Speedway News and Fixtures

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EASTBOURNE made a winning start to the Elite League season by defeating Belle Vue 55-40 at Arlington.Eagles promoter Mike Bellerby took plenty of positives from the home side’s display, with each of his riders scoring between six and eleven points, with Lewis Bridger leading the way despite a first ride fall.Bellerby said: “This proved to be a night that ticked all the boxes for us, a great result against Belle Vue in front of our biggest opening night crowd in many years.“I appreciate there has been the one match ridden, but nevertheless this puts us top of the Elite League table, and that is just where we intend to stay.”

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WOLVERHAMPTON are playing their part in a bumper weekend of activities for Sport Relief 2012.Today, Sunday, the club hosts the first ever Speedway Sport Relief Mile and over 200 participants have signed up – including Wolves team member Ty Proctor.Said Proctor: “This is a fantastic way of helping such a good cause as well as spreading the word about the club and the sport.”

(SPEEDWAY 3)SOMERSET have moved to sign Robin Aspegren on a temporary basis as cover for the unavailable Jason Doyle.Aspegren comes in because the Rebels cannot be certain that their No.1 will have his visa issues resolved in time for their League Cup opener at Ipswich on Thursday.Promoter Debbie Hancock said: “We didn’t have time on our side as you have to make a rider change 72 hours prior to a match, which would mean Monday evening in this particular case. “So if we left matters in the hope that Doyley got his visa in time and it then transpired that there was a further hold-up, we would have no other alternative but to go into the Ipswich matches with a National League rider at No.1.”

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LEIGH Lanham signed off from his short-term stint with Rye House by scoring paid-12 in the Rockets’ Premier League opener against Sheffield.Lanham, who is to rejoin parent club Ipswich next week to ease their injury crisis, helped the Hoddesdon men to a 56-40 win over the Tigers.Lanham said: “I’ve really enjoyed riding here. I had so much uncertainty to deal with when Newport closed just a few weeks ago, but I want to thank Len (Silver) and Rye House for bringing me in. “It enabled me to hit the ground running, and it’s shown in my performances. I also want to thank the Rye House supporters, who have made me feel so welcome these last couple of weeks.”

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RICKY Ashworth continued his perfect start to life as a Berwick rider with another maximum in Saturday’s Tyne Tweed Trophy first leg.Ashworth followed up his five-ride full house at Scunthorpe on Friday with an unbeaten showing from four rides at Shielfield Park as the Bandits collected a 54-39 first-leg win over Newcastle, with Lee Complin and Sebastian Alden also adding double-figure scores.Berwick boss Ian Rae said: “We rode pretty much as we believed we could tonight and really gave the Diamonds no room to get too much out of the meeting. “We deserved the win and it sets us up beautifully to make a serious challenge for the trophy in the second leg at Brough Park.”

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“We have checked up on Ricky’s condition and we’re told he should be ok to race again, subject to x-rays, next weekend.”Bandits boss Ian Rae said: “Complin was more than superb all night, especially as we’d lost Ricky (Ashworth) so early on, but that double pass in Heat 15 was worth the admission money alone! Brilliant stuff! Complin rounded Newcastle duo Mark Lemon and Stuart Robson in the final race to secure a 5-1 with Sebastian Alden, giving his side a two-point overall success, despite losing No.1 Ricky Ashworth in his first ride.BERWICK skipper Lee Complin produced a spectacular last-lap move to help the Bandits to Tyne Tweed Trophy victory.

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“Next weekend will be a very important weekend for us, with three League Cup fixtures, away at Redcar on Thursday, at home to Newcastle on Friday and away to Glasgow on Sunday.” Hollingsworth said: “It was disappointing to lose, but this will be the only time this season that Josh (Auty) and Tero (Aarnio) score only four points between them. The idea of these start-of-season challenge matches is to allow the riders to get any gremlins out of the way, before the serious stuff begins.The Scorpions were beaten 48-42 at Beaumont Park as the Lions avenged a two-point defeat in the reverse fixture last week.SCUNTHORPE boss Richard Hollingsworth described his side’s six-point defeat at Leicester as “one of those nights.”

“It’s a superb track which produces excellent racing, a well maintained stadium, great facilities and fantastic back-drop to the Arena in Brent Knoll and the Burnham-on-Sea coast-line, and we look forward to welcoming the cameras back here once again for a fourth time in as many years.”Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock said: “We are extremely honoured that the Oak Tree Arena has been selected once again to host the Sky Sports cameras. The guys from Sky said that the Oaktree Arena provides everything they could ever want when covering a meeting.The Oak Tree Arena has served up some thrilling racing in previous televised encounters, with Sky’s latest visit inked in for Tuesday May 22.SOMERSET’S Premier League clash with Ipswich has been selected for live coverage on Sky Sports HD.(SPEEDWAY 9)

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“I didn’t really look round too much in Heat 2, I made a good start and I looked and saw Henning (Bager) was there, and it was a good way to start.”Roynon said: “I haven’t been on the bike much this season and I know the other boys have had meetings elsewhere, so to get the laps under my belt is a good confidence-booster and hopefully a sign of things to come.Roynon, who also has team places in the Premier (Workington) and National League (Dudley), won two races in the Bees’ Midland League win over Birmingham.ADAM Roynon has reflected on a positive start to his campaign at Elite League level for Coventry on Friday.

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MIDLAND LEAGUE: Wolverhampton v Birmingham 7.30MONDAY MARCH 26:

CHALLENGE: Poole v Belle Vue 7.30SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: King’s Lynn v Eastbourne 7.30WEDNESDAY MARCH 28:

MIDLAND LEAGUE: Birmingham v Coventry 7.30LEAGUE CUP: Ipswich v Somerset 7.30, Redcar v Scunthorpe 7.30, Sheffield v Workington 7.45THURSDAY MARCH 29:

CHALLENGE: Plymouth v Weymouth Select 7.30SPRING TROPHY 2nd leg: Edinburgh v Glasgow 7.30MIDLAND LEAGUE: Coventry v Wolverhampton 8pmLEAGUE CUP: Scunthorpe v Newcastle 7.30, Somerset v Ipswich 7.30SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Lakeside v Belle Vue 8pmFRIDAY MARCH 30: