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National League Riders’ Final

Thursday, September 15th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

The Beaumont Park Stadium is all set to break new ground with its first staging of the National League Riders’ Championship on Saturday. Sixteen of the top riders, which includes last season’s champion Ben Morley, will be racing for the coveted trophy.

The line-up is a mixture of riders with Elite League experience and ‘Young Guns’ out to spoil reputations. All twelve National League clubs are represented with Belle Vue, Kent, Cradley and Rye House having two riders in action. There is the added interest for Lions fans as three of the competitors, Tom Perry, Robert Branford and Max Clegg are all former Leicester riders.

Clegg approaches the final in confident mood following a career best performance on Wednesday at Birmingham where the teenager won the British Under-19 Championship.

The meeting starts at the usual time of 7.30 pm and admission prices are as follows:

Adults £16
Children (between 12-18) £8
Under 12’s free
No Concessions
Programme £2.50

Please note that this meeting does not form part of the Leicester Speedway season ticket offer

NATIONAL LEAGUE RIDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW

1. Tom Perry (Birmingham), 2. Dan Bewley (Belle Vue), 3. Ben Morley (Rye House), 4. Nathan Greaves(King’s Lynn), 5. Ryan Blacklock (Buxton), 6. Luke Bowen (Kent), 7. James Shanes (Kent), 8 Ashley Morris (Cradley), 9. Ben Wilson (Stoke), 10. Mark Baseby (Isle of Wight), 11. Mitchell Davey (Coventry), 12. Robert Branford (Rye House), 13. Max Clegg (Cradley), 14. Matt Williamson (Belle Vue), 15. Dan Halsey (Mildenhall), 16. Jake Knight (Eastbourne)

RESERVES: Jack Parkinson-Blackburn (Birmingham) and Ryan Kinsley (King’s Lynn)

Lions v Stars Match Preview

Saturday, September 10th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester’s match against the King’s Lynn Stars tonight brings to a close their fixtures in the Elite League at Beaumont Park. The Stars like the Lions have experienced a difficult season but that should not detract from another entertaining meeting against the Norfolk club who have the best record of all clubs having not lost a match in five previous visits.

The last occasion they were at Beaumont Park was in May and the two sides were evenly matched that night with the outcome of the meeting not decided until the final race. Tonight’s match is likely to go the distance too as the Lions strive to end the visitors proud record.

Tonight’s meeting starts at the usual time of 7.30 pm.

Aces v Lions Match Preview

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester are tracking a full side for their visit to Belle Vue on Wednesday. It will be the first time that Team Manager Norrie Allan has had all seven of his riders available since the team rode at Wolverhampton at the beginning of July.

However, the Aces are without two of their riders Scott Nicholls and Max Fricke who are riding in the Swedish play-offs. In their absence Coventry’s Danny King will guest for Fricke and Belle Vue have opted to cover for Nicholls by operating the rider replacement facility.

Teams

Belle Vue: 1. Matej Zagar, 2. Rider Replacement for Scott Nicholls, 3. Danny King, 4. Steven Worrall, 5. Craig Cook, 6. Richie Worrall and 7. Joe Jacobs

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Nicolai Klindt, 4. Paul Starke, 5. Szymon Wozniak, 6. Ludvig Lindgren and 7. Josh Auty

Robins v Lions Match Preview

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester welcome back Patrick Hougaard to the team following his Danish commitments for the visit to Swindon tomorrow but the Paul Chapman and Sons Lions are missing Ludvig Lindgren who is involved in the Swedish Play-offs. Ludvig is replaced by Michael Palm Toft who will partner Josh Auty at reserve. Meanwhile the Robins have named the same seven riders that lost at home to Leicester in June.

Teams

Swindon: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Justin Sedgmen, 3. Nick Morris, 4. Rohan Tungate, 5. Josh Grajczonek, 6. Charles Wright and 7. Stefan Nielsen

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Nicolai Klindt, 4. Paul Starke, 5. Szymon Wozniak, 6. Michael Palm Toft and 7. Josh Auty

Lions v Pirates Match Preview

Sunday, August 28th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

The reigning Elite League Champions, the Poole Pirates, are the visitors to Beaumont Park on Bank Holiday Monday. With the Pirates closing in on the league leaders Belle Vue a result from this meeting is of high importance for the Dorset club who are determined to finish top of the table. The Lions meanwhile will want to maintain their recent good form at home which has brought them three wins.

The Pirates are unchanged from Wednesday’s win against Leicester with Chris Holder, their Grand Prix star at number one, who is supported by a former Leicester rider Krzysztof Buczkowski and World Cup winner Hans Andersen.

However, the Paul Chapman and Sons Lions welcome back Ludvig Lindgren from injury but are still without Patrick Hougaard as there is a fixture clash with his Danish Club Fjelsted who are riding against Esbjerg tomorrow. The Lions will operate the Rider Replacement facility in Hougaard’s absence.

The meeting starts at 7.45 pm after a parade at 7.30 pm.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Rider Replacement for Patrick Hougaard, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Nicolai Klindt, 4. Paul Starke, 5. Szymon Wozniak, 6. Ludvig Lindgren and 7. Josh Auty

Poole: 1. Chris Holder, 2. Adam Ellis, 3. Krzysztof Buczkowski, 4. Brady Kurtz, 5. Hans Andersen, 6. Bjarne Pedersen and 7. Kyle Newman

Pirates v Lions Match Preview

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester travel to Dorset for a second time this month to race against the Poole Pirates tomorrow and are missing Patrick Hougaard who has a Danish League match. The Paul Chapman and Sons Lions will operate rider replacement in his absence.

The two teams meet again in the return fixture against Poole at Beaumont Park on Bank Holiday Monday with a start-time of 7.45 pm.

Teams

Poole: 1. Chris Holder, 2. Adam Ellis, 3. Krzysztof Buczkowski, 4. Brady Kurtz, 5. Hans Andersen, 6. Bjarne Pedersen and 7. Kyle Newman

Leicester: 1. Rider Replacement for Patrick Hougaard, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Nicolai Klindt, 4. Paul Starke, 5. Szymon Wozniak, 6. Ludvig Lindgren and 7. Josh Auty

Leicester’s two mascots, the Thompson twins, Joe and Dan met with mixed results in the European 125cc Youth Track Racing Cup at Divišov in the Czech Republic at the weekend. Joe won the ‘B’ final and was placed fourth out of six riders in the ‘A’ Final whilst Dan came eighth out of twenty-four riders in the qualifiers.

Fixtures Update

Saturday, August 20th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Our away fixture at Swindon which was originally scheduled for 18th August will now take place on Thursday 1st September.

The postponed home fixture against King’s Lynn on 16th July has been re-arranged for Saturday 10th September with the start time of 7.30 pm.

Lions v Pirates Postponed

Friday, August 19th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester’s Elite League fixture against the Poole Pirates tomorrow at Beaumont Park has been postponed and will now take place on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August at 7.45 pm following a parade of the two teams at 7.30 pm.

“I had taken a look at the weather forecast and the weather looks terrible. As such I have been in contact with Matt Ford the Poole Promoter who has agreed to the new date” explained David Hemsley.

Lions v Pirates Match Preview

Thursday, August 18th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

It’s another mouth-watering fixture in the making at Beaumont Park on Saturday as the Lions take on the Poole Pirates for Elite League points. The Pirates are chasing top spot in the table and with Leicester showing improved form around their own circuit following three wins the result could go either way.

The last time the two teams met at Leicester the Pirates were trailing by 12 points but after the track was re-graded following the eighth heat their fortunes changed, finally forcing a draw in a last race decider.

There are forced changes on both sides. Paul Starke is riding for Somerset so Carl Wilkinson comes in as a guest at number four and the visitors will be operating rider replacement for Brady Kurtz who is on World Cup duty with the Australian Under-21’s. With Hans Andersen competing in the European Championship his place has been filled by Victor Palovaara.

The meeting starts at a later time than normal of 8.00 pm to allow speedway fans who also support Leicester City to arrive at Beaumont Park in good time after the Foxes match against Arsenal at the King Power Stadium.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Nicolai Klindt, 4. Carl Wilkinson, 5. Szymon Wozniak, 6. Ludvig Lindgren and 7. Josh Auty

Poole: 1. Chris Holder, 2. Rider replacement for Brady Kurtz, 3. Krzysztof Buczkowski, 4. Adam Ellis, 5. Victor Palovaara, 6. Bjarne Pedersen and 7. Kyle Newman

Lions v Bees Match Preview

Saturday, August 6th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

The Lions are back in track action tonight against the Coventry Bees. It will be the first time in five weeks that the Lions have raced at Beaumont Park and the second time in twenty-four hours that the two clubs have faced one another following the Elite League fixture at Coventry last night.

There are changes on both sides. The Bees are missing their top scorer and Grand Prix rider Krzysztof Kasprzak who is appearing in Round 2 of the Speedway European Championship in Latvia. Kasprzak’s absence will be covered by a guest. Whilst for the Paul Chapman and Sons Lions they welcome back Paul Starke who was riding for his Premier League club Somerset last night but lose Ludvig Lindgren also due to a clash of fixtures with his second tier club the Newcastle Diamonds who have a match at Workington.

“It is a big plus to have Paul back in the side but that is counteracted by the fact that we lose Ludvig who has been our ace at reserve since he joined us and on current form he is our second highest scorer behind Nicolai Klindt at Leicester” said the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Lindgren’s place in the team will be filled by Michael Palm Toft who rides for Scunthorpe in the Premier League. The Dane guested for Leicester recently in their match at Belle Vue and ended the night as Leicester’s top scorer with thirteen points which included three heat wins against one of his former clubs.

“I promised Michael after the Belle Vue meeting that should we require a guest again this season and his match average fitted he would be the first person I would contact to offer him another appearance. I am pleased that he was available and accepted our invitation to race for Leicester again” added Allan.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Nicolai Klindt, 4. Paul Starke, 5. Szymon Wozniak, 6. Michael Palm Toft and 7. Josh Auty

Coventry: 1. Guest tbc for Krzysztof Kasprzak, 2. Jason Garrity, 3. Danny King, 4. Josh Bates, 5. Chris Harris, 6. Kacper Woryna and 7. James Sarjeant

Bees v Lions Match Preview

Friday, August 5th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester travel to the Brandon Stadium tonight to face their Midland rivals the Coventry Bees without two of their most influential riders. Patrick Hougaard and Paul Starke are both unavailable for the Elite League fixture due to a clash of dates. Hougaard is fulfilling a commitment to his Polish club who have a home meeting against Rzeszow and Starke is required by his Premier League side the Somerset Rebels to race against Peterborough.

Lewis Rose replaces Paul Starke at number 4 and the Paul Chapman and Sons Lions will operate rider replacement for Patrick Hougaard.

Teams

Coventry: 1. Krzysztof Kasprzak, 2. Jason Garrity, 3. Danny King, 4. Josh Bates, 5. Chris Harris, 6. Kacper Woryna and 7. James Sarjeant

Leicester: 1. Rider Replacement for Patrick Hougaard, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Nicolai Klindt, 4. Lewis Rose, 5. Szymon Wozniak, 6. Ludvig Lindgren and 7. Josh Auty

Poole Fixture Re-arrangement

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester’s postponed Elite League fixture at Poole on Monday will now take place on Thursday 4th August and there is one change on the Lions side as Ludvig Lindgren is racing for his Swedish club Valsarna. In his place Todd Kurtz will be the guest at number six for the Paul Chapman and Sons Lions.

Pirates v Lions Match Preview

Monday, August 1st, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester travel to Dorset today where they will face Poole who are one of speedway’s powerhouse teams. The Pirates are the most successful club of the modern era having won the Elite League title five times in the last eight years. Their Wimborne Road track has not been a happy hunting ground for the Paul Chapman and Sons Lions who have not won there in four previous visits but an upturn in form lately has given the team renewed confidence.

“Our recent form away from home has improved. We have picked up match points from two of our last four fixtures and ran the home side close in the other two. However hard you look Poole don’t appear to have a weak link in their side and few teams get the better of them at home but we proved at Belle Vue that we are capable of raising our performance so we will approach the match with the same attitude and see where it takes us” explained the Lions Team Manager, Norrie Allan.

