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DANIEL Nermark is hoping to be back from injury in time for the Premier League Riders' Championship at Sheffield next month.And if he can make the September 21 date he will be aiming to complete a hat-trick of major event wins in the Super 7even series for Workington.Nermark, the former Edinburgh and King's Lynn Premier League star, has been in fine form for the Comets until his injury at Redcar which could have ended his season.But hopes are high that he'll be back in time for the Owlerton date in a bid to add to the Premier League Fours and Pairs successes.Workington owner Keith Denham said: "It was a pleasant surpri! se when we were told Daniel's season wasn't over."Hopefully he'll be back to full fitness and he can get back in the points like we all know he can."Sheffield will be represented by skipper Andre Compton, a former winner of the event. Full details of the line-up will be announced when known.

SUPER 7EVEN DATES AND VENUES:BRITISH UNDER-21 FINAL: Arena-Essex, Friday April 25 - TAI WOFFINDENBRITISH FINAL: Swindon, Thursday May 29 - SCOTT NICHOLLSPREMIER LEAGUE PAIRS: Somerset, Friday June 27 - WORKINGTONPREMIER LEAGUE FOURS: Workington, Saturday July 26 - WORKINGTONELITE LEAGUE BEST PAIRS: Swindon, Sunday August 17 - COVENTRYELITE LEAGUE RIDERS' CHAMPIONSHIP: Birmingham, Wednesday August 20 - 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE RIDERS' CHAMPIONSHIP: Sheffield, Sunday September 21 - 3.30 or


BELLE VUE star Jason Crump said the Aces' inconsistency was s! hown up in their weather-affected defeat at Poole, with the Australian refusing to blame the weather.Crump said: "The conditions were the same for everyone. It's a nightmare really when you're a rider, but we got to Heat 13 and got a result."It's been frustrating for us as a team this season because sometimes we show really good form and other times we don't, but that's the way it is and we've got to deal with it."

COVENTRY duo Chris Harris and Hans Andersen celebrated victory in the Elite League Pairs at Swindon, defeating the home combination of Leigh Adams and Mads Korneliussen in the Final.Harris said: "With the season that Coventry are having this year it's nice to get a bit of silverware in the cabinet, and hopefully this will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season."We're stronger now with Hans in the team and I think we'll surprise a few people for the rest of the season."

EASTBOURNE plan to make a further statement this week! concerning the future of Lewis Bridger, who was involved in discussions with management and senior riders after the home defeat against Ipswich on Saturday which virtually ended their play-off hopes.Skipper Lee Richardson said: "Ipswich have really strengthened by bringing in Rory Schlein and they were the better team. "It's done and dusted for the play-offs. I thought it was after we lost at Coventry but to lose again at home, it's finished now."

IPSWICH newcomer Rory Schlein says the Witches can build on their weekend win at Eastbourne and push for a place in the Elite League's top two.Schlein said: "We came here to win and put pressure on the top two and see if we can get that home leg. That's what we are going to be doing from here on in."This puts us above Eastbourne and takes a bit of pressure off, but we won't take the foot off the pedal yet because anything can happen. This year so many people have lost at home and dropped points so we wi! ll keep putting the pressure on the top two."

LAKESIDE manager Jon Cook feels the Hammers may need at least one more away win to cement a top two finish and make sure of home advantage in the play-off semi-finals.Cook said: "We have to wait and see what both Swindon and Ipswich do away from home but both those teams need to win their remaining fixtures to go past us if we win our remaining home fixtures, and both have to visit Poole. "If we are able to pick up any points in our final away matches we will take a little pressure off ourselves. It’s another important week for the club."

PETERBOROUGH'S Czech star Lukas Dryml is pleased to once again have the Showground as his home base after agreeing to re-join the club for the rest of the season.Dryml said: "I love the Showground and I think I can get plenty around there. It is one of my best tracks, and hopefully it will not take me too long to get used to it again."I have different engines t! o last season but I am sure I will soon find a good set-up. I am sure I can do whatever (manager) Trevor Swales expects of me."

POOLE star Adam Skornicki was pleased to see the team put a home setback behind them to see off Belle Vue in difficult conditions at Wimborne Road.The Polish Champion said: "I was a little bit disappointed with my second ride because I got excluded but my two 5-1s with Bjarne (Pedersen) were good."The main thing is we won as a team, especially after last week's home draw against Coventry in the cup. We were a little bit worried about tonight but everything went good so we are really happy."

SWINDON will stage a 'Summer of Speed' family day at Blunsdon on Thursday ahead of their Elite League fixture with Coventry. Gates open at 5.30pm with plenty of off-track entertainment planned.Robins chief Alun Rossiter said: "So many positive things have happened for the club since our last home meeting against Poole. My message to the ! fans is come along on Thursday and celebrate the recent achievements of the club."However, the team must maintain their focus and concentrate on getting a result against Coventry. The strengthening the Bees have done in the last fortnight certainly means they will pose stern opposition so we need to operate professionally and gate well to ensure we collect the points."

