SPEEDWAY News and Fixtures

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BERWICK’S Swedish rider Alex Edberg suffered a broken shoulder and collarbone in a crash at Rye House on Saturday.Edberg came to grief in Heat 2, lifting down the back straight and then clipping Jason Garrity as he passed before falling heavily and being taken to hospital by county ambulance. The home side then dominated proceedings to win the Premier League match 59-34.Berwick boss Ian Rae said: “This was always going to be one of our hardest matches, but we still had high hopes until we lost Alex to injury when we knew bad was only going to get worse.“It’s time to relegate this match to the memory banks, look forward to our next match and wish Alex all the best for a rapid recovery as he’s been a vital scorer for us in recent weeks.”(SPEEDWAY 2)

NEWCASTLE reserve Richie Worrall kept up his remarkable form with paid-19 at Leicester – but a lop-sided scorechart prevented the Diamonds from winning the top-of-the-table clash.Worrall was beaten in only one of his rides at Beaumont Park, but his side were beaten 46-44 as the visitors’ top two riders collected just four points between them.Newcastle boss George English said: “We could have, and to be frank should have, had this match won with ease, but I cannot knock the performances of the utterly brilliant Richie Worrall who was spectacular, and his brother Steve and Ludvig Lindgren who kept us in the hunt.“The rest of the lads are all very well experienced and know all too well that tonight wasn’t good enough, and I know they’ll be working on making sure they never have a night like that again. It’s very disappointing not to take a good solid win.”

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WORKINGTON have called up former Glasgow man Robert Ksiezak to guest for the injured Kyle Howarth at Ashfield on Sunday.Ksiezak only recently lost his place with the Tigers – and co-promoter Stewart Dickson says that adds to the challenge against a team he expects to challenge strongly for the Premier League title.Dickson said: “To me the Comets look like the best team in the league and are going to take some stopping, but I believe there is enough about us to take a win.“I see that the Comets have cleverly chosen Robert as a guest and he will certainly be keen to show us a thing or two so that adds to the excitement for me, but I have faith in Jayden (O’Malley) and Mason (Campton) and feel that they can take care of the points at reserve.”

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THE National League Fours has been quickly re-arranged for Saturday June 23 after this weekend’s planned staging was rained-off.Stoke promoter Dave Tattum was forced to pull the plug over 24-hours before the scheduled start-time as the heavy rain of recent days made it impossible to recover the track into a safe and raceable condition.The re-staging of the meeting remains at Loomer Road with the same group line-ups, and the start-time is to be confirmed.(SPEEDWAY 5)

FANS from throughout the UK will head to Peterborough's East of England Showground for the hugely popular Premier League Fours Championship next month.The eight qualifying clubs are now known for the showpiece event on Sunday, July 15 (2.30).Organisers have made the announcement earlier than usual in order to allow fans to plan their journey for what is traditionally a feast of racing.Plymouth, Somerset, Workington, Newcastle, Berwick, Leicester, Glasgow and Scunthorpe will all do battle over two semi-finals and the final itself all in the same day.British Speedway major events co-ordinator David Hoggart said: “We’ve been getting lots of emails from supporters asking about this event because of the travelling involved so we have used May’s averages in June as the cut-off for qualification.“The meeting starts at 2.30 so wherever people come from they can get to Peterborough and back home in the same day at sensible times.“This is an event which captures the imagination of fans from throughout the UK and we're looking forward to a festival of racing and an excellent venue.”(SPEEDWAY 6)

BRITISH youngster Zach Wajtknecht was the winner of the FIM 125cc Youth Gold Trophy in Germany on Saturday.The 13-year-old, who hails from Bristol, defeated a host of rising stars in the longtrack event at Vechta.GB Youth coach Phil Morris said: “Zach was up against strong international competition, including 2011 World and European Champions. It’s a great achievement.“Zach is currently leading the British Youth 250cc Championship after two rounds, and we would urge as many fans as possible to come along to round three at Northside at 2pm on Sunday. We have 33 riders entered into the event, making 36 races.”

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LEICESTER co-promoter Alan Jones believes the nature of the Lions’ weekend win over Newcastle is a clear indication of progression in their second season.The Worrall twins piled up 26 points at reserve for the Diamonds but the home side were more solid all-round to win 46-44 in the top-of-the-table Premier League clash.Jones said: “We fully expected the main threat would come from the two Worrall twins, who more than delivered but we exploited other areas of Newcastle's vulnerability. Whenever one or either of the twins did not feature in a race we hit them hard. Five times this occurred and five times we outscored the league leaders which in the end proved decisive. “We are continually measuring ourselves in all aspects of what we do and the result was another gauge of how the team is evolving. Twelve months ago we would have capitulated when coming up against strong scoring reserves but there is a new resolve that runs through the current team.”(SPEEDWAY 8)

STOKE have completed the signing of Liam Carr in a loan deal from Premier League Berwick.Carr has impressed the Potters management in two appearances so far, and has now agreed terms to take a full-time place in their National League line-up.Stoke boss Malcolm Vasey said: “Liam is an absolute find and has the ability that far exceeds his experience. He is a top prospect and we are all delighted that he has joined the club.“We would also like to thank Berwick for their co-operation and help in concluding the deal.”(FIXTURES)

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

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

WEDNESDAY JUNE 13:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Poole v King’s Lynn 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


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