The Pirates are currently one place below the play-offs but have matches in hand over the four teams above them and when the clubs last met at Leicester in May the match ended in a 46-46 draw. Both clubs are at full strength for the match that sees two riders on each side in opposition against their former clubs. Bjarne Pedersen and Krzysztof Buczkowski had brief spells at Leicester whereas Paul Starke was a key member of the Pirates championship winning team last season and Ludvig Lindgren gained a cup winners medal four years ago.

Teams

Poole: 1. Chris Holder, 2. Kyle Newman, 3. Krzysztof Buczkowski, 4. Brady Kurtz, 5. Hans Andersen, 6. Bjarne Pedersen and 7. Adam Ellis

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Nicolai Klindt, 4. Paul Starke, 5. Szymon Wozniak, 6. Ludvig Lindgren and 7. Josh Auty

British Youth Championships

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Beaumont Park is the place to be on Sunday when the stars of the future gather for Round 5 of the British Youth Championships. It is an afternoon of pure wall to wall speedway not to be missed as thirty-seven of British Speedway’s brightest young riders take to the track.

This will be the fifth season that Leicester has hosted a round and it is an opportunity to support and cheer on the stars of the future. The competition has been a learning ground for many of today’s riders who have gone on to race speedway professionally. There are four different categories, starting with 125cc through to 150cc, 250cc and 500cc and as an added bonus the Lions club mascots Dan and Joe Thompson will be racing in the 125cc section.

The meeting, which consists of thirty-seven heats and four finals, starts at 3.00 pm. The ticket office will be open from 1.30 pm with admission prices set at £10 (adults) and £3.00 (children between the ages of ten to under eighteen). Free admittance for children under the age of ten.

Lions v Stars Match Preview

Saturday, July 16th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

The Lions have an opportunity to redress the balance following their 54-38 defeat against King’s Lynn in Norfolk on Thursday as the two teams meet again in the return fixture at Beaumont Park tonight.

The visitor’s team includes their Grand Prix star Niels-Kristian Iversen at number one. Iversen, who has held the Leicester track record on two previous occasions, will captain Denmark later this month in the Speedway World Cup competition and it is expected that his teammate Robert Lambert will represent Team GB in the event.

Meanwhile Ludvig Lindgren returns after missing the match on Thursday due to a clash of dates with his Swedish club Varsarna. Team Manager Norrie Allan said: “Back-to-back wins against Coventry and Wolverhampton at home recently has lifted some of the pressure off the team. Okay it’s not championship form by any means but after so many last heat deciders going against us it was a nice change for Heat 15 to go our way, not once but twice in the Midlands derbies.

“Our aim is to round off our home programme with another three wins starting tonight against King’s Lynn. It will be by no means easy as the Stars ride our place pretty well but we have more belief in our ability than ever before and our change of fortune has coincided with the arrival of Ludvig and Aaron moving to the less demanding role at number 2 in the side” added Allan.

King’s Lynn bring in Josh Bates as a guest replacement for the injured Simon Lambert. The Stars have the best away record at Leicester than any of the other six Elite League clubs. In five previous visits they have harvested sixteen match points, one more than the current league champions, the Poole Pirates.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Nicolai Klindt, 4. Paul Starke, 5. Szymon Wozniak, 6. Ludvig Lindgren and 7. Josh Auty

King’s Lynn: 1. Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2. Josh Bates, 3. Rory Schlein, 4. Troy Batchelor, 5. Robert Lambert, 6. Nicolaj Busk-Jakobsen and 7. Lewis Rose

Aces v Lions Match Preview

Friday, July 15th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester’s visit to Manchester tonight will be the first occasion that the team has ridden at the new National Speedway Stadium which is the home of the Belle Vue Aces. The Lions were originally due to race against the Aces in April but bad weather intervened which caused a postponement.

Since then three of Leicester’s team have ridden at the new stadium which opened earlier this season. Paul Starke and Josh Auty were the first to appear when they rode in the British Final and Nicolai Klindt guested for Wolverhampton earlier this month.

Whilst the Aces have each of their seven regular riders available, the Lions are hard hit through fixture clashes that means being without three of their team. Aaron Summers, who has been scoring more freely since moving to number two in the team, is riding for Glasgow in an all-Scottish cup tie against Edinburgh whilst Paul Starke faces Ludvig Lindgren for their respective clubs Somerset and Newcastle in a Premier League fixture the same night.

“One of the down sides to having riders in the team who are doubling-up between the Elite and Premier League means that there are occasions when one club has priority over another for their services. We knew at the start of the season that Paul would miss this fixture which wasn’t so bad but of course Aaron and Ludvig joined us later on and there was no avoiding the situation we find ourselves in at Belle Vue” explained the Lions Team Manager, Norrie Allan.

Michael Palm Toft, a former Belle Vue rider who now races in the Premier League for Scunthorpe, takes the place of Lindgren at reserve and Redcar’s Hugh Skidmore is the guest replacement for Summers. The Paul Chapman and Sons Lions will cover for Starke’s absence by sharing out his four rides between the other six team members.

Teams

Belle Vue: 1. Matej Zagar, 2. Steven Worrall, 3. Scott Nicholls, 4. Max Fricke, 5. Craig Cook, 6. Richie Worrall and 7. Joe Jacobs

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Hugh Skidmore, 3. Nicolai Klindt, 4. Rider Replacement for Paul Starke, 5. Szymon Wozniak, Michael Palm Toft and 7. Josh Auty

Stars v Lions Match Preview

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester travel to King’s Lynn on Thursday without Ludvig Lindgren who has a prior engagement in Sweden for Valsarna when they ride at home to Griparna. The Lions will employ a guest replacement at number 6 for the match in Norfolk against the Stars who collected their first away win of the season last night following their 47-46 success at Coventry. King’s Lynn are also missing the injured Simon Lambert and bring in one of their former riders, Lewis Kerr as a replacement.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Nicolai Klindt, 4. Paul Starke, 5. Szymon Wozniak, Guest for Ludvig Lindgren tbc and 7. Josh Auty

King’s Lynn: 1. Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2. Lewis Kerr, 3. Rory Schlein, 4. Troy Batchelor, 5. Robert Lambert, 6. Nicolaj Busk-Jakobsen and 7. Lewis Rose

Wolves v Lions Match Preview

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester travel to Wolverhampton in the return Elite League fixture tomorrow. The Wolves welcome back their captain Freddie Lindgren who missed the meeting on Saturday as he was riding in a Grand Prix Challenge semi-final in Italy.  It will be the first time that Leicester’s Ludvig Lindgren will be in opposition to his brother Freddie this season for their respective clubs.

“We made a disastrous start to the meeting the last time we were at Wolverhampton and did not get going until it was too late then I think we matched them pretty much for points in the second half so that is something we will not want a repeat of if we are going to make a serious challenge” explained Norrie Allan.

With Joonas Kylmakorpi side-lined following injury the Wolves have decided to utilise rider replacement in his absence.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Nicolai Klindt, 4. Josh Auty, 5. Szymon Wozniak, 6. Ludvig Lindgren and 7. Paul Starke

Wolverhampton: 1. Freddie Lindgren, 2. Peter Karlsson, 3. Sam Masters, 4. Jacob Thorssell, 5. Rider Replacement for Joonas Kylmakorpi, 6. Max Clegg and 7. Kyle Howarth

Lions v Wolves Match Preview

Friday, July 1st, 2016 | Fixtures, News

It is another big night on Saturday as the Paul Chapman and Sons Leicester Lions take on the Elite League pacesetters, the Wolverhampton Wolves.

After Monday’s exciting encounter against Coventry the Lions are looking for a repeat winning performance in their second Midlands derby fixture of the week at Beaumont Park.

Both teams are without key riders. For Leicester, they are missing Aaron Summers who will be racing for Glasgow at Workington and the Australian, whose seven points in the Lions win against Coventry, was his highest score at home since joining the club in April, will be covered by the use of rider replacement. The visitors are missing Freddie Lindgren who is competing in a Grand Prix Challenge semi-final in Italy and Joonas Kylmakorpi is out for a month following knee ligament damage whilst racing in Poland last weekend.

The Wolves too will operate rider replacement for Lindgren and Scott Nicholls will guest for Kylmakorpi but nevertheless there is still plenty of interest and talking points. Can the Lions make it two wins in a row for the first time this season and avenge their early season defeat at home against Wolverhampton or can the Wolves riders rally round to deliver a win without their captain, Freddie Lindgren?

With Nicolai Klindt and Ludvig Lindgren both former Wolves riders and with Sam Masters and Max Clegg having ridden previously for Leicester there is every possibility of another close scoring match with the outcome not decided until the very end.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Rider Replacement for Aaron Summers, 3. Nicolai Klindt, 4. Josh Auty, 5. Szymon Wozniak, 6. Ludvig Lindgren and 7. Paul Starke

Wolverhampton: 1. Rider Replacement for Freddie Lindgren, 2. Peter Karlsson, 3. Sam Masters, 4. Jacob Thorssell, 5. Scott Nicholls, 6. Max Clegg and 7. Kyle Howarth

The Leicester Lion Cubs are in action for the first time this season when the juniors take on the Long Eaton Invaders in a Midland Development League Challenge match following the Elite League fixture.

Lions v Bees Match Preview

Sunday, June 26th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

The Lions are back to a full complement of riders with the return of Szymon Wozniak who will take his place in the team in time for Monday’s Elite League fixture against the Coventry Bees at Beaumont Park.

Leicester’s Polish star has missed the last five fixtures following the withdrawal of permission from his governing body to race in British Speedway.

Wozniak’s return sees him occupy one of the three Heat Leader positions in Leicester’s team for the first time in his career alongside Patrick Hougaard and Nicolai Klindt. The only other changes to the team that lost to Belle Vue is that Paul Starke and Josh Auty switch places against the Bees.

The visitors are forced into one change to the team that won at King’s Lynn on Thursday as Josh Bates is out of their side following a bout of concussion whilst riding for his Premier League club Sheffield. His replacement has yet to be confirmed.

Nevertheless, with two Grand Prix riders in Krzysztof Kasprzak and Chris Harris, together with the newly crowned British Champion Danny King to spearhead their attack, the meeting has all the prospects of another action-charged fifteen heats at Beaumont Park.

The sales ticket office will be open from 5.30 pm and the meeting will start at an earlier time of 6.30 pm to avoid clashing with England’s Euro match against Iceland. For speedway fans who wish to catch the football match they can watch England on the television in the stadium bar afterwards.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Nicolai Klindt, 4. Josh Auty, 5. Szymon Wozniak, 6. Ludvig Lindgren and 7. Paul Starke

Coventry: 1. Krzysztof Kasprzak, 2. Jason Garrity, 3. Danny King, 4. James Sarjeant, 5. Chris Harris, 6. Kacper Woryna and 7. Replacement for Josh Bates tbc

Lions v Aces Match Preview

Thursday, June 16th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Eight of the sixteen British finalists from Monday’s event will be in track action on Saturday at Beaumont Park when the Paul Chapman and Sons Leicester Lions take on the Belle Vue Aces for Elite League points.

Paul Starke and Josh Auty who scored 10 and 8 points in that meeting are joined by Jason Garrity who will guest in the place of Szymon Wozniak. The visitors are tracking five British finalists. The competition’s runner-up Craig Cook, along with fourth placed Steven Worrall and semi-finalist Scott Nicholls together with Worrall’s twin brother Richie who finished ninth on the leader-board. The eighth rider is Chris Harris who replaces the unavailable Matej Zagar who is competing in a round of his national championship competition in Slovenia. Max Fricke is also absent as the Australian is riding in the first of three finals of the World Under-21 Championship at King’s Lynn and Belle Vue will operate rider replacement.

The meeting also marks the debut of Ludvig Lindgren who lines up at number six alongside Josh Auty. In the main body of the side there are positional changes with Nicolai Klindt moving into a Heat Leader role for the first time this season and Aaron Summers forms a new partnership with Patrick Hougaard. The new averages place Szymon Wozniak in the top three of the team which has allowed Leicester to cover for his absence with Jason Garrity as a guest.

“To have eight of the finalists appear at Leicester so soon after the meeting is a real bonus and with the debut of Ludvig Lindgren as well the meeting creates a great deal of interest and angles to talk about” said the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Nicolai Klindt, 4. Paul Starke, 5. Jason Garrity, 6. Ludvig Lindgren and 7. Josh Auty

Belle Vue: 1. Chris Harris, 2. Rider Replacement for Max Fricke, 3. Steven Worrall, 4. Scott Nicholls, 5. Craig Cook, 6. Richie Worrall and 7. Joe Jacobs

British Final

Monday, June 13th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Speedway’s highest profile individual meeting of the domestic fixture calendar takes place tonight with the staging of the British Final in Manchester at the new National Speedway Stadium.

