British Speedway Weekly Bulletin


BERWICK promoter John Anderson says the club’s staging of a Grand Prix Qualification meeting this month will be a major milestone for the club.Anderson took over the Bandits in 2009 and has overseen improvements at Shielfield Park with the venue now handed an FIM licence and ready to welcome the World Championship hopefuls on June 16.Top British duo Chris Harris and Tai Woffinden (subject to fitness) are looking to book their places in the next round along with fellow Elite League regulars Davey Watt, Linus Sundstrom and Krzysztof Buczkowski – with current Premier League riders Emiliano Sanchez, Matej Kus, Ryan Fisher and Tero Aarnio included along with doubling-up Sam Masters.Anderson said: “This is a fantastic boost for Berwick and for speedway in the North. When we took over, my promise to supporters wasn’t that we’d win league titles but first that we’d improve the infrastructure and stature of Berwick as a major speedway venue.“To be recognised in this way is such a boost, not just for our club but for the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. There will be people coming to this event from all over Europe, as well as throughout Britain, and the local economy will surely be enhanced dramatically!”Admission prices for the meeting are £18 adults, £12 concessions and £5 for children, with under 5s free. Supporters are reminded that due to planning conditions, air horns and vuvuzelas are not permitted.*NEXT month’s Premier League Fours at Peterborough will have a 2.30pm start-time.The East of England Showground has become the spiritual home of the event and the July 15 event will feature eight of the thirteen Premier League clubs.BSPA Major Events co-ordinator David Hoggart said: “We are delighted to be bringing this festival of Premier League Speedway back to the Showground and in response to a number of requests we have set the start time to give everyone the utmost flexibility with travelling arrangements. “Yet again the Panthers promotion and the Showground authorities have been extremely helpful and it’s always a pleasure to work with them, which of course makes for a great day out.”*RICHIE Worrall will be Great Britain’s first World Under-21 Finalist since 2009 – having secured his place in the seven-round series at Terenzano, Italy last weekend.Worrall, who rides in all three domestic leagues this season for Lakeside, Newcastle and Stoke, scored ten points at the Italian venue and now joins a plethora of top rising stars for the major competition.And national Youth coach Phil Morris is calling on supporters to get behind Worrall – especially in the British round at Coventry on August 17.Morris said: “Richie was a super-star. He started with a steady third place, and then scored eight from his middle three rides.“Going into his last race I informed him he needed a point to assure himself of qualification, and he rode to do exactly that. He got the point that was needed, and again he showed he could mix it with the very best Poles and Danes.“Richie is now looking forward to the World Under-21 Final series which starts at Lonigo, and I really think the whole country needs to get behind him in the series and turn out in force at Coventry for round 3.“Kyle Newman had a tough day at a very fast Terenzano track but ended in style by winning his last race to sign off well. Unfortunately Steve Worrall didn’t get a race, but he gained some knowledge by taking part in the pre-meeting practice, and I know Tom Perry will benefit from his run in the competition too.”





BELLE VUE’S Ales Dryml has agreed a contract with the club for the remainder of the season and wants to play his part in an Aces upturn.Dryml said: “I spoke to Jim Lynch and Chris Morton after my first couple of meetings here and said I thought I could help and that I wanted to stay for the season if possible.“It was sorted out after I had a talk with Chris. One thing Belle Vue need at the moment is some luck. I was at Belle Vue in 2003 and I am very happy to join the Aces again. We have to improve now. It is so important that we perform a little better and start to win some matches. I will try hard to play my part.”BIRMINGHAM boss Phil Morris admitted there was a certain element of mixed feelings after the Brummies edged to maximum points with a 50-43 win over Belle Vue.Morris said: “I know we got all the points but we shouldn’t really have made such hard work of it, although it’s hard to see why because we had a fair few race winners.“There are a few things we’ve got to try and work on, it was getting tight with three races to go and there was a bit of a panic that we weren’t going to get all three points. The last race was a bit heart-in-mouth when Danny’s (King) bike went, so there was a bit of bad luck but we should have been further in front.COVENTRY co-promoter Colin Pratt said his side had shown their true form in overcoming Lakeside with home and away wins by a 22-point aggregate margin in their weekend KO Cup tie – including an impressive 49-38 victory at Purfleet.Pratt said: “They went about it the right way throughout the tie, and there’s a good spirit there. You do have the occasional down-side such as losing at home to Birmingham – obviously you don’t want to lose to your neighbours, but everyone is trying, and this meeting showed a very positive side to the Coventry team.“The three heat-leaders were exceptional. We were looking to make sure we scored from all the races with how we set the team up, and the one time we lost a 5-1 we got it back straight away in the next, so it all worked out well.”EASTBOURNE manager Trevor Geer said the correct decision had been taken to abandon the Eagles’ home meeting against Poole, even though it meant a narrow home defeat.Geer said: “Had the match continued, I still believe we could have got some sort of a result with Lewis (Bridger), having just beaten Chris Holder, and Timo (Lahti) still to come out.“But credit to Poole, they were in front when it mattered most and with the rain taking hold the way it was, there was no other decision than to call the remainder off.”KING’S LYNN boss Rob Lyon admitted the Stars’ home setback against Lakeside had come as a big surprise, the Hammers leaving the Norfolk Arena with a 49-43 win.Lyon said: “I'm completely dumbfounded, I felt after last week that we had a solid team of riders that would kick on. My plan of a fortress at the Norfolk Arena has gone out of the window, we looked vulnerable all night.“In the important positions we were vulnerable, which is a shock because usually we can rely on most of the boys, you can carry one but not three or four riders, it's just not possible. Fair play to Lakeside, they had a go at us and deservedly took all three league points.”LAKESIDE promoter Jon Cook says the club will not be rushing into signing a new rider as they and the sport pay their respects to Lee Richardson.Cook said: “No-one can replace Lee but adding another rider will strengthen us, but all in good time. Therefore, we will race through to the Swindon home meeting (June 18) with R/R at No.5 and a six-man team.“Beyond that we will look at options open to us, and if we find a suitable rider who will add value to the team, will be of the correct temperament to get on with the team and will be here for all the right reasons then we will make an addition.”PETERBOROUGH co-boss Jan Staechmann says the club had to make the move of re-signing Polish duo Krzysztof Buczkowski and Norbert Kosciuch after a recent run of poor results, with Jesper B Monberg and Lasse Bjerre/Rene Bach making way.Staechmann said: “In the last couple of weeks with the results we’ve been getting it’s become obvious we are weak in certain areas and we aren’t able to cover when riders were missing.“It’s obviously disappointing for the riders involved, but at the end of the day we need to maximise our possibilities of getting to the play-offs – and these changes are with that in mind.”POOLE promoter Matt Ford is expecting a stern examination of his side’s winning run when they face back-to-back clashes with Swindon this week.Ford said: “I find it quite astonishing that this Pirates team go into tomorrow’s top of the table match against Swindon still unbeaten – equalling an all-time club record of 14 without defeat.“It’s even more stunning considering it hasn’t been done on the back of a huge home winning cushion. We have won more away (eight) than we have at home (six) during this amazing sequence. We all know that the record has to come to an end, and it could be against Swindon. But that’s the challenge to the team.”SWINDON made it two successive away wins with a hard-fought 48-42 success at Wolverhampton on Monday, bouncing back from a scare when they conceded 5-1s in Heats 10 and 11 to go four points down.Co-promoter Gary Patchett said: “I’m happy we took the three points but when you look at Wolverhampton’s injury problems I felt we may have taken four. Rosco (Alun Rossiter) made his feelings known to the boys and they responded in style after the interval. It was a great way to finish the meeting.“It gives us something to build on for the rest of this week when we face runaway league leaders Poole twice in as many nights.”WOLVERHAMPTON stand-in skipper Ty Proctor said his weakened side could take some credit from a battling effort against Swindon which ended in a six-point home defeat.Proctor said: “It’s so hard when you have so many injuries and whilst I don’t really want to use that as an excuse you have to take it into consideration.“With a full strength team we’d have beaten them. That said, hats off to Bomber (Chris Harris) for doing a great job and he was great mixing with the rest of the boys too.”


