SPEEDWAY News and Fixtures

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ADAM Roynon has this weekend confirmed he will be unable to compete in the British Final – despite an intensive bid to return to fitness in time for Monday’s showpiece event at Wolverhampton.Roynon suffered back injuries in a crash at Rye House last month and he admits the national championship comes just too soon for him.He said: “I bought my own machines from having previous injuries and I’ve been having ultrasound treatment and magnetic field therapy treatment to try and get the back into decent enough shape for me to race.“It’s good enough now that I could ride, but it wouldn’t be able to withstand that meeting and the meetings afterwards, so it’s better to take a break for another week or two and then come back even fitter rather than half-fit as I am now.“I’ve got to think about my long-term health, I still want to race my bikes and have a long career, so this is the wisest decision taken between myself and friends and family, to sit out now and try again for another year.“I was really chuffed to qualify for the British Final, it’s a great line-up and I know the Wolverhampton track really well. I was looking to finish in the top half, but carrying an injury with everyone else at full fitness it would be silly to attempt it.”With the next rider in line, Ashley Morris, also on the sidelines after a crash at King’s Lynn on Wednesday, Lewis Kerr is set to take the vacant place in the field.

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KRZYSZTOF Buczkowski is heading back into the Elite League as part of a double change for Leicester.The Pole, who has previously ridden for Peterborough, has agreed to join the Lions, who have also handed Nicolai Klindt a return to the top flight. Patrick Hougaard, already taking a break from racing in the UK, makes way along with recent returnee Lasse Bjerre.Manager Norrie Allan said: “We have operated long enough with guest riders and we can now look forward to having a full team again. Krzysztof has proved himself over here before, he was one of the success stories at Peterborough last season and comes into the side on a 7.33 match average which places him second in the team to Jason Doyle.“I think Nicolai was unlucky to be discarded by Swindon where he was averaging close to six points a meeting but he has really hit a rich seam of scoring for Scunthorpe. He is much better than his current average and at 3.83 it has enabled us to fit in Krzysztof. “It is unfortunate that we have to say goodbye to Lasse so soon after he re-joined the club but I had to take into account the team as a whole and I believe that we are now stronger than before.”

(SPEEDWAY 3 – FRIDAY REVIEW)

LAKESIDE secured their eighth home win of the season to consolidate their second position in the Elite League table.The Hammers overcame Leicester 59-36 at Purfleet, providing 14 of the 15 heat winners with Davey Watt (13), Lewis Bridger (11+1) and Peter Karlsson (10+3) all in double-figures.Mads Korneliussen picked up the Lions’ sole success when on a tactical ride in Heat 10, and guest Rory Schlein ended Karlsson’s maximum hopes in the final race.Meanwhile Coventry moved level with fourth-placed Wolverhampton by defeating Belle Vue 52-40 at Brandon.Fast Track reserve Jason Garrity won four of his five rides on his way to 13 points for the Bees with Hans Andersen adding eleven from four rides – including a big 5-1 with Chris Harris over Scott Nicholls and guest Danny King in Heat 13 which made the match safe for the home side.James Sarjeant and Stefan Nielsen were withdrawn from the meeting after an horrific first-bend pile-up in Heat 9, although both appear to have escaped serious injury.Bees boss Gary Havelock said: “That was probably the least stressful home meeting I’ve had this season.“The 5-1 in Heat 1 set things up well, we had a little wobble in the middle but we came strong again at the end and when you look through the card it was a really solid all-round team performance.”In the Premier League, Max Fricke scored a full 15-point maximum as leaders Edinburgh raced to a comfortable 61-31 win over Plymouth.The result extends the Monarchs’ unbeaten start to the season to 18 matches, with Ben Barker’s Heat 1 win the sole success for the Devils.Edinburgh boss John Campbell said: “The way we’re going it’s hard to see who is going to beat us.”Ipswich made it through in the Knockout Cup after a successful defence of their 40-point first lead at holders Somerset, who were unable to approach the margin of recent home victories.The Rebels were restricted to a 49-41 win at the Oaktree Arena to give the Witches progression to the semi-finals by 32-points on aggregate. Morten Risager top-scored for the visitors on 12, with Charles Wright collecting 13 for the Rebels.Ipswich boss Chris Louis said: “It all went much as I had planned it. We hit them hard early on to ensure we had the win secured as quickly as possible and after that the lads were able to 'relax' and enjoy their racing.”Somerset manager Garry May said: “All credit to Ipswich as they knew if they kept things tight early on then it would make our task all the more difficult. “As a result we never really got to dominate things as we have done in recent weeks here, but if there is a consolation to take then it is that we have preserved our unbeaten home record, the boys digging deep in the latter stages in order to do so, on top of which Charles had an excellent meeting, probably his best since joining the club, and Todd Kurtz rode extremely well for his paid 10 return.”(SPEEDWAY 4 – SATURDAY PREVIEW)