Starring 16 of the biggest home grown talent a large attendance is guaranteed for this first staging on the new Belle Vue track. For the past six years the competition has been staged at Wolverhampton but now has a new venue which is the home of Scott Nicholls, a seven-time British Champion.

The line-up includes the Lions two high scoring riders, Josh Auty and Paul Starke who qualified from their respective semi-finals with ease last month. Auty coasted through his five heats at Scunthorpe to finish with twelve points which earned him second place on the rostrum behind Simon Stead. The event will be Auty’s third appearance in the meeting having ridden in the 2012 and 2013 finals and only missed out on the big night again last season through injury.

For Auty’s team partner Paul Starke it will be his first appearance in the showcase event. Starke has been one of the bright lights for Leicester since joining the club at the beginning of the year and his dozen points at Glasgow’s Ashfield Stadium in the second semi-final ensured that he too qualified for the British Final.

Previous Leicester finalists have been Richard Hall in 2011 and Simon Stead three years later. In the first era of the Lions the club were regularly represented in the British Finals by Ray Wilson, John Boulger, Dave Jessup and Les Collins with Wilson the most successful having won the title in 1973.

BRITISH FINAL DRAW: 1. Josh Bates (Coventry/Sheffield), 2. Steve Worrall (Belle Vue/Newcastle), 3. Craig Cook (Belle Vue/Peterborough), 4. Danny King (Coventry/Ipswich), 5. Josh Auty (Leicester/Scunthorpe), 6. Simon Stead (Sheffield), 7. Ben Barker (Coventry/Ipswich), 8. Richard Lawson (Lakeside/Glasgow), 9. Scott Nicholls (Belle Vue), 10. Paul Starke (Leicester/Somerset), 11. Richard Hall (Unattached), 12. Robert Lambert (King’s Lynn/Newcastle), 13. Chris Harris (Coventry), 14. Richie Worrall (Belle Vue/Glasgow), 15. Jason Garrity (Coventry/Sheffield), 16. Kyle Howarth (Wolverhampton/Sheffield). Reserves: Charles Wright (Swindon/Somerset), Lewis Kerr (Lakeside).

Lions v Robins Match Preview

Friday, June 3rd, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester and Swindon meet again tomorrow in the return Elite League fixture and the Lions will be hoping for the same outcome when the two teams last met at Beaumont Park in April. That night Leicester put an end to two previous home defeats with a 50 points to 42 win against the Robins.

“I will be looking for the boys to repeat the same spirit and will to win again against Swindon. Our home form has been a cause for concern. With a little luck we could have won three of our last four matches at Beaumont Park. We have come fantastically close against some very good sides and whilst last heat deciders are great entertainment for the fans we need to convert those near misses” said Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Saturday’s meeting sees the return of Leicester’s former captain Jason Doyle who spent two seasons at the club during which time he scored over 600 points in 54 appearances. The Australian International is supported in the Swindon team by four of his fellow countrymen and at reserve is another former Leicester rider, Charles Wright who is partnered by Stefan Nielsen, a double British Under-19 Champion.

Meanwhile, the Paul Chapman and Sons Lions welcome back Patrick Hougaard who missed the fixture in Wiltshire on Thursday due to his preparation for tonight’sDanish National Championship Final and bring in Newcastle’s Ludvig Lindgren as a guest replacement for the unavailable Szymon Wozniak.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Nicolai Klindt, 3. Aaron Summers, 4. Paul Starke, 5. Davey Watt, 6. Ludvig Lindgren and 7. Josh Auty

Swindon: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Josh Grajczonek, 3. Rohan Tungate, 4. Nick Morris, 5. Justin Sedgmen, 6. Charles Wright and 7. Stefan Nielsen

Robins v Lions Match Preview

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 | Fixtures, News

The Lions travel to Swindon tomorrow night and make three changes to the team that rode against Lakeside on Saturday. Patrick Hougaard misses his first match for the Paul Chapman and Sons Leicester Lions as he will be preparing for the Danish Final the following day and his place at number one will be taken by Richard Lawson.

With Szymon Wozniak’s average now placing him at reserve and with the club given a 28-day facility, Team Manager Norrie Allan is able to dispense with Rider Replacement cover and instead engage a guest. Poole’s Brady Kurtz will line up as reserve partner with Josh Auty who drops out of the main body of the team following the issue of the new averages. The final change is Paul Starke’s return to the team after missing Saturday’s match due to a family bereavement.

Teams

Swindon: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Josh Grajczonek, 3. Rohan Tungate, 4. Nick Morris, 5. Justin Sedgmen, 6. Charles Wright and 7. Stefan Nielsen

Leicester: 1. Richard Lawson, 2. Nicolai Klindt, 3. Aaron Summers, 4. Paul Starke, 5. Davey Watt, 6. Brady Kurtz and 7. Josh Auty

Lions v Hammers Match Preview

Saturday, May 28th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester have an early opportunity to ‘wash away the blues’ following last night’s result in Essex with the return fixture against Lakeside tonight and Team Manager Norrie Allan has made a rallying call to his riders. In the previous three home fixtures the Paul Chapman and Sons Lions have twice let slip a lead in the final race of the night and were level on points with Wolverhampton last week at Beaumont Park with three races remaining only to lose the Midlands derby.

Norrie Allan said: “We cannot afford to keep throwing points away after working so hard to get ourselves into a good position to win the meeting. It could have been so easily wins against King’s Lynn and Poole who pulled out that little bit extra in Heat 15 of both matches to draw. Last week against Wolverhampton we were level with them right up to the end of the twelfth heat. We had provided nine of the twelve race winners but a failure to gain the important second and third positions was our undoing. We gained one bonus point between seven riders whereas the visitors totalled ten. On those statistics alone of having a large majority of riders crossing the finishing line in front should have meant a clear win for us.”

Andreas Jonsson is the star attraction and captain of the visiting team which consists of six British riders. The multi Swedish Champion and triple World Cup gold medallist was unbeaten by a Leicester rider on his very first visit to Beaumont Park in April and his fellow heat leader Richard Lawson was also in unbeatable form. Tonight the Hammers are missing one of their top points’ scorers, Kim Nilsson, who is competing in a Grand Prix semi-final qualifier in Croatia. Lakeside are bringing in Craig Cook, another Leicester track specialist, as a guest replacement.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Josh Auty, 3. Aaron Summers, 4. Rider Replacement for Szymon Wozniak, 5. Davey Watt, 6. Nicolai Klindt and 7. Paul Starke

Lakeside: 1. Andreas Jonsson, 2. Edward Kennett, 3. Richard Lawson, 4. Lewis Bridger, 5. Craig Cook, 6. Robert Mear and 7. Lewis Kerr

Szymon Wozniak out of Lakeside Fixtures

Friday, May 27th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Wozniak-S-SD-1582Szymon Wozniak has been ruled out of Leicester’s two fixtures against Lakeside tonight and the return at Beaumont Park tomorrow. His omission is a result of Wozniak’s Polish club insisting that he attends practice before Wroclaw’s match against Leszno on Sunday.

“It is an unsatisfactory situation that we have been placed under that is of no fault of Leicester Speedway or the rider. We have reported the circumstances we find ourselves in to the British Speedway Promoters Association who in turn have escalated the matter to the global governing body of motorcycle racing but we are led to believe that Wroclaw are standing firm on their decision” said the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Leicester Speedway also understand that Wozniak will miss the Lions home fixture against Swindon on 4th June for the very same reason and the visit of Belle Vue two weeks later due to the rider being required to participate in an individual competition in Poland.

Allan said: “Szymon has told me he wants to ride for Leicester because he doesn’t want to let the fans down but is unable to go against the instructions of his Polish club. We have also received a communication that his start permission has been removed which means that he cannot ride in this country for Leicester in the foreseeable future. We of course want to see Szymon back in the team as quickly as possible but may have to look at what options are available to us in the short term” added Allan.

Wozniak has been a model club member who has never missed an Elite League fixture last season or this. Leicester has been granted a facility by the BSPA to operate Rider Replacement against Lakeside with Aaron Summers, Nicolai Klindt, Josh Auty and Paul Starke all eligible to take his rides.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Josh Auty, 3. Aaron Summers, 4. Rider Replacement for Szymon Wozniak, 5. Davey Watt, 6. Nicolai Klindt and 7. Paul Starke

Lakeside: 1. Andreas Jonsson, 2. Edward Kennett, 3. Richard Lawson, 4. Lewis Bridger, 5. Craig Cook, 6. Robert Mear and 7. Lewis Kerr

Hammers v Lions Match Preview

Thursday, May 26th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester travel to Essex tomorrow for an Elite League fixture against Lakeside. It is a former club of Davey Watt who spent three seasons there and during which time he captained the Hammers.

The Hammers have brought in Edward Kennett to replace the out of favour Piotr Swiderski and are operating the rider replacement facility for Kim Nilsson who is travelling to Croatia to compete in a semi-final qualifier for next season’s Speedway Grand Prix. Leicester meanwhile are unchanged from the team that lost on Saturday to Wolverhampton.

“I am hoping that Davey’s return to a track that is very familiar to him may just be what it will take for it all to click back into place and he returns to the form we know he is capable of” said the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

The return fixture is at Leicester on Saturday and the Hammers have decided to dispense with rider replacement for Kim Nilsson as they have drafted in Craig Cook as a guest for the meeting which starts at 7.30 pm.

Teams

Lakeside: 1. Andreas Jonsson, 2. Edward Kennett, 3. Richard Lawson, 4. Lewis Bridger, 5. Rider Replacement for Kim Nilsson, 6. Robert Mear and 7. Lewis Kerr

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Josh Auty, 3. Aaron Summers, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Davey Watt, 6. Nicolai Klindt and 7. Paul Starke

Lions v Wolves Match Preview

Thursday, May 19th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

The Paul Chapman and Sons Lions are back in action at Beaumont Park after a twelve day break when they entertain Wolverhampton on Saturday night. The Wolves are riding high at the moment and after their win against Leicester on Monday the West Midlands club are sitting at the top of the table and will be all-out to keep their momentum going in what is likely to be another fifteen heats of nail biting action against their near neighbours.

In Leicester’s recent meetings against King’s Lynn and Poole the result has gone down to the very last race of the night which ended with the visitors snatching a draw.

“Wolverhampton will be looking at our home form guide and targeting Saturday as an opportunity to consolidate their position at the top of the league table. We have to ensure that our focus remains one hundred per cent throughout the fifteen heats and if we achieve that objective then there is no reason why we cannot cause an upset against the league leaders” said the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Saturday’s fixture marks the home debut of Davey Watt who has joined the club on loan from Poole and both teams remain unchanged from Monday’s line-ups. The star attraction in the visitor’s team is Freddie Lindgren who was one of four Wolves riders to reach double figures in their 58 points to 31 win against the Lions on Monday, dropping just one point from his four rides when Aaron Summers finished ahead of him in the eleventh heat at the Monmore Green Stadium.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Josh Auty, 3. Aaron Summers, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Davey Watt, 6. Nicolai Klindt and 7. Paul Starke

Wolverhampton: 1. Freddie Lindgren, 2. Kyle Howarth, 3. Jacob Thorssell, 4. Sam Masters, 5. Joonas Kylmakorpi, 6. Mikkel Bech and 7. Ashley Morris

Pirates v Lions Match Preview

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester face one of their hardest away fixtures of the season with the visit to Poole tomorrow. The Pirates have won each of the last three Elite League Championship titles and nine days ago they drew at Beaumont Park after trailing the Lions by 12 points.

The fixture heralds a quick return for Davey Watt to the club where he has been a central figure in the Dorset club’s title winning sides. Watt, who was handed the captain’s armband at the start of the season, lost his place in Poole’s team during April and was snapped up by Leicester to replace Sebastian Ulamek who sustained a hand injury whilst riding in Poland.

Whilst the Paul Chapman and Sons Lions are unchanged from the team that lost to Wolverhampton on Monday the Pirates welcome back Kyle Newman from illness but they are without Bjarne Pedersen who is riding for his Danish club. The Pirates management have opted to cover for Pedersen’s absence by sharing out his rides among his teammates.

“Not only do we have Davey Watt’s experience of the Poole track to call upon but also Paul Starke who rode for the Pirates last season. If we can tap into their knowledge beforehand as to the best lines to take then perhaps we can mount a strong challenge” said the Lions Team Manager, Norrie Allan.

