The King’s Lynn Stars have two massive meetings this week with top of the Elite League Swindon, beginning at home tomorrow (7.30).
Lynn travel 24 hours later to the Robins on Thursday.
Lynn will have the benefit of Aussie ace Troy Batchelor returning following his injury lay-off.
The former Grand Prix star, back at the Adrian Flux Arena a decade after his first spell with the club, suffered a broken arm in a motocross crash over the winter.
However, he successfully came through a practice session last week and will now make his eagerly-anticipated return to the Stars side against former club Swindon at the Adrian Flux Arena.
Lynn ace Niels-Kristian Iversen experienced a disappointing evening in the FIM Polish Grand Prix in Warsaw.
The Roger Warnes Transport Stars man scored four points from his five rides and missed out on the semi-finals in what was a spectacular meeting won by British favourite Tai Woffinden.
He was always playing catch-up after last places in his opening two rides and was unable to recover sufficiently enough to earn a top eight finish.
Having also missed out in the opening round in Krsko, Slovenia a fortnight ago, he will be eager to bounce back and kick-start his Grand Prix campaign at the next round in Horsens, Denmark on Saturday, June 11.
In the meantime, he will be back in Lynn colours as the Stars return to action against Swindon at the Adrian Flux Arena.
Warsaw scores: Tai Woffinden 14 (1st), Greg Hancock 14 (2nd), Matej Zagar 14 (3rd), Chris Holder 12 (4th), Fredrik Lindgren 12, Bartosz Zmarzlik 10, Maciej Janowski 10, Antonio Lindback 10, Patryk Dudek 8, Andreas Jonsson 8, Peter Kildemand 6, Jason Doyle 5, Niels-Kristian Iversen 4, Nicki Pedersen 4, Piotr Pawlicki 4, Chris Harris 3.
After round 2 of 11: Holder 26, Woffinden 24, Hancock 24, Kildemand 21, Janowski 20, Lindback 20, Lindgren 19, Doyle 18, Zagar 18, Zmarzlik 18, Pedersen 14, Jonsson 14, Iversen 12, Pawlicki 12, Dudek 8, Harris 6, Denis Stojs 1, Nick Skorja 1, Matic Ivacic 0.
n The Lynn Young Stars pulled off a spirited fightback to earn their first away win of the campaign with a 48-42 victory over Coventry at Brandon (see page 47).
Stebbings Car Superstore team manager Dale Allitt was full of praise for the character shown by his side to recover from Wednesday’s defeat to National League champions Birmingham.
“I’ve always said that when you are winning it’s easy, but you show your true character and fortitude much more when you lose a meeting,” said Allitt.
“Wednesday hurt us all, it hurt the riders and it hurt me because we’ve never suffered a beating like that at home, but I think tonight we’ve shown that we’re a decent team.
“To come here and get the win is a fantastic result. If someone would have said we’d win by six we’d have taken that, but you always want more as a team manager so I’m slightly disappointed we couldn’t quite get all four points.
“We are very pleased though. I’m very impressed with the riders and I think the way we’ve bounced back from Wednesday shows what we are all about.
“We came here to do a job and we showed a lot more character, belief and determination so I’m really proud of them tonight.”
Top five P W F A Pts
Swindon 8 5 373 356 17
Lakeside 9 5 421 394 16
Poole 8 4 396 330 15
Wolverhampton 6 4 292 252 14
Lynn 6 3 268 280 11