week.”
In the Premier League, the top two teams clash at the Oaktree Arena – and Somerset can take over from Edinburgh at the summit if they take maximum points from the meeting.
Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock said: “We really want the Oaktree Arena to be full of Somerset fans. We have had some real classic matches against the Monarchs over the past few seasons, and this match has all the hallmarks of it being another to add to that list.
“Outside of the actual play-offs, matches don’t come any bigger than this. Our boys have been excellent all year, especially at home, and have hit a good run of form which has taken us into second place, hot on the heels of the Monarchs, so the call is for all Somerset fans to get to the Oaktree Arena on Wednesday and get right behind the team for this top of the table clash.”
Rye House also race a midweek fixture at home, with Newcastle making the trip to Hoddesdon as the Rockets look to get off the bottom of the table, whilst the Diamonds need points on the road to maintain their top six place.
Rockets boss John Sampford said: “They are a better side than their League record may suggest, with the likes of Danny King, Stuart Robson, Ludvig Lindgren and last year’s rider of the year Lewis Kerr in there.
“We’ll be coming out fighting, though. We really want to prove what might have been last Saturday, and that this side can get results against the better teams.”

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Polish racer Krzysztof Kasprzak admits engine tuner Peter Johns has “changed my career” after powering to his second SGP success of 2014 in the Rietumu Bank Latvian FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Daugavpils.

Special KK completed an extraordinary week, which saw him become Polish champ for the first time at Zielona Gora on Thursday, by rocketing around Greg Hancock on the first lap of the final. This was after battling through the pain of a leg injury suffered in a horrifying opening-heat crash.

The 30-year-old topped the rostrum ahead of Nicki Pedersen, who passed the American for second spot, while Hancock moved into a five-point lead over Tai Woffinden at the World Championship summit with third place and a superb 16 points.

Kasprzak started the season with third place in Auckland and the first SGP win of his career at Bydgoszcz in April.
Latvian FIM Speedway Grand Prix winner,
Krzysztof Kasprzak.