The club were boosted by the news at the weekend that both Josh Auty and Paul Starke had qualified for the British Final to be staged in Manchester next month. Auty finished runner up at Scunthorpe and Starke just missed out on a rostrum place after tying for third place in Glasgow.

“It is the first time that we have had two Leicester riders qualify for a British Final. Both Josh and Paul have been in outstanding form for us this season and it is just reward for them” added Allan.

Teams

Poole: 1. Hans Andersen, 2. Rider Replacement for Bjarne Pedersen, 3. Kyle Newman, 4. Chris Holder, 5. Krzysztof Buczkowski, 6.Brady Kurtz and 7. Adam Ellis

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Josh Auty, 3. Aaron Summers, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Davey Watt, 6. Nicolai Klindt and 7. Paul Starke

Wolves v Lions Match Preview

Friday, May 13th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

The Lions new signing Davey Watt will make his debut at Wolverhampton on Monday following approval by the BSPA of Leicester’s revised line-up and he will take the place of the injured Sebastian Ulamek at number 5 in the team.

With the new points’ averages coming into effect on Monday there are no positional changes in the Paul Chapman and Sons Leicester team whereas for Wolverhampton Sam Masters and Mikkel Bech exchange places.

Last season Leicester picked up four match points from their two visits to the Monmore Stadium in the space of sixteen days; results that contributed towards their eventual move off the bottom of the Elite League table and into their final position of sixth.

Meanwhile the Wolves have started the current campaign in far better form having already won at Coventry and Swindon. “Last season’s results are now in the past and cannot be taken as a form guide as to what might happen on Monday. We have ridden well in two of our three away matches so far without reward and if we can repeat the same application as we did at Coventry and King’s Lynn then it won’t be too long before we pick up points on the road” said the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Teams

Wolverhampton: 1. Freddie Lindgren, 2. Kyle Howarth, 3. Jacob Thorssell, 4. Sam Masters, 5. Joonas Kylmakorpi, 6. Mikkel Bech and 7. Ashley Morris

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Josh Auty, 3. Aaron Summers, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Davey Watt, 6. Nicolai Klindt and 7. Paul Starke

Lions v Pirates Match Preview

Saturday, May 7th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

The Paul Chapman and Sons Lions are back in action on Monday after a break of sixteen days with the visit of the Poole Pirates to Beaumont Park. The visitors have assembled a team capable of retaining the league championship title they won last year and with Leicester having improved upon their early season results this fixture is another close match in the making.

The Pirates are without their high scoring reserve Kyle Newman who is recovering from illness but have chosen wisely by bringing in the in-form Belle Vue rider Steven Worrall. Meanwhile there are positional changes on both sides due to the new averages which sees Adam Ellis occupying a Heat Leader role and Brady Kurtz moving down to reserve for Poole. For Leicester Josh Auty and Paul Starke switch places.

As everyone at Leicester Speedway is proud as punch that the City succeeded in winning the Premier League Championship title as recognition of such a fantastic achievement why not come along on Monday evening wearing something blue and waving those City flags.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Josh Auty, 3. Aaron Summers, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Sebastian Ulamek, 6. Nicolai Klindt and 7. Paul Starke

Poole: 1. Hans Andersen, 2. Krzysztof Buczkowski, 3. Adam Ellis, 4. Bjarne Pedersen, 5. Chris Holder, 6. Brady Kurtz and 7. Steven Worrall

Fixture Update

Saturday, April 30th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester’s away match at Poole which was scheduled for Wednesday 17th August will now take place a week later on Wednesday 24th August.

Fixture Change

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester’s Elite League fixture against the Poole Pirates at the Beaumont Park Stadium on Saturday 7th May has been switched to Monday 9th May with a start-time of 7.30 pm.

Leicester Speedway Promoter David Hemsley said: “The change in kick-off time of Leicester City’s final home match of the season against Everton has resulted in a shortage of our staff. Many of our qualified stewards, track officials and Health and Safety Officer are Foxes fans and they will be at the football match.

“Had the kick-off not been moved from the original time of 3.00 pm the problem would not exist for me but as it stands we cannot open the stadium with inadequate staffing in all our key areas. Poole have confirmed acceptance of the date change and I would like to record my thanks to Matt Ford for his understanding and agreement in the matter.”

Lions v Stars Match Preview

Friday, April 22nd, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester face King’s Lynn again on Saturday in the return Elite League fixture at the Beaumont Park Stadium. The Paul Chapman and Sons Lions welcome back their two Polish riders Sebastian Ulamek and Szymon Wozniak but are missing their new signing Aaron Summers who is racing for his Premier League club, Glasgow. Also with Rory Schlein still side-lined through injury both clubs will cover for their absences with rider replacement.

Despite the loss of Schlein the Stars are still a big attraction as they are led by one of the world’s best riders in Niels-Kristian Iversen who is partnered by Mads Korneliussen. It will be the former Lions captain’s first visit to Leicester since leaving the club towards the end of 2014. Lining up at number five is one of the hottest British prospects around, Robert Lambert.

The racing gets underway at the usual time of 7.30pm.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Paul Starke, 3. Rider Replacement for Aaron Summers, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Sebastian Ulamek, 6. Nicolai Klindt and 7. Josh Auty

King’s Lynn: 1. Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2. Mads Korneliussen, 3.Rider Replacement for Rory Schlein, 4. Kai Huckenbeck, 5. Robert Lambert, 6. Carl Wilkinson and 7. Lewis Rose

Stars v Lions Match Preview

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester face the King’s Lynn Stars in Norfolk on Thursday without their two Polish riders Sebastian Ulamek and Szymon Wozniak who are riding in a Quarter Final of their country’s National Individual Championship that day.

Team Manager Norrie Allan has elected to cover for their absences with a guest rider for Ulamek and he plans to share out Wozniak’s races between other members of the team. “Sebastian Ulamek’s current average of 6.60 has given me great scope for choice of guests and Freddie Lindgren was my first choice to replace Sebastian at King’s Lynn and as the rules stand I went with Rider Replacement for Szymon.”

The fixture sees the new averages come into effect and as a result it means the first positional changes of the season for the Paul Chapman and Sons Lions. Paul Starke, who has been one of Leicester’s successes since joining the club from Poole, moves into the main body of the team to partner Patrick Hougaard with Nicolai Klindt taking his place at reserve.

“Nicolai was half expecting this to happen as there was no way that his average would increase in the first month to beyond one of the reserves whose starting figures were higher. How the positional changes will alter the chemistry of the team is unknown but we will get a good idea of that at King’s Lynn and in the return fixture against the Stars at Leicester on Saturday. Hopefully, Paul can keep his scoring rate going in the more demanding role at number two and Nicolai can be our new ‘Ace in the Pack’ at reserve with Josh Auty” added Allan.

The Stars are without their captain Rory Schlein who sustained a shoulder injury whilst riding against Coventry last week and the former Leicester rider Sam Masters will be a guest replacement.

Teams

King’s Lynn: 1. Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2. Mads Korneliussen, 3. Robert Lambert, 4. Kai Huckenbeck, 5. Sam Masters, 6. Carl Wilkinson and 7. Lewis Rose

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Paul Starke, 3. Aaron Summers, 4. Rider Replacement for Szymon Wozniak, 5. Freddie Lindgren, 6. Nicolai Klindt and 7. Josh Auty

Special Pricing for Robins Visit

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Sky queueTomorrow’s meeting against the Swindon Robins at Leicester is the first live televised Sky Sports Elite League fixture of the season and we are pleased to announce special admission prices across our ticket range of £10 (All Adults), £22 Family (2 Adults and 2 Children), £5 Students (with valid NUS card) and £2 Children (10-15 inclusive).

“We promoted a special admission price for the same fixture last season which coincidently was transmitted live to a TV audience and we attracted a large crowd to Beaumont Park. The fans witnessed an entertaining meeting with a Lions win at the end and we would like to think that sports minded people of Leicester will take advantage of our offer and come and support their local team” said David Hemsley.

The meeting marks the debut of new signing Aaron Summers for the Paul Chapman and Sons Lions who will take the place of Grzegorz Walasek at number three in the team. Aaron said: “I am really looking forward to getting in the Leicester’s colours tomorrow. I was gutted to not have a spot from the start of the season with an Elite League club and now I’ve got one. I’ll be giving it all for Leicester and hopefully we can turn things around.”

Wednesday’s fixture also has added interest as it sees the return of Jason Doyle to Leicester. In his two seasons spent racing for the Lions the Australian developed into a top star and is ranked the fifth best rider in World Speedway. Doyle, who captained Leicester before his move, has taken on the same role at Swindon where his teammates include four Australians.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Nicolai Klindt, 3. Aaron Summers, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Sebastian Ulamek, 6. Josh Auty and 7. Paul Starke

Swindon: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Justin Sedgmen, 3. Josh Grajczonek, 4. Rohan Tungate, 5. Nick Morris, 6. Stefan Nielsen and 7. Charles Wright

Lions v Aces Match Preview

Thursday, April 7th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester face one of the sports glamour clubs on Saturday with the visit of the Belle Vue Aces to the Beaumont Park Stadium.

The visitors are one of the pre-season tips for a play-off position and have already given an indication of how strong the team is by winning their opening fixture at King’s Lynn by a fifteen points winning margin. “The Aces are probably stronger rider for rider than Lakeside who beat us last week so we cannot afford to fall behind and it is important that we achieve success very early in the meeting to get our confidence up” said the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

The Aces number one rider Matej Zagar is missing from Saturday’s meeting against the Paul Chapman and Sons Lions as the Slovenian is competing in Round 2 of his National Individual Championship competition at Ljubljana. As it is a national event the Aces are entitled to a guest and Chris Harris will be deputising.

The Lions are unchanged from the team that rode against Lakeside last week. “Our riders have been afforded a practice session at Leicester and hopefully that will lead to us delivering a much improved showing following the home defeat against the Hammers” added Allan.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Nicolai Klindt, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Sebastian Ulamek, 6. Josh Auty and 7. Paul Starke

Belle Vue: 1. Chris Harris, 2. Max Fricke, 3. Scott Nicholls, 4. Richie Worrall, 5. Craig Cook, 6. Joe Jacobs and 7. Steven Worrall

Aces v Lions Match Preview

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester are heading to Manchester on Friday to face the Belle Vue Aces at the new National Speedway Stadium. The venue was due to open last month but there was a problem with the sub base of the track around the third and fourth bends which prevented the meeting from going ahead. Now that has been fixed the Paul Chapman and Sons Lions have the honour of being the first club to race competitively there.

“To be the first club to ride at the new National Stadium is an honour indeed. I know the boys were looking forward to treading new ground so to speak and by all accounts the facilities are just what British Speedway needs. To have a modern venue where we can showcase the sport to a wider audience is a plus factor and it is fitting that the World Cup has been awarded to Belle Vue together with the British Final which has moved from Wolverhampton” said the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Belle Vue are forced into one change with Matej Zagar missing the opener as he is required to race for his Polish club Gorzow and one of their former riders, Chris Harris will deputise.

Teams

Belle Vue: 1. Chris Harris, 2. Max Fricke, 3. Scott Nicholls, 4. Richie Worrall, 5. Craig Cook, 6. Joe Jacobs and 7. Steven Worrall

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Nicolai Klindt, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Sebastian Ulamek, 6. Josh Auty and 7. Paul Starke

Lions v Hammers Match Preview

Friday, April 1st, 2016 | Fixtures, News

After Leicester’s opening Elite League fixture against Coventry at Beaumont Park was postponed due to rain on Easter Saturday the Lions are hoping for better weather for the visit of the Lakeside Hammers tomorrow.

The visitors are led by Andreas Jonsson, who is one of the few Grand Prix riders still competing in British Speedway and it will be the Swedish International’s first meeting at Leicester. Partnering Jonsson is Piotr Swiderski who made fifteen league appearances for the Lions in 2015 and at number five in the side is Lewis Bridger, who after making his debut in Leicester’s defeat at Swindon last year subsequently announced his retirement.