WORKINGTON entertain still-unbeaten Edinburgh in a crunch clash at Derwent Park this evening - with the Comets being the next club hoping to inflict the Monarchs’ first defeat of the season.Manager Tony Jackson said: “This has all the ingredients of being an absolutely classic match, and despite our injury problems we have brought in two good guests to help us try and overcome the Monarchs, who have made an excellent start to the season so far.“We have brought our former skipper and number one Richard Lawson in to replace Josh Grajczonek while Sheffield’s Taylor Poole has been brought in to cover for the unfortunate Ashley Morris at reserve.“With Richard’s former fellow West Cumbrian moto-cross adversary Craig Cook leading the Monarchs’ charge it promises to be a great night of speedway on many levels and all the Comets are determined to try and put one over Edinburgh, who have to lose a match sooner or later - so why not tonight?”Monarchs skipper Derek Sneddon said: “Saturday will be a testing one at Workington and Lawson guesting for Grajczonek hasn’t weakened them at all. We’ll approach it as we have every meeting so far this year and go down looking for the win.”In the Premier League KO Cup, Rye House host Glasgow at Hoddesdon, with boss John Sampford eager for the rest of his team to step up to cover the absence of Matheiu Tresarrieu due to a European Grasstrack commitment. Ben Morley steps in, whilst the Tigers have recruited Andre Compton to guest for Kasper Lykke who has an Under-21 round in Norway.Sampford said: “Mathieu’s absence leaves a very big hole, and we need everybody to be at the top of their game to help fill that gap in order to build a decent score to defend up in Scotland on Sunday.“Setting a points target can often be as counter-productive as it can be positive. No, it’s just a case of going out there, racing and scoring as many points as possible to take to Ashfield.”Straight-talking Glasgow boss Stewart Dickson said: “I think we need our backsides kicked if we don't go through to the next round to face Newcastle, to put it bluntly.“Without being disrespectful, we've got to be looking to win down there. At worst, it should be a four or six-point defeat, but really we should be looking to get a win down there, and the job would be easier to do on Sunday.”A busy day of National League action includes a double-header at the St Boniface Arena, with Devon hosting first Cradley and then Scunthorpe.Demons co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “Cradley are one of the top teams and they should prove to be very strong opponents, who will give our side a big test.”Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: “Being without Steve Worrall for this fixture will be a test for the rest of the lads but I've got belief in them and I feel that we can still get a positive result.”Meanwhile Stoke will include Adam Kirby as a replacement for the injured James McBain in their home clash with Buxton at Loomer Road.Potters boss Malcolm Vasey said: “Adam will ride tonight and on Tuesday at Cradley which is a tough assignment and we will review the situation then.“Our other reserve Rob Shuttleworth is also proving his worth despite his inexperience and improves almost match by match. The rest of the team have done incredibly well too and I expect to continue our great form against Buxton on Saturday.”(FIXTURES)

SATURDAY JUNE 14:PREMIER LEAGUE: Workington v Edinburgh 7pmPREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP 1st round 1st leg: Rye House v Glasgow 7pmNATIONAL LEAGUE: Devon v Cradley 1.30, Devon v Scunthorpe 3.15, Stoke v Buxton 7pm

SUNDAY JUNE 15:PREMIER LEAGUE: Newcastle v Somerset 6.30PREMIER LEAGUE KO CUP 1st round 2nd leg: Glasgow v Rye House 5pmNATIONAL LEAGUE PAIRS: Mildenhall 3.30

MONDAY JUNE 16:BRITISH FINAL: Wolverhampton 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Kent v Devon 6.30

TUESDAY JUNE 17:LEAGUE CUP S/F 1st leg: Peterborough v Workington 7.30NATIONAL LEAGUE: Cradley v Stoke 7.30

WEDNESDAY JUNE 18:ELITE LEAGUE: King’s Lynn v Belle Vue 7.30, Poole v Leicester 7.30