BERWICK are awaiting a fitness update on skipper Lee Complin after he was involved in a heavy crash with Kyle Howarth at Workington on Monday.Initial reports suggest Complin has suffered a broken hand which may well require an operation, and team boss Ian Rae is assessing his options with several upcoming away matches for the Bandits.EDINBURGH star Andrew Tully stormed to a 15-point maximum in the Monarchs’ 56-37 win over Sheffield to gain their first Premier League points of the season.Tully said: “I messed up my chance of getting a maximum last week because I was too kamikaze, so it was great that I got it this time around. I feel very comfortable round Armadale and I’m also pleased with my bike set-up as well.”GLASGOW were limited to one point from their weekend clashes with Premier League leaders Newcastle.The two sides fought out an exciting 45-45 draw at Ashfield on Sunday, whilst the Tigers’ away trip on Monday resulted in a 31-62 defeat, with only Joe Screen and Josh Grajczonek winning races for the visitors.IPSWICH had mixed fortunes in three different competitions over the Bank Holiday weekend with their stand-out result being aggregate progression in the KO Cup against Somerset.Manager Pete Simmons said: “I’m well pleased for Leigh (Lanham), scoring 11 out of 12 in his last four rides and holding off (Jason) Doyle and (Josh) Auty in Heat 15 was fantastic. The boys deserved this.”LEICESTER return to action after a near-fortnight break this weekend with two vital Premier League matches.The Lions travel to Plymouth, scene of a narrow League Cup defeat earlier in the season, on Friday, before hosting leaders Newcastle at Beaumont Park 24-hours later.NEWCASTLE boss George English hailed an all-round show from the league leaders, who saw Claes Nedermark injured in his second ride but still scored 62 against Glasgow with the other six Diamonds all paid for at least nine points.English said: “We ended up a man down when Claes caught his footrest in the fence when he twisted off bend two and crashed heavily onto the track which resulted in light concussion leaving us a six man side, but the rest of the side pulled well all taking wins or paid wins in a solid team performance.”PLYMOUTH promoter Mike Bowden is relieved to be back at full strength with Ben Barker and Cory Gathercole available once more for the visit of Leicester on Friday.Bowden said: “It is just as well that we have everyone available because Leicester have a very strong team and are going well in the league. It will be interesting to see how our top two of Ben and Ryan Fisher shape up against Leicester’s heat leaders.”REDCAR’S new signing Lee Smart will gain extensive practice at Stoke ahead of making his Bears debut on Thursday as a replacement for broken collarbone victim Mark Jones.Promoter Brian Havelock said: “The Bears are fortunate that Lee was available to be able to sort his equipment out at short notice plus organise some track time in advance of Thursday. We are grateful to him and I know that the Bears fans will get behind him as he covers for Mark Jones' absence.”RYE HOUSE youngster Jason Garrity enjoyed a successful Bank Holiday Monday meeting at home to Ipswich, scoring ten (paid eleven) in the Rockets’ 53-36 League Cup win over the Witches.Garrity said: “We’ve been working so hard in the workshop these last few weeks and now it’s finally paid off. I had to borrow Luke Bowen’s bike for my last race after my chain came off, and I felt good on his machine too.  I just need to stay focused, keep working on the bikes and move forward.”SCUNHORPE’S League Cup hopes received a severe setback with a home defeat against Sheffield on Monday – with Tero Aarnio and Thomas Jorgensen both missing the meeting due to injury.Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “We lost this meeting on Saturday, when both Tero and Thomas were injured. They are both worth eight to ten points a meeting here. We’ve now got eleven days off, during which we will continue to look at our options. I don’t want this season to slip completely away from us – I won’t allow that.”SHEFFIELD remain in the race for League Cup qualification after a stunning 50-40 win at Scunthorpe on Bank Holiday Monday, their display highlighted by a 15-point maximum from Emiliano Sanchez.Tigers co-boss David Hoggart said: “Emiliano nudges forward steadily and he never lets us down, but today he was just outstanding. He was so fast and he went out on a broken frame in his last race and still won it! He would have been in Heat 15 but he came in from the previous heat and asked not to be in it because of his frame, but Ricky and Pepe did a great job.”SOMERSET will operate the rider-replacement facility for injured Dane Claus Vissing when Berwick visit in Premier League action on Friday, with Vissing continuing his recovery from a punctured lung.Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock said: “Although Berwick have not been the best of travellers so far this year, they have riders in their ranks that have always shown a liking for riding at the Oaktree Arena, so we will need to overcome the loss of Claus from the meeting and fully focus on the job in hand in order to pick up the maximum three league points that are available to us.”WORKINGTON will be without in-form reserve Kyle Howarth for this week’s three upcoming Premier League matches following his horrific crash with Berwick’s Lee Complin at Derwent Park on Monday that led to the meeting being abandoned after Heat 10.Comets manager Tony Jackson said: “Kyle was taken to hospital but after a series of x-rays he was thankfully found to have nothing broken and was allowed home in the early hours of Tuesday. He is very battered and bruised, with a sprained ankle and a lot of pain in his back but everyone is very relieved as it could have been so much worse. “It now appears that he will be out of action for around a week and we will have to look at booking guests to see us over this coming weekend where we have three tough league matches in four days starting with a visit to Sheffield on Thursday.”