“It is important that we get our home form right from the very start. We have never started with a win at home since we joined the Elite League and that has to be put right with the visit of Lakeside. A good performance will give the team a lift in preparation for the challenges ahead. We are under no illusion that the Hammers will be a pushover. Far from it as they are a good team in the making” said the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Apart from a home defeat to Lakeside on their last visit to the Beaumont Park Stadium, Leicester have won all three previous encounters between the two clubs. After missing tonight’s fixture at Lakeside due to being required to race for his Premier League club, the Scunthorpe Scorpions, Josh Auty takes his place back in the Paul Chapman and Sons Leicester team at number six tomorrow. Meanwhile the Hammers have switched Kim Nilsson and Lewis Bridger around from the team that lines up against Leicester tonight.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Nicolai Klindt, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Sebastian Ulamek, 6. Josh Auty and 7. Paul Starke

Lakeside: 1. Andreas Jonsson, 2. Piotr Swiderski, 3. Kim Nilsson, 4. Richard Lawson, 5. Lewis Bridger, 6. Robert Mear and 7. Lewis Kerr

Hammers v Lions Match Preview

Thursday, March 31st, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester have a double date with the Lakeside Hammers within twenty-four hours as the team travels to Essex on Friday before the return Elite League fixture at the Beaumont Park Stadium on Saturday.

The Hammers have named an unchanged team that have begun this season with a win and a defeat against King’s Lynn last week whereas the Paul Chapman and Sons Lions are missing Josh Auty who is riding for Scunthorpe. Allan has chosen one of Lakeside’s former riders, Adam Ellis, as Auty’s replacement. “Adam is someone who has ridden hundreds of laps there and should immediately make a difference” explained the Lions Team Manager, Norrie Allan.

Teams

Lakeside: 1. Andreas Jonsson, 2. Piotr Swiderski, 3. Lewis Bridger, 4. Richard Lawson, 5. Kim Nilsson, 6. Robert Mear and 7. Lewis Kerr

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Nicolai Klindt, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Sebastian Ulamek, 6. Adam Ellis and 7. Paul Starke

Lions v Bees Match Preview

Friday, March 25th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

After the Lions opening Elite League fixture of the season at Coventry tonight the two clubs meet again tomorrow at the Beaumont Park Stadium.

The Midlands derby is considered by Lions fans to be one of the top matches of the season at Leicester. Coventry have so far won three of the four meetings since the club’s elevation to the top tier of British Speedway. Leicester’s only success occurred in 2014 when they ran out winners by 54 points to 38.

There is added interest for both sets of supporters as the Bees have three former Leicester riders in their side as Jason Garrity, James Sarjeant and Josh Bates have all previously ridden for the club. For the Paul Chapman and Sons Lions Sebastian Ulamek and Josh Auty have both won Elite League Championship medals whilst representing the Bees in their careers.

“We know that we are in for another titanic battle against our near neighbours and it is about time we put one over the Bees who have mostly had it all their own way since we moved up a division in 2014. I have said before that one of our goals is to improve upon our home form which at the best has been average to say the least over the previous two years. So a winning performance against Coventry will give us a tremendous boost” said the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Both teams are expected to be unchanged from tonight and the meeting tomorrow starts at 7.30 pm.

Teams

Leicester

1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Nicolai Klindt, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Sebastian Ulamek, 6. Josh Auty and 7. Paul Starke

Coventry

1. Krzysztof Kasprzak, 2. Jason Garrity, 3. Danny King, 4. Kacper Woryna, 5. Chris Harris, 6. James Sarjeant and 7. Josh Bates

Bees v Lions Match Preview

Thursday, March 24th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

After tonight’s Inter-League Challenge fixture at Sheffield the Paul Chapman and Sons Lions are straight into the first of their twenty-eight Elite League fixtures with a visit to Coventry tomorrow.

Leicester’s Midland neighbours were one of the early pacesetters in 2015 as results from the first twelve matches gleaned nine wins and an away consolation bonus point. Such form had the Bees down as early play-off candidates and although their form wavered slightly as the campaign unfolded they maintained their position at the top end to finish second behind Poole in the final Elite League table. The two teams met in the semi-finals but their winning streak deserted them as the Dorset club progressed through to the final.

Meanwhile Team Manager Norrie Allan is hoping that his riders can reproduce the same form that gained the club two away wins out of the last three fixtures at the end of last season which lifted Leicester up to sixth place in the final Elite League table.

A full match preview of the return fixture against Coventry at the Beaumont Park Stadium on Saturday will be posted tomorrow.

Teams for Friday:

Coventry:

1. Krzysztof Kasprzak, 2. Jason Garrity, 3. Danny King, 4. Kacper Woryna, 5. Chris Harris, 6. James Sarjeant and 7. Josh Bates

Leicester:

1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Nicolai Klindt, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Sebastian Ulamek, 6. Josh Auty and 7. Paul Starke

Tiger v Lions Match Preview

Monday, March 21st, 2016 | Fixtures, News

The Paul Chapman and Sons Lions travel to Sheffield on Thursday 24th March for the return Inter-League fixture against the Sheffield Tigers. Leicester are making one change to the side that came out on top on Saturday with Chris Widman making a guest appearance for his home town club in place of Szymon Wozniak who has a prior commitment in Poland that day.

Meanwhile the Tigers welcome back Simon Stead who missed the meeting at Leicester due to concussion suffered during a fall whilst riding in the Ben Fund meeting the week before.

The meeting will be run under Premier League rules and race-card with a start time of 7.30 pm.

Teams

Sheffield: 1. Simon Stead, 2. Dimitri Berge, 3. Kyle Howarth, 4. Josh Bates, 5. Jason Garrity, 6. Richard Hall and 7. Nathan Greaves

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Nicolai Klindt, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Josh Auty, 5 Sebastian Ulamek, 6. Chris Widman and 7. Paul Starke

Lions v Tigers Match Preview

Thursday, March 17th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

The speedway season opens on Saturday with the visit of the Sheffield Tigers to the Beaumont Park Stadium to race against the Paul Chapman & Sons Lions in an Inter-League Challenge fixture which gets underway at 1.00 pm.

The team will be led out by new captain Nicolai Klindt and he forms an opening partnership with fellow countryman Patrick Hougaard. Grzegorz Walasek and Szymon Wozniak line-up in the same positions in the side as last season and newcomer Sebastian Ulamek takes over the number five berth. With Josh Auty returning that makes five riders who have worn the red and yellow colours before. Josh is partnered by new signing Paul Starke who was an integral part of Poole’s Elite League Championship winning side last year.

Sheffield, who reached the play-offs last season have once again assembled a strong team and with three former Leicester riders in their side there will be plenty of interest for fans. The Tigers though will be missing their captain and top scorer Simon Stead who was injured whilst competing in a meeting at King’s Lynn last Saturday. In his place the visitors have named Josh Grajczonek as a guest replacement.

Re-shaping of the third and fourth bends of the circuit to create more overtaking opportunities on this area of the track has recently been completed.  Both Nicolai Klindt and Szymon Wozniak have already practised at Leicester and alterations have reduced the measurement from 317 metres to 302 per lap which means a new track record will be established in the opening heat on Saturday.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Patrick Hougaard, 2. Nicolai Klindt, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Sebastian Ulamek, 6. Josh Auty and 7. Paul Starke

Sheffield: 1. Josh Grajczonek, 2. Dimitri Berge, 3. Kyle Howarth, 4. Josh Bates, 5. Jason Garrity, 6. Richard Hall and 7. Nathan Greaves

Fixture Change

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 | Fixtures, News

The home fixture against the Swindon Robins which was scheduled for Saturday 16th April will now take place on Wednesday 13th April with a start time of 7.30 pm as this meeting will be filmed live by Sky Sports.

Riders’ Final for Leicester

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester Speedway has been named as the staging venue for the 2016 National League Riders’ Championship.

The meeting will take place on Saturday September 17th with a start time of 7.30 pm and the following Saturday, September 24th will be reserved in case of a rain-off.

National League Co-ordinator Peter Morrish said: “It’s a good central venue for us to hold this event at, and it’s one that should be relatively easy for everyone to get to.

“We’ll be having the top riders in the league competing on a neutral circuit and I’d like to thank the Leicester promotion for agreeing to take the meeting, which is one of our highlights of the season.”

Sheffield to open the season

Friday, January 15th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

Leicester’s season is set to open on Saturday 19th March when the Lions will be in action in an Inter-League challenge match against the Sheffield Tigers at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium with the racing getting underway at 1.00 pm.

The Yorkshire club were the first visitors to Leicester when the stadium opened in 2011 and this season’s team includes four former Lions riders; Simon Stead, Jason Garrity, Richard Hall and Josh Bates.

“Sheffield reached the quarter-finals of the Premier League play-offs last year and they have put together another competitive team that should feature strongly in the race for the title. Four of their riders also race in the Elite League so we can expect a rigorous work-out before we enter our official fixtures” stated the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.

Fans will have the opportunity to see the team on track for the first time as the Press and Preview day will take place the day before in a practice session starting at 12.00 noon.

Leicester will also be a venue for a round of the British Youth Championship, their fifth hosting of the event since its inception, which will take place on Sunday 24th July with a start-time of 3.00 pm. “The development of British riders is critical to the future of our sport and we are pleased to play a role in the whole scheme of the project by staging a meeting. There is always a large turnout of competitors of all ages and the skill level of the riders is exceptionally high” added Hemsley.

SGP Concludes in Melbourne

Friday, October 23rd, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Doyle-J-DF-6781Round 12 of the Speedway Grand Prix takes place at the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne tomorrow and the meeting brings to an end a successful conclusion for Jason Doyle who has excelled in such exalted company throughout the series. Jason’s best result of all came earlier this month when he qualified for the final in Poland and his eighteen points gained him an automatic place in next season’s competition.

It has been a stellar season for the Lions captain who began the year as the new Australian Champion and two months later he came out on top in the Elite League Riders’ Championship. During the course of the season Jason’s consistency in team events has earned him the accolade of number one in the averages in the whole league.

Interest for Lions fans in tomorrow’s Grand Prix meeting has been heightened by the inclusion of Jason’s teammate Sam Masters as a ‘wild card’ entry. Sam Joined Leicester in May and quickly became a firm favourite and he too has featured amongst the honours whilst representing his Premier League club the Edinburgh Monarchs.

Current Standings (top eight riders after eleven rounds)

Tai Woffinden 151 points
Greg Hancock 126
Nicki Pedersen 124
Niels-Kristian Iversen 105
Jason Doyle 103
Matej Zagar 100
Maciej Janowski 95
Chris Holder 93

Photograph courtesy of Dave Fairbrother

SGP Round 11 – Poland

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 | Fixtures, News

doyle 1672The eleventh and penultimate meeting of the Speedway Grand Prix takes place in Poland this evening at the Marian Rose MotoArena Stadium. It is a venue that Leicester’s Jason Doyle knows well as it is the home of his Polish club, Torun.

Doyle reached his fifth semi-final of the series after picking up another eight points from the qualifying section in Round 10 of the competition in Sweden last Saturday which has maintained his position in the running for automatic qualification for next season’s event.

“Whilst the top three in the championship standings are breaking away there are still plenty of points on the table to race for. Jason is handily placed and is in reach of making up ground on the next two highest scorers above him before the final round in Australia. Of course the two Poole riders, Maciej Janowski and Chris Holder are breathing down his neck so it is becoming quite truncated in that part of the leader-board as to where each will finish in the final reckoning” said the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.

With only the top eight riders with the highest scores at the end of the competition guaranteed a place in next season’s Grand Prix, the next best placed rider behind Doyle, Janowski and Holder is Michael Jepsen Jensen who has amassed 72 points.

“On the face of it all three riders seem secure but it only takes one bad performance and a double figure return from Jensen in Poland for the Dane to place pressure on those above him going into the final round in Melbourne. Janowski is on home soil and will have a partisan crowd willing him on which can be motivating in itself. Whilst Jason will know the best lines around his home circuit so too will Holder who is also a teammate of his at Torun so there won’t be any advantage in track knowledge to draw on there. If Jason can come out of Saturday’s meeting without losing ground and ideally improving on his sixth placed position on the leader-board then I believe the heat will be off to a certain extent as he approaches the finale back home in Australia” added Hemsley.

Current Standings (top eight riders after ten rounds)

Tai Woffinden 143 points
Greg Hancock 118
Nicki Pedersen 105
Niels-Kristian Iversen 95
Matej Zagar 93
Jason Doyle 85
Maciej Janowski 84
Chris Holder 82

Photograph courtesy of Dave Fairbrother taken at SGP Round 9 in Slovenia

Round 10 Grand Prix

Saturday, September 26th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Round 10 of the Speedway Grand Prix takes place in Stockholm at the Friends Arena tonight. The competition, comprising of twelve meetings, is approaching its completion and Jason Doyle is on course to qualify for next season’s series where only eight of the sixteen contestants with the highest points’ total will gain an automatic entry.