WOLVERHAMPTON skipper Fredrik Lindgren said there was a feeling of relief at Monmore Green after the home side edged out fierce rivals Coventry in a close local derby.Lindgren said: "Coventry have always done well against us in the last few seasons and we've beaten them, it feels good and I get the feeling it's just the kind of result we all needed at the club."It was a good meeting with a close scoreline and the track was good after all the rain they had over the weekend, we're all thrilled to get the right result."


BERWICK have confirmed their ! association with the Alexander Brothers' Golden Years Tour, featuring Scotland's leading international entertainers, with their performance at Victoria Hall in Selkirk on September 14.Bandits promoter Peter Waite said: "We are looking forward to seeing a packed hall on the 14th and that many of those enjoying the music will also be speedway fans. This association will benefit us both and we’ll all in for a great night out as well."

BIRMINGHAM promoter Graham Drury has apologised to supporters for the Brummies' showing in the first leg of the Premier Trophy Final at Edinburgh, where they went down by a massive 41-point margin.Drury said: "We were beaten by the much better team on the night, end of story. We were never at the races after the first heat and I'd like to apologise to the fans who made the trip to support us. They deserved a better show from our lads and it just didn't happen."

EDINBURGH boss John Campbell said the Monarchs' 14-point defeat a! t Workington on Saturday was by no means disastrous to their title aspirations.Campbell said: "The Workington riders were very attuned to their own circuit and it came down to having the right set-up especially with conditions so slick. Their rider Kauko Nieminen looked world class for instance. We just have to shrug our shoulders and move on."

GLASGOW skipper Shane Parker is desperate to make up for lost time after a lengthy injury and illness absence when he makes his comeback for the Tigers this week.Parker said: "I have been going up the wall over the past few months and I just can't wait to get going again. I know that I have missed the bulk of the season but I intend to hit the ground running. It's now time that I make up for the past four months."

ISLE OF WIGHT skipper Jason Bunyan has reflected on an eventful career in the sport so far as he celebrates his Testimonial event at the Smallbrook Stadium.Bunyan said: "I don't know what the bigges! t highlight has been - it's the whole thing really, and I wouldn't change that. I don't want this to be a stopping point and have to pick out a highlight now - presumably there are still highlights to come."

KING'S LYNN manager Rob Lyon is predicting some exciting action when the Stars continue their bid to put pressure on the Premier League's top two in their home match against Glasgow.Lyon said: "Having five Australians in their team will boost everybody’s morale. King’s Lynn is one of Shane Parker's favourite tracks, he has a great on-track rivalry with Tomas Topinka and I’d imagine they will have some great races."

MILDENHALL promoter Simon Barton struggled to take any positives from yet another heavy home defeat, this time at the hands of Rye House.Barton said: "It’s been a terrible season, and everything we do doesn’t seem to improve us. Having said that, it was great to see Casper (Wortmann) return, and I am sure he will improve as he gai! ns more competitive experience. Barrie Evans tried extremely hard but found it tough going after a month's rest from racing."

NEWCASTLE fear that Christian Henry's season could be over after he crashed in his first ride at Redcar and suffered further damage to a shoulder injury which recently caused him to take a three-week absence.Manager George English said: "Christian’s absence from his last three rides made the final scoreline a bit lopsided, but the better team won without a doubt. We are back to square one with regard to Christian and can only use rider replacement for him."

READING promoter Malcolm Holloway has undergone surgery for a triple heart bypass and is looking forward to resuming his position at Smallmead.Holloway said: "I’ve obviously been instructed to take it easy for a while and I will be doing that, but I’ll still be keeping a close eye on what the Racers are doing. Everyone has been so supportive since my initial heart attack ! and whilst I’ve been in hospital, so I’d like to pass on my utmost thanks to them during this very difficult time."

REDCAR'S young Australian Ty Proctor collected his first 15-point maximum in British speedway as the Bears romped to a convincing win over local rivals Newcastle.Proctor said: "I’ve been saying all day that I was going to get a maximum. I was very determined to do it. It’s coming slowly - I think there’s plenty more in the tank. It’s wicked!"

RYE HOUSE star Stefan Ekberg is not concerned by the Rockets' KO Cup switch which sees them travel to Somerset for the first leg after a recent postponed tie at Hoddesdon.Ekberg said: "It doesn't really matter to the team. If the first leg had taken place we'd have pressure on us to build a big lead and go to Somerset to defend it. Now the pressure is on us to keep things close away and make sure we get enough points to win back at home."

