Title runners-up Belle Vue visit King’s Lynn Stars

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With Good Friday’s home derby being rained off, attention turns to last year’s league title runners-up Belle Vue coming to the Lynn Stars tomorrow (Wednesday, April 19).

Respected rider turned manager Mark Lemon hopes to make it third time lucky for the Aces with this term’s team selection after going so close to winning the championship in the last two campaigns.

The Aces boast a top five of number one Max Fricke; plus Craig Cook, who knows what it is like to win a title at the Adrian Flux Arena, former Lynn riders Steve Worrall and Kenneth Bjerre, and Justin Sedgmen.

Cook, who won his first race in the 2015 British Grand Prix at Cardiff, is a Great Britain teammate of Lynn’s Robert Lambert.

Stars team manager Dale Allitt said of tomorrow’s visitors: “They had a good result this morning versus Wolves (54-38).

“They are a very strong side and will be a challenge, but like I said, and keep saying, our job is to focus on what we can do, not what anyone else can do.

“That’s what we will be doing next Wednesday and what we will continue to do for the rest of the season.”

On the Aces’ strength, Allitt continued: “To be fair, obviously you look at their side, but I don’t want to put much emphasis on what other people are doing.

“If I was team manager coming here I would be worried about what we have, and we will give them the respect they deserve.

“They’ve got some good riders there, obviously. Ultimately our goal is make sure we’re the best prepared, the best we can be, and if we can do that, we don’t fear anyone.”

Belle Vue’s Good Friday home victory over champions Wolves was thanks to a top score from Bjerre with 15 points. Wolverhampton’s best reply came from Freddie Lindgren with 12+2.

The King’s Lynn Stars were left frustrated on Good Friday with their home SGB Premiership A10 derby speedway clash against Rye House Rockets rained off.

A good Easter crowd had turned up at Saddlebow but with a poor forecast, prospects were not looking good.

There were reports of pouring rain at Watlington just down the road from the Adrian Flux Arena leading up to the bank holiday clash.

Rain fell just as the first parade bikes emerged from the pits. The downpour got more prolonged, meaning there was no choice but to abandon the meeting at 7.55pm.

Meeting tickets are eligible for any other single SGB Premiership league meeting (World Cup or any potential play-off fixtures not included).


Lynn Stars co-promoter Dale Allitt said on Friday’s postponement with Rye House Rockets: “It’s never good. A good crowd and it would have been a great meeting, but the one thing you can’t control in speedway is the weather.

“It’s ironic that last week it was 26-and-a-half degrees and today it’s cold and wet.

“However, the management was mindful of the events of last season (when at least a couple of home meetings dragged on before being rained off) and we wouldn’t want to put the fans through that again.

“It was a good crowd and we wanted to put on a good presentation, a good meeting, on for them, so it was the right decision.

“The forecast has been changing all day and it was definitely the right decision. You can see that now: it’s gone 8 o’clock and it’s still raining.”