Despite a number of setbacks throughout the year that has caused him to lose valuable points Doyle has remained in the top half of the leader-board all season and is currently in seventh place after scoring eleven points in the Slovenian Grand Prix earlier this month, his fourth double figure total of the competition. It was a slow start for the Lions captain who was in danger of being eliminated from the knock-out stage but two wins in the latter stages ensured a safe passage through to the semi-finals where he was drawn against Greg Hancock, the defending World Champion, Peter Kildemand, the winner of the previous round in Denmark and Chris Holder his fellow Australian World Cup teammate.

Hancock had won each of his qualifying heats apart from when he met Doyle who showed the defending World Champion a clean pair of heels. Kildemand was also in the same race and he was unplaced leaving Holder as the only rider to finish ahead of Leicester’s star performer. However, Doyle was unable to repeat the same form and finished third in his semi-final behind Hancock and Kildemand which ruled him out of a place in the final.

Despite a disappointment of not making progression though to his first final, Doyle‘s eleven points accumulated on the night in Slovenia enhanced his position in the current standings as he is now just one point behind Chris Holder in sixth place and five ahead of the Polish Champion and Poole star rider Maciej Janowski who is immediately below him in the table.

“Jason needs another high end finish tonight which will strengthen his position amongst the automatic qualifiers for next year and there is still the possibility of him moving up from seventh in the standings as the points difference is minimal between Jason’s figure and that of Niels-Kristian Iversen who is in fifth place. It would be a wonderful achievement and a dream come true for Jason if he totalled enough points to earn him a place in next season’s Grand Prix in what is his first season riding and competing in the world’s biggest individual speedway competition” said the Lions Promoter, David Hemsley.

Current Standings (top eight riders after nine rounds)

Tai Woffinden 127 points
Greg Hancock 102
Nicki Pedersen 98
Matej Zagar 89
Niels-Kristian Iversen 81
Chris Holder 78
Jason Doyle 77
Maciej Janowski 72

Grand Prix Round 9

Friday, September 11th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

After a two week break since round eight of the Speedway Grand Prix was held in Poland the series moves to Slovenia on Saturday. The country is not one of the super powers in world speedway as there are only three tracks at Krsko, Ljubljana and Lendava. Due to the dearth of clubs no league structure exists and therefore the home grown riders have to seek opportunities elsewhere to hone their skills. The top Slovenian rider is Matej Zagar who rides for the Belle Vue Aces and he rode through the pain from an earlier crash involving Leicester’s Jason Doyle to win the final in Gorzow last month.

It was an unhappy night for the Lions captain who needed to win his final heat to progress from the qualifying section to a place in the semi-finals. Leading up to the incident Doyle was in third place and he picked up extra speed along the back straight that took him past Zagar and Nicki Pedersen but in doing so his dirt deflector unluckily made contact with Pedersen’s front wheel which caused him and Zagar to crash.

Deemed to be the cause of the stoppage Doyle’s exclusion and six points from his completed four rides ruled him out of further participation that night but despite a low score it was enough to keep him in the top eight on the leader-board.

Doyle has been in sparkling form all season for Leicester and currently sports the second highest match average in the Elite League but when it comes to competing in the Grand Prix a certain degree of bad luck has hampered his chances of reaching his maiden final. The Australian Champion has reached three semi-finals so far in Finland, Sweden and Denmark but four exclusions for a starting offence, a fall and twice for causing a race to be stopped in other rounds has held back a serious attempt to challenge the pacesetters.

“The competition for points is extremely fierce at this level and there are no easy races as every heat involves three other world class riders who are also riding to their limits. So there is little margin for error and everything happens so quickly inside four laps which basically last around sixty seconds. I feel that on occasions Jason had been unfairly excluded by the referee when others have possibly not been penalised for similar actions but nevertheless he is still in a prime position and with four rounds to go there is every chance that he will make one final at least as the bad luck he has experienced cannot follow him around for ever” said the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.

Current Standings (top eight after eight rounds)

Tai Woffinden 109 points
Nicki Pedersen 85
Greg Hancock 82
Matej Zagar 81
Niels-Kristian Iversen 70
Chris Holder 69
Jason Doyle 66
Michael Jepsen Jensen 64

Wolverhampton v Leicester Preview

Monday, September 7th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The Lions travel to Wolverhampton tonight for their last Elite League fixture of the season where a defeat will consign them to bottom of the final table for a second year. The fixture is a ‘double header’ meeting as first of all Wolverhampton face Belle Vue and then take on Leicester. The Manchester team need the points to stay ahead of King’s Lynn for a place in the play-offs and for Leicester there is a slim chance that they can escape the bottom rung of the league table if the Belle Vue team gains the win they need and the Lions also beat the Wolves.

After missing Leicester’s match at Coventry on Friday, Sam Masters returns to the side. With Grzegorz Walasek and Josh Auty side-lined through injury Richard Lawson and Adam Ellis will deputise for them.

Teams

Wolverhampton: 1. Freddie Lindgren, 2. Jacob Thorssell, 3. Ricky Wells, 4. Tobiasz Musielak, 5. Peter Karlsson, 6. Ashley Morris and 7. Josh Bates

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Richard Lawson, 4. Piotr Swiderski, 5. Szymon Wozniak, 6. Simon Lambert and 7. Adam Ellis

Coventry v Leicester Preview

Friday, September 4th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The Lions make the short journey to near neighbours Coventry tonight for what is another key fixture in their fight to avoid finishing bottom of the league table.

The two clubs last met at Brandon in June and the Bees ended the night victorious by 51 points to 39 but the match was much closer than the final score-line indicates. After eleven heats the Lions were just two points behind and whilst Coventry extended their lead in the following races Leicester entered the final heat needing to score maximum points to gain a consolation bonus match point but they just missed out.

That night Leicester were without four of their regulars due to injury and of the riders replacing them Ulrich Ostergaard performed the best to score 8 points and one bonus. The Dane who currently rides for Peterborough is included again and replaces Sam Masters who is riding for his second tier club Edinburgh in a cup match against Newcastle. At reserve Charles Wright, a former Lions rider in their Premier League days, will deputise for their injured reserve Josh Auty. With Grzegorz Walasek also missing after injuring his shoulder in last night’s defeat against Poole Richard Lawson will stand-in for him.

Meanwhile, Coventry are secure in the knowledge that they have qualified for a place in the play-offs and have named six of the seven riders who rode against the Lions in June. Missing from their team tonight is Jonas Kylmakorpi who will be replaced by either a guest or his heats will be shared out amongst his teammates.

“It was a blow to lose at home to Poole last night but we have to pick ourselves up from that. Everyone in the team knows how important this match is to our chances of avoiding the wooden spoon for a second season. The win at King’s Lynn has given us a glimmer of hope but we must repeat the same level of commitment and performance against Coventry tonight” said the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Teams

Coventry: 1. Chris Harris, 2. Kyle Howarth, 3. Danny King, 4. Hans Andersen, 5. Replacement for Joonas Kylmakorpi, 6. Jason Garrity and 7. James Sarjeant

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Ulrich Ostergaard, 3. Richard Lawson, 4. Piotr Swiderski, 5. Szymon Wozniak, 6. Simon Lambert and 7. Charles Wright

Leicester v Poole Preview

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The Lions final home Elite League fixture of the season against the Poole Pirates on Bank Holiday Monday was postponed due to the weather and the two teams reconvene again tomorrow at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium.

The new date creates a busy period for the Lions to end the season on as it means three matches in five days beginning with the home fixture against Poole tomorrow. Twenty-four hours later Leicester makes the short trip to Coventry and on Monday they return to the West Midlands to race at Wolverhampton.

“With us picking up a win at King’s Lynn last night it puts an all new meaning on tomorrow’s match against Poole. It won’t be easy we know that but we have belief in ourselves and the focus is firmly on getting off the bottom of the league table. If we can do that it will be an achievement in itself when you consider what a season we have had with long term injuries and three retirements” explained the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

With the new match averages coming into effect for September there are changes to the riding order on both sides. Szymon Wozniak, who is in his first season in British Speedway, moves into a heat leader role in the Lions team and Piotr Swiderski replaces his fellow countryman in the main body of the team in a support role. Whilst for the visitors, there is also a similar move with their two Australians Dakota North and Davey Watt switching places.

Poole have named the same seven riders that were due at Leicester on Monday but the Lions are missing Sam Masters who will be representing his Premier League club the Edinburgh Monarchs who are racing at Ipswich. Nicolai Klindt deputises for Sam and at reserve Carl Wilkinson is in the place of Josh Auty.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Nicolai Klindt, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Piotr Swiderski, 5. Szymon Wozniak, 6. Simon Lambert and 7. Carl Wilkinson

Poole: 1. Chris Holder, 2. Davey Watt, 3. Dakota North, 4. Kacper Gomolski, 5. Maciej Janowski, 6. Paul Starke and 7. Kyle Newman

King’s Lynn v Leicester Preview

Monday, August 31st, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Leicester’s postponed Elite League fixture at King’s Lynn on 24th August due to a waterlogged track has been arranged for tomorrow. Jason Doyle is required to ride in the play-offs for his Swedish club and therefore the Lions will be tracking Chris Harris at one and Adam Ellis is in for the injured Josh Auty at reserve.

Teams

King’s Lynn: 1. Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2. Nicklas Porsing, 3. Robert Lambert, 4. Vaclav Milik, 5. Kenneth Bjerre, 6. Carl Wilkinson and 7. Ashley Morris

Leicester: 1. Chris Harris 2. Sam Masters, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Piotr Swiderski, 5. Szymon Wozniak, 6. Simon Lambert and 7. Adam Ellis

Leicester v Poole Preview

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The Poole Pirates bring down the curtain on Leicester’s final Elite League fixture of the season at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday. It is one of the most attractive matches in the Lions calendar as the Pirates are the biggest club in the modern era of British Speedway.

The visitors are currently five points ahead of second placed Coventry in the Elite League table and are aiming to finish in that position so they to get to choose from the second, third and fourth placed teams who they wish to race in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, the Lions have their own agenda of signing off their second season in the top sphere with a win and also another three match points will take them closer to their aim of moving off the bottom of the table.

Poole are the defending champions and include two world class stars in Chris Holder and Maciej Janowski together with Australian international Davey Watt. Dakota North and Kacper Gomolski are in support and at reserve are Kyle Newman and Paul Starke two of the best reserves in the league. Leicester welcome back Simon Lambert and bring in Charles Wright as a guest to partner him at reserve.

Can the Lions cause an upset by stalling the Pirates march towards finishing top of the table? It is going to be another night of excitement for sure to end the season on and the racing gets underway at 7.30 pm.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Piotr Swiderski, 6. Simon Lambert and 7. Charles Wright

Poole: 1. Chris Holder, 2. Dakota North, 3. Davey Watt, 4. Kacper Gomolski, 5. Maciej Janowski, 6. Paul Starke and 7. Kyle Newman

Belle Vue v Leicester Preview

Saturday, August 29th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The Lions return to Manchester again tomorrow for the re-staging of their Elite League fixture against the Belle Vue Aces as the original match was called off before the start last week due to rain.

The Aces are vying with King’s Lynn and Swindon for two of the available places in the semi-finals of the play-off’s and Sunday’s meeting, which starts at 3.30 pm, is their last home league fixture. The Aces have won eleven out of thirteen matches at home and Coventry is the only team to have taken points off them with a win in April followed by a draw in June. Leicester’s visit there in April ended with Belle Vue recording their first win of the season by 55 points to 37 during a troubled night for the Lions.

“It was not the best preparation as we went into the match without Bjarne Pedersen who took ill beforehand and then we lost Grzegorz Walasek with a suspected broken hand during his second ride. We were already missing Mikkel Michelsen who was also nursing an injury sustained during a pre-season friendly so I am hoping that with a more settled team we can give a better account of ourselves this time” said the Lions Team Manager, Norrie Allan.

Belle Vue bring in Carl Wilkinson as a guest for Steven Worrall who is required by his Premier League club and Leicester are at full strength apart from a long term injury to their reserve Josh Auty and his place is taken by the Coventry rider Jason Garrity.