SCUNTHORPE'S popular Swede Viktor Bergstrom is a! lready setting his sights on remaining with the Scorpions in 2009.Bergstrom said: "I’ve had some awesome help from fans. In Sweden if you crash no-one helps you with your bike. It’s been awesome the money fans have given me to mend my bike. Next season I hope to be at Scunny because I really like the club. I'm feeling good and I want to stay."

SHEFFIELD promoter Neil Machin says he has been impressed with the Tigers' recent turnaround in form with two away wins igniting their hopes of a strong finish to the season.Machin said: "I've been our fiercest critic when things have been going wrong so I'm prepared to put my hand up and say how well we've been riding in the last fortnight, credit where it's due."

SOMERSET skipper Simon Walker says the home leg on Friday will be crucial to the Rebels' hopes of Knockout Cup success over Rye House.Walker said: "Both teams have been fairly dominant on their own track, so a lot will depend on how much of a le! ad we can build up for the second leg. It should be a cracker of a meeting and I urge all the Somerset fans out there to get along to the Oak Tree Arena for this one and really get behind the team."

STOKE promoter Dave Tattum has been left counting the cost of a series of postponements, the latest of which came less than an hour before the scheduled start of Saturday's clash with the Isle of Wight.Tattum said: "It is starting to have an effect on club finances and the riders productivity. We have worked all week to get the track ready and everything sorted and it is so frustrating to see the rain come a couple of hours before start time."

WORKINGTON boss Ian Thomas says the Comets will go into their forthcoming Knockout Cup semi-final with Edinburgh in good heart after the recent league matches against the Monarchs.Thomas said: "To be blunt we were pathetic at Edinburgh and I honestly can’t see us being that bad again. We also had a fair bit of bad luc! k in that meeting. I think we have a fair chance of coming out on top over the two legs, but I have a feeling they will be closer than the two League matches."


THURSDAY AUGUST 21:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Ipswich v Wolverhampton 7.30, Peterborough v Lakeside 7.30, Swindon v Coventry 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Redcar v Glasgow 7.30, Sheffield v Birmingham 7.45

FRIDAY AUGUST 22:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry v Peterborough 8pm, Lakeside v Wolverhampton 8pmPREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Berwick 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP: Somerset v Rye House 7.30CONFERENCE LEAGUE: Boston v Redcar 7.30, Plymouth v Weymouth 7.30

SATURDAY AUGUST 23:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Eastbourne v Poole 7.30! PREMIER LEAGUE: Berwick v Workington 7pm, Stoke v Rye House 7.30CONFERENCE LEAGUE: Rye House v Sittingbourne 7pm, Weymouth v Scunthorpe 7.15

SUNDAY AUGUST 24:PREMIER LEAGUE: Birmingham v Sheffield 6pm, Glasgow v Stoke 4pm, Mildenhall v King's Lynn 4.30CONFERENCE LEAGUE: Buxton v Plymouth 3pm, Sittingbourne v Rye House 12pmTYNE/TEES TROPHY: Newcastle v Redcar 5.30

MONDAY AUGUST 25:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry v Ipswich 4.30, Poole v Peterborough 6pm, Wolverhampton v Belle Vue 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Scunthorpe v Glasgow 3pm, Reading v King's Lynn 6pm, Rye House v Stoke 2pm, Workington v Berwick 7pmPREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP: Rye House v Somerset (follows PL fixture)CONFERENCE LEAGUE: Scunthorpe v Plymouth (follows PL fixture)


WEDNESDAY AUGUST 27:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Wolverhampton 7.30, Poole! v Swindon 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Birmingham v Mildenhall 7.45, King's Lynn v Stoke 7.30, Somerset v Edinburgh 7.30

THURSDAY AUGUST 28:PREMIER LEAGUE: Sheffield v Rye House 7.45TYNE/TEES TROPHY: Redcar v Sheffield 7.30

FRIDAY AUGUST 29:PREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Somerset 7.30, Scunthorpe v Stoke 7.30CONFERENCE LEAGUE: Plymouth v Buxton 7.30

SATURDAY AUGUST 30:ELITE LEAGUE KOC: Eastbourne v Lakeside 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Berwick v Somerset 7pm, Rye House v Birmingham 7pm, Stoke v Edinburgh 7.30, Workington v Glasgow 7pmCONFERENCE LEAGUE: Redcar v Sittingbourne 3pm, Weymouth v Buxton 7.15

SUNDAY AUGUST 31:PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Berwick 4pm, Mildenhall v Reading 4.30, Newcastle v Rye House 5.30CONFERENCE TROPHY FINAL: Boston v Plymouth 7pm

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 1:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Coventry 7.30, Peterborough v Swindon 7.30, Wolverhampton v Ipswich ! 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Reading v Scunthorpe 7.30


WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 3:PREMIER LEAGUE: Birmingham v Somerset 7.45, King's Lynn v Isle of Wight 7.30