WEDNESDAY JUNE 6:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: King’s Lynn v Birmingham 7.30, Poole v Swindon 7.30

THURSDAY JUNE 7:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Birmingham v King’s Lynn 7.30, Swindon v Poole 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Redcar v Rye House 7.30, Sheffield v Workington 7.45

FRIDAY JUNE 8:PREMIER LEAGUE: Ipswich v Redcar 7.30, Plymouth v Leicester 7.30, Somerset v Berwick 7.30SATURDAY JUNE 9:PREMIER LEAGUE: Leicester v Newcastle 7.30, Rye House v Berwick 7pm, Workington v Plymouth 7pm


MONDAY JUNE 11:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Belle Vue v Wolverhampton 7.30, King’s Lynn v Swindon 7.30

TUESDAY JUNE 12:NATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP S/F 1st leg: Dudley v Isle of Wight 7.30


THURSDAY JUNE 14:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Birmingham v Lakeside 7.30, Peterborough v Belle Vue 7.30, Swindon v Wolverhampton 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Ipswich v Glasgow 7.30, Redcar v Edinburgh 7.30LEAGUE CUP: Sheffield v Berwick 7.45

FRIDAY JUNE 15:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Coventry v King’s Lynn 8pmPREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Berwick 7.30, Scunthorpe v Plymouth 7.30, Somerset v Glasgow 7.30

SATURDAY JUNE 16:GRAND PRIX QUALIFIER: Berwick 7pmPREMIER LEAGUE: Plymouth v Newcastle 7.30, Rye House v Somerset 6pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Rye House v Dudley (follows NL fixture), Stoke v Mildenhall 7.30

SUNDAY JUNE 17:PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Ipswich 4pm, Newcastle v Leicester 6.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Buxton v Dudley 3pmBRITISH YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP Round 3: Northside 2pm

MONDAY JUNE 18:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Lakeside v Swindon 7.30, Wolverhampton v Belle Vue 7.30

TUESDAY JUNE 19:NATIONAL LEAGUE: Isle of Wight v Rye House 7.30

WEDNESDAY JUNE 20:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Poole v Birmingham 7.30, King’s Lynn v Belle Vue 7.30

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