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POOLE extended their advantage at the top of the Elite League table with a maximum-points away win at Belle Vue.The Pirates were 52-40 victors in an incident-strewn meeting at Kirkmanshulme Lane with recent signing Krzystzof Kasprzak top-scoring on 13 points and Chris Holder adding a four-ride paid maximum.Stand-in Poole boss Garry May said: I think they all did well tonight and it was great to work with such a good bunch of riders. Krzysztof rode very well but you couldn't really fault any one of them. The track conditions were, at best, difficult but we overcame them and marched on at the top of the table. I'm happy with that.(SPEEDWAY 2)

SWINDON and Kings Lynn fought out their second 45-45 draw in the space of five days with the two sides this time inseparable at the Norfolk Arena.Recent Robins signing Lasse Bjerre was a key man on his old home track with 11-points, and Peter Kildemand won Heat 15 with Troy Batchelor in third place for a 4-2 to level the scores.It was a controversial night with several incidents, but Robins boss Alun Rossiter preferred to concentrate on his sides performance.Rossiter said: There is no point me wasting my breath on the refereeing decisions, just to say I am very proud of my riders and the way they kept pushing hard in a very tough meeting.(SPEEDWAY 3)

COVENTRY gained their first away win of the Elite League campaign with a 47-42 success at local rivals Wolverhampton.The Bees recovered from a poor start as they trailed 8-16 with their challenge sparked by wins for Kenni Larsen over Tai Woffinden and then Freddie Lindgrenand Larsen then combined with guest reserve Cameron Heeps for a vital 5-1 in Heat 14.Coventry boss Blayne Scroggins said: The boys dug in and did what they were asked, and Im proud of them. Were delighted to win here, and maybe that will turn the corner for all of them.Cameron has been going well in the Premier League and the National League, and he was the best of the bunch we could bring in. He did more than I was expectinghe was brilliant, and his ride with Kenni in Heat 14 won us the meeting.

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PETERBOROUGH have added Jason Bunyan to their squad in a doubling-up capacity following his recent release from the Coventry squad.Bunyan will share a spot with Richard Lawson, the news breaking after the Showground side secured their biggest win of the season, 58-36 against Eastbourne with Linus Sundstrom and Kenneth Bjerre both unbeaten.Panthers co-boss Jan Staechmann said: It has been a tough year for Kyle (Newman) to try and break into the side whilst sharing with Richard Lawson. Availability and injuries have also thrown a spanner in the works on occasions and we thank him for his efforts for us this season.Jason has previously guested for us this year and is a very likeable guy who gives no less than 100 per cent on the track. That is something I like in a rider.

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SOMERSET have signed 1997 World Under-21 Champion Jesper B Monberg as an injury replacement for Claus Vissing.Monberg, who has extensive Elite League experience and started the season with Peterborough, will make his Rebels debut in Fridays home match against Leicester.Promoter Debbie Hancock said: You have to accept that to lose riders due to injuries is, unfortunately, part and parcel of the sport, but to have lost two from your top three in successive nights, then that is a bit hard to take.Having done the necessary number crunching we realised that Jesper would fit into the line-up as direct cover for Claus, who we think will be the longer term injury between him and Sam (Masters). He was a dream to deal with as far as our negotiations were concerned, and he cannot wait to get started.

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IPSWICH have released skipper Kevin Doolan with Taylor Poole set to return after a lengthy absence with a broken arm.Poole suffered the injury in the first meeting of the season although Witches Director of Speedway Chris Louis admitted the decision to part company with Doolan was a tough one to take.Louis said: Kevin has got himself in a rut that every rider falls in to at some point in his career and I know he will be snapped up immediately and I just hope it will be enough for him to find his confidence and form quickly.Taylors return to fitness has been a long and frustrating wait but I am confident he is there now, and we have to look forward to pushing on and preparing for two cup semis, and the Premier League play offs.(FIXTURES)

TUESDAY JULY 24:NATIONAL LEAGUE: Isle of Wight v Dudley 7.30

WEDNESDAY JULY 25:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Poole v Wolverhampton 7.30

THURSDAY JULY 26:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Birmingham v Belle Vue 7.30, Swindon v Eastbourne 7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Ipswich v Berwick 7.30, Redcar v Scunthorpe 7.30, Sheffield v Leicester 7.45

FRIDAY JULY 27:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Eastbourne v Kings Lynn  7.30PREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Plymouth 7.30, Scunthorpe v Berwick 7.30, Somerset v Leicester 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Kings Lynn v Scunthorpe 7.30


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