Teams

Belle Vue: 1. Matej Zagar, 2. Max Fricke, 3. Craig Cook, 4. Josh Grajczonek, 5. Scott Nicholls, 6. Carl Wilkinson and 7. Stefan Nielsen

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Piotr Swiderski, 6. Simon Lambert and 7. Jason Garrity

Grand Prix Round 8

Friday, August 28th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Round 8 of the Speedway Grand Prix takes place on Saturday in Poland at the Eddie Jancarz Stadium in Gorzow. Jason Doyle has reached the semi-final stage in three of the previous seven meetings and after scoring 12 points in the last round in Denmark he moved up one place to joint sixth on the leader-board.

Whilst the previous round at the Horsens CASA Arena in Denmark was raced on a temporary track that was specially laid for the occasion, tomorrow’s meeting is staged at a traditional speedway stadium which is the home of Stal Gorzow, the current Polish Elite League Champions. It is a track that Jason is familiar with as he has ridden there this season for his Polish club Torun. His nine points helped his club to a surprise win over the defending champions.

“The contest is really beginning to hot up and it is great to see Tai Woffinden, one of our two British representatives in pole position and thirteen points ahead of his nearest threat Nicki Pedersen. After that there is only seven points difference between Greg Hancock in third place and Maciej Janowski in eighth so anything can happen which makes the competition so interesting. Jason is amongst that group and he has shown that he is in there by merit and has been so close to progressing into his first final. The way he has adjusted to such a high level of competition has made people realise that he has it in him to make a real impact and that milestone of reaching a final is not far away” said Leicester’s Promoter David Hemsley.

Current Standings (top eight riders’ scores after seven rounds):

Tai Woffinden 91 points
Nicki Pedersen 78
Greg Hancock 65
Matej Zagar 65
Chris Holder 61
Niels-Kristian Iversen 60
Jason Doyle 60
Maciej Janowski 58

Swindon v Leicester Preview

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

After Monday’s fixture at King’s Lynn was washed out the Lions try again but this time it is to Wiltshire where they head to race tomorrow against Swindon. The Robins and the speedway world have been rocked with the news that their number one rider Darcy Ward has sustained serious injury whilst riding for his Polish club on Sunday and the team will operate either rider replacement or bring in a guest at number one.

Meanwhile, Leicester are without Simon Lambert because his Premier League club are riding at Ipswich and as the Swindon fixture is a re-arranged meeting  Peterborough have priority over the Lions on this occasion. Simon’s place is taken by Oliver Greenwood who will partner Steve Worrall to cover for Josh Auty at reserve.

Teams

Swindon: 1. Replacement for Darcy Ward tbc, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Nick Morris, 4. Grzegorz Zengota, 5. Troy Batchelor, 6. Charles Wright and 7. Robert Branford

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Piotr Swiderski, 6. Steven Worrall and 7. Oliver Greenwood

Fixture Update

Monday, August 24th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The Lions rained off meeting at Belle Vue on Wednesday 19th August will now take place on Sunday 30th August with a start time of 3.30 pm.

King’s Lynn v Leicester Preview

Monday, August 24th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The Elite League season is drawing to a close and with Poole and Coventry already assured of a place in the play-offs, three teams are currently vying for the two remaining positions – Swindon, Belle Vue and King’s Lynn. The Lions are scheduled to visit all three starting with a trip to King’s Lynn tonight.

The two teams met as recently as eleven days ago in Norfolk where Leicester were in contention up to the end of the eighth heat before King’s Lynn began to pull ahead to finish the match winning by 51 points to 39. That day the Stars were without Robert Lambert but the teenager returns after injury and the Lions make one change to the side that beat Wolverhampton on Saturday with Jason Garrity coming in for Steven Worrall.

Teams

King’s Lynn: 1. Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2. Nicklas Porsing, 3. Robert Lambert, 4. Kenneth Bjerre, 5. Vaclav Milik, 6. Carl Wilkinson and 7. Ashley Morris

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Piotr Swiderski, 6. Simon Lambert and 7. Jason Garrity

Leicester v Wolverhampton Preview

Thursday, August 20th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Leicester and Wolverhampton meet for a second time this week when the two teams go head to head at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Saturday. The Wolves came out on top on Monday by 49-43 but the Lions gained an away point, their first of the season.

It is another attractive fixture in many ways as both teams are striving to avoid finishing bottom of the Elite League table. The Wolves make two changes to the team that beat Leicester on Monday with Lewis Blackbird announcing his retirement during the week; his place will be taken by James Sarjeant. Max Clegg stands in at number seven for Josh Bates who is on international duty with Team GB who is racing for the Under-21’s in a semi-final of the World Cup competition.

Meanwhile the Lions are expecting to include both Sam Masters and Simon Lambert who have been missing from the side since injuries ruled the pair of them out in July. Sam is back riding for Edinburgh at Sheffield tonight and Simon will have his first run-out for Peterborough on Friday. Provided there are no adverse reactions then they will race against Wolverhampton. With two of the three ready to return the reliance upon guests diminishes to leave Leicester just needing to cover one of their reserve positions and on Saturday Steven Worrall will deputise for Auty.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Piotr Swiderski, 6. Steven Worrall  7. Simon Lambert

Wolverhampton: 1. Freddie Lindgren, 2. Jacob Thorssell, 3. Ricky Wells, 4. Tobiasz Musielak, 5. Peter Karlsson, 6. James Sarjeant and 7. Max Clegg

Fixture Update

Thursday, August 20th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The Lions rained off meeting at Coventry on Friday 14th August will now take place on Friday 4th September.

Belle Vue v Leicester Preview

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

After picking up their first away point of the season at Wolverhampton last night the Lions are on the road again tomorrow with a visit to Belle Vue in what will be their fourth meeting in seven days.

The Aces are play-off candidates and they enhanced their position with a win against Swindon on Monday but it came at a cost as Matej Zagar suffered an injury which has ruled him out of tomorrow’s fixture, consequently Belle Vue will operate rider replacement for their Slovakian Champion. Meanwhile Leicester bring in Morten Risager, Carl Wilkinson and Max Clegg to guest for their injured trio of which Sam Masters and Simon Lambert are expected back on Saturday for the team’s return fixture against Wolverhampton at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium.

“Both Sam and Simon are riding for their Premier League clubs on Friday so we are hopeful that neither have any ill effects from their injuries and we can get back to almost a full side again” said the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Teams

Belle Vue: 1. Rider Replacement for Matej Zagar, 2. Richie Worrall, 3. Craig Cook, 4. Josh Grajczonek, 5. Scott Nicholls, 6. Steven Worrall and 7. Stefan Nielsen

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Morten Risager, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Piotr Swiderski, 6. Carl Wilkinson and 7. Max Clegg

Wolverhampton v Leicester Preview

Sunday, August 16th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Leicester’s Midland’s derby fixture at Wolverhampton tomorrow takes on extra importance for both clubs who are anchored at the bottom of the Elite League table. The Lions have three matches in hand over the Wolves and are six points behind their near neighbours.

“As we are the away club there is a maximum of four match points on the table to be raced for if we can achieve a winning margin of more than six so that has to be our goal. Like us the Wolves have been patchy at home and we have to exploit that weakness. We have the best guests possible at reserve who ride the Monmore Green track really well and everyone in the team will be fired up for this one as a positive result is of the utmost importance if we are to close the points’ difference with Wolverhampton in the table” explained the Lions Team Manager, Norrie Allan.

Leicester are tracking the Coventry rider Jason Garrity one of the top reserves in the league and the former Wolverhampton rider Ashley Morris. With Sam Masters still needing a little more time to recuperate following the removal of pins from the hand he broke last month the Lions will engage a guest to replace the Australian.

The two teams meet again on Saturday at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium.

Teams

Wolverhampton: 1. Freddie Lindgren, 2. Jacob Thorssell, 3. Ricky Wells, 4. Tobiasz Musielak, 5. Peter Karlsson, 6. Lewis Blackbird and 7. Josh Bates

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Guest Replacement for Sam Masters tbc, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Piotr Swiderski, 6. Jason Garrity and 7. Ashley Morris

Team Update

Saturday, August 15th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

King’s Lynn team for tonight has been confirmed as the following line-up with Richard Lawson in for the injured Robert Lambert and Newcastle’s Anton Rosen deputising for Vaclav Milik who is riding in a round of the Speedway European Championship finals in Sweden.

1. Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2. Nicklas Porsing, 3.Richard Lawson, 4. Kenneth Bjerre, 5. Anton Rosen, 6. Adam Ellis and 7. Ashley Morris

After the Elite League fixture the Long Eaton Invaders face the King’s Lynn Lightning team in a Midland Development fixture.

Leicester v King’s Lynn Preview

Friday, August 14th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Leicester and King’s Lynn meet for a second time in forty-eight hours when the two teams face one another again at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Saturday. This is no end of season encounter for both clubs as the Lions need the points to enable them to catch up with the team above them in the Elite League table and King’s Lynn to remain in the play-off positions.

With Sam Masters not quite ready to return, Aaron Summers will deputise and there are changes at reserve where Carl Wilkinson makes his third home appearance of the season as a guest for the Lions. Wilkinson, who scored well on his two previous matches for Leicester and scored paid nine for the Stars on Thursday, is partnered by Dan Greenwood.

The visitors welcome back Nicklas Porsing who missed the match on Thursday due to a commitment to ride for his Swedish club and are missing through injury two key riders in Robert Lambert and Lewis Kerr together with Vaclav Milik who is competing in a round of the Speedway European Championship Final.

“For very different reasons there is a great deal at stake for both clubs and it may come down to whose guests perform the best as the deciding factor on the night. For us we cannot afford to lose again at home if we are to have a chance of catching Wolverhampton above us so the stakes are very high on Saturday” said the Lions Team Manager, Norrie Allan.

During the interval of the meeting a collection will be held for the Speedway Riders’ Benevolent Fund. The SRBF exists solely for the purpose of assisting Speedway riders who have become seriously injured, been forced into long-term sickness from their work, or whose lives have been devastated as a result of accidents whilst racing Speedway for British-based teams. Injuries have touched most clubs this season some more than others.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4, Szymon Wozniak, 5. Piotr Swiderski, 6. Carl Wilkinson and 7. Dan Greenwood

King’s Lynn: 1. Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2. Nicklas Porsing, 3. Replacement for Robert Lambert tbc, 4. Kenneth Bjerre, 5. Replacement for Vaclav Milik tbc, 6. Adam Ellis and 7. Ashley Morris

King’s Lynn and Coventry Away Previews

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The Lions enter a busy schedule on Thursday with five meetings in the space of seven days starting with their trip to King’s Lynn. The teams met as recently as two weeks ago with the Stars leading by 35 points to 22 before the match was abandoned after nine heats due to rain.

Kevin Doolan, who covered for Sam Masters is again included and at reserve there are two changes from the fixture a fortnight ago with Steven Worrall and Ben Morley coming into the side. King’s Lynn are also forced into changes following injuries to Lewis Kerr, Robert Lambert and Vaclav Milik.

“Sam had the pins removed from his hand on Friday so I am optimistic that it won’t be too long now before he is back on a bike. Monday’s results did not go in favour of the Stars who dropped out of the top four in the league this week and they will be keen to leapfrog over Swindon and Belle Vue at our expense. We owe our fans a performance after the Poole result and of course we also need the points too” said the Lions Team Manager, Norrie Allan.

Teams

King’s Lynn: 1. Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2. Kevin Wolbert, 3. Rider Replacement for Robert Lambert, 4. Kenneth Bjerre, 5. Dakota North, 6. Carl Wilkinson and 7. Ashley Morris

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Kevin Doolan, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Piotr Swiderski, 6. Steven Worrall and 7. Ben Morley

On Friday the Lions head along the M69 to face the Elite League leaders Coventry and the team are without Grzegorz Walasek who is required by his Polish league club Zielona Gora who have a fixture at Leszno. “It is a real blow to be without Grzegorz because without question he has been almost unbeatable around Brandon in his last two appearances and his presence will be missed. We put up a great show when we were last at Coventry and were unlucky not to have earned a match point. The Bees are riding confidently which comes with winning and being at the top of the league but we will go there with an outlook of taking something from the match” added Allan.

Kevin Doolan continues as partner to Jason Doyle from the night before at King’s Lynn and the reserve pairing at Coventry is Charles Wright and Oliver Greenwood. Coventry also need a replacement for Hans Andersen who is required by his Danish club that night and bring in Ludvig Lindgren to cover for the injured Stuart Robson.

Teams

Coventry

1. Chris Harris, 2. Ludvig Lindgren, 3. Danny King, 4. Replacement for Hans Andersen tbc, 5. Joonas Kylmakorpi, 6. Jason Garrity and 7. James Sarjeant

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Kevin Doolan, 3. Guest Replacement for Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Piotr Swiderski, 6. Charles Wright and 7. Oliver Greenwood

Lions Fixtures Update

Sunday, August 9th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The re-staging of the abandoned Elite League fixture at King’s Lynn on 29th July will now take place on Monday 24th August and the postponed meeting at Belle Vue scheduled for 13th July has a new date of Wednesday 19th August with a start-time of 8.00 pm.

GP moves to Denmark

Friday, August 7th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The Speedway Grand Prix moves to Denmark tomorrow where Round 7 takes place at the CASA Arena in Horsens. It is a new venue on the World Championship calendar and with a temporary circuit built especially for the occasion there is going to be no home track advantage for the sixteen riders.

Tai Woffinden and Nicki Pedersen are beginning to break away from third placed Greg Hancock and behind the defending World Champion just seven points separate fourth from eighth. Jason Doyle is in that group and his eleven points in Sweden last month equalled his previous best performance in the competition.

The Lions captain has accrued a total of 48 points from the previous six rounds which keeps him in contention for one of the automatic places in next season’s completion as only the top eight scorers are guaranteed passage into the 2016 Grand Prix series.

Current standings (top eight after six rounds):

Tai Woffinden 80 points
Nicki Pedersen 71
Greg Hancock 58
Matej Zagar 53
Niels-Kristian Iversen 53
Chris Holder 51
Jason Doyle 48
Maciej Janowski 46

Poole v Leicester Preview

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

It’s a busy month on the road for the Lions with five away fixtures in August starting with the trip to Poole tomorrow night. The Pirates are heading for another play-off position and with Leicester in need of the points the result is going to be very important for both clubs for different reasons.

The Pirates are unchanged from the team that lost at Wolverhampton on Monday and with the Lions still having to cover for their three injured riders, Team Manager Norrie Allan has named Kevin Doolan at two and Oliver Greenwood at seven. A replacement for Josh Auty will be confirmed shortly.

Teams

Poole: 1. Chris Holder, 2. Dakota North, 3. Davey Watt, 4. Kacper Gomolski, 5. Maciej Janowski, 6. Paul Starke and 7. Kyle Newman

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Kevin Doolan, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Piotr Swiderski, 6. Lee Payne and 7. Oliver Greenwood

Lee Payne has been confirmed as the guest riding at number 6

Leicester v Lakeside Preview

Thursday, July 30th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

It’s Elite League action again at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Saturday and another intriguing contest is in prospect as the Lions and the Lakeside Hammers battle it out for the match points. The visitors will be at the end of a hectic schedule as the fixture at Leicester will be their fifth meeting in six days!

With both Andreas Jonsson and Kim Nilsson racing back home in the Swedish Final, the Hammers bring in the Coventry top gun, Hans Andersen who guested for them the last time they were at Leicester in April scoring 15 points. Nilsson’s absence will be covered by rider replacement and they have plenty of talent to call upon to cover for him as each team member is eligible for a ride. At reserve is Richard Hall, the first captain in the new era of the Lions who replaces the injured Ashley Birks.

Meanwhile, Leicester are covering for their three injured riders with Thomas Jorgensen replacing Sam Masters and they bring in two of last season’s Lion Cubs, James Sarjeant and Dan Greenwood at reserve who replace Josh Auty and Simon Lambert.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Thomas Jorgensen, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Piotr Swiderski, 6. James Sarjeant and 7. Dan Greenwood

Lakeside: 1. Hans Andersen, 2. Mikkel Bech, 3. Edward Kennett, 4. Richard Lawson, 5. Rider Replacement for Kim Nilsson, 6. Richard Hall and 7. Adam Ellis

King’s Lynn v Leicester Preview

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Leicester travel east tomorrow to race against King’s Lynn who are play-off candidates and the only unbeaten team at home this season. The Stars have named an unchanged side to face the Lions who include three guests to cover for their injured trio of Sam Masters, Josh Auty and Simon Lambert.

Last season the Lions ran the Stars close and picked up a consolation bonus match point in Norfolk. “Although King’s Lynn have an unblemished record on their own track we have the belief that we will be competitive and capable of achieving a similar result to last time. That has to be our minimum aim again” said the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Teams

King’s Lynn: 1. Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2. Nicklas Porsing, 3. Kenneth Bjerre, 4. Robert Lambert, 5. Vaclav Milik, 6. Lewis Kerr and 7. Ashley Morris

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Kevin Doolan 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Piotr Swiderski, 6. Carl Wilkinson and 7. Ollie Greenwood

Fixture Update

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The Lions Elite League ‘B’ fixture against Coventry at Brandon will now take place on Friday 14th August.

Fixture Update

Friday, July 17th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Leicester’s Elite League fixture which was rained off at Wolverhampton on 6th July will now take place on Monday 7th September

Belle Vue v Leicester Preview

Sunday, July 12th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Josh Auty returns to the team for Leicester’s trip to Belle Vue tomorrow evening. The Lions high scoring reserve has been out of the side since breaking his hand at the beginning of May which caused him to miss ten Elite League fixtures but after completing a number of practice laps at Scunthorpe after the meeting on Friday without any ill effects he has declared himself fit to take his place again.

Leicester are still having to cover for the absence of Grzegorz Walasek who broke a collar-bone whilst racing in Poland last month and Team Manager Norrie Allan has booked Kyle Howarth as a replacement for the meeting. Howarth guested for the Lions earlier in the season at Belle Vue and the British Under-21 Champion ended the evening as the team’s top scorer with 12 points with Auty the next best with nine. With Masters another casualty following his accident in the meeting at Leicester yesterday the Lions have named the Coventry and former Belle Vue rider Jason Garrity to deputise.

Teams

Belle Vue: 1. Matej Zagar, 2. Max Fricke, 3. Craig Cook, 4. Josh Grajczonek, 5. Scott Nicholls, 6. Steven Worrall and 7. Stefan Nielsen

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Jason Garrity, 3. Kyle Howarth, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Piotr Swiderski, 6. Simon Lambert and 7. Josh Auty

Leicester v Swindon Preview

Thursday, July 9th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Leicester and Swindon meet for the second time in twelve days on Saturday at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium. The last occasion ended with the Lions winners by 52 points to 38 but it is a re-shaped Robins team that will take to the track for the Elite League ‘B’ fixture.

With Adrian Miedzinski calling time on his spell at Swindon the Wiltshire club announced the signing of Darcy Ward in the week and confirmation is awaited as to whether he will be in their team for Saturday’s fixture. Eduard Krcmar, who scored nine points in the World Under-21 Qualifier at Leicester last season is set to make his Elite League debut against the Lions and the person to make way for the Czech Republic rider is Kyle Howarth the British Under-21 Champion.

With Troy Batchelor side-lined following a heavy fall in the British Grand Prix at Cardiff, Swindon boss Alun Rossiter brings in Craig Cook and down at reserve Adam Roynon replaces Charles Wright who is needed by Somerset.

“We had the match sewn up pretty early but I envisage a close contest this time around particularly if Darcy Ward is in their side as his presence will inspire his teammates. Eduard Krcmar has already ridden at Leicester and he will want to start his career in the UK with a good score. After much thought I have decided to cover for Grzegorz Walasek’s absence with rider replacement as I believe that our top four are going well enough to score the additional points rather than bring in a guest and Carl Wilkinson receives another booking in place of Josh Auty” explained the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Rider Replacement for Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Piotr Swiderski, 6. Simon Lambert and  7 Carl Wilkinson

Swindon: 1. To be confirmed, 2. Eduard Krcmar, 3. Nick Morris, 4. Grzegorz Zengota, 5. Craig Cook, 6. Adam Roynon and 7. Lewis Rose

Wolverhampton v Leicester Preview

Sunday, July 5th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Leicester travel to Wolverhampton tomorrow hoping to pick up their first away points of the season. “The Wolves are just three points ahead of us in the table and whilst they have lost their last four fixtures they are a formidable side at home but if we are to improve our league position then it is a match that we must win” said the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Wolverhampton are waiting on news that Lewis Blackbird has come through his match for Peterborough today without any reaction following an injury, otherwise they expect to have their full complement of riders against Leicester.

The Lions are still missing Josh Auty who is close to a return and bring in Charles Wright as a replacement together with Robert Lambert who will guest for the injured Grzegorz Walasek.

Teams

Wolverhampton: 1. Freddie Lindgren, 2. Jacob Thorssell, 3. Tobiasz Musielak, 4. Ricky Wells, 5. Peter Karlsson, 6. Josh Bates and 7. Lewis Blackbird

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Robert Lambert, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Piotr Swiderski, 6. Simon Lambert and 7. Charles Wright

Leicester’s fixture at Swindon on Thursday 9th July has now been rescheduled to take place on 27th August and the postponed meeting at King’s Lynn on 4th May will now take place on 13th August.

Leicester v Swindon Preview

Friday, June 26th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

image1Leicester face the Swindon Robins in Monday’s Sky Sports televised fixture at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium in what is seen as a crucial match for both clubs. The Lions need the points to help them catch up with the teams above them and the Robins to maintain their push for a play-off position.

Swindon are at full strength with the return of Adrian Medzinski who has been out of the side since collecting an injury at the beginning of the season. With Grand Prix rider Troy Batchelor leading the Robins out and Leicester track specialist Nick Morris at number five the visitors will be a threat to the Lions.

Piotr Swiderski will be making his home debut for Leicester and the Lions are almost back to a full complement for this fixture with one exception as Carl Wilkinson replaces the injured Josh Auty.

With Monday’s meeting being televised live by Sky Sports the occasion is being marked with a special admission price for all adults of £7.50.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Piotr Swiderski, 6. Simon Lambert and 7. Carl Wilkinson

Swindon: 1. Troy Batchelor, 2. Kyle Howarth, 3. Adrian Medzinski, 4. Grzegorz Zengota, 5. Nick Morris, 6. Charles Wright and 7. Lewis Rose

Pictured: Quinto making the preparations for Monday’s Sky Sports televised meeting

Lakeside v Leicester Preview

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Friday’s visit to Lakeside marks the debut of the Lions new signing Piotr Swiderski against his former club and it will be an important fixture for both clubs. The Hammers are the team immediately above Leicester in the Elite League table with four points more but the Lions have three matches in hand.

Simon Lambert returns to the side after missing the recent Coventry and Belle Vue meetings but they are still without Josh Auty and bring in Josh Bates to cover for his absence. With Sam Masters required by his Premier League team, Richie Worrall will guest at number two.

Teams

Lakeside: 1. Andreas Jonsson, 2. Mikkel Bech, 3. Edward Kennett, 4. Richard Lawson, 5. Davey Watt, 6. Adam Ellis and 7. Ashley Birks

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Richie Worrall, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Piotr Swiderski, 6. Simon Lambert and 7. Josh Bates

Leicester v Belle Vue Preview

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

After a three week break Elite League action returns to the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Saturday with the visit of the Belle Vue Aces. The visitors have three top quality heat leaders in the Grand Prix rider Matej Zagar, British Final runner-up Craig Cook and Scott Nicholls who captain’s the side.

Meanwhile, Leicester welcome back Grzegorz Walasek who has missed seven meetings due to two separate injuries to his hand but are without Simon Lambert who is side-lined following a crash at Newcastle on Sunday.

With Lambert’s fellow reserve partner Josh Auty also still out of action Norrie Allan has brought in Ashley Morris and the former Lions rider Charles Wright at reserve. With no permanent replacement yet for the retired Lewis Bridger the Lions have co-opted the services of the highly rated Australian Brady Kurtz. The teenager showed a maturity beyond his years when he helped out Leicester last month and receives another opportunity to excel in the higher level of racing.

“We have a good record against Belle Vue at Leicester and need to keep the trend going as we are in touching distance of moving off the bottom of the league table if we can secure a win on Saturday” stated the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Before the track action gets underway there is pre-meeting entertainment in the shape of a penalty shoot-out on the infield when children of all ages are challenged to test their skills against Filbert Fox. The event starts at 6.45 pm and ends at 7.10 pm, so Mum’s and Dad’s why not bring along your budding footballing children for a bit of fun before the Lions take on the Aces. The entertainment continues during the interval of the Elite League fixture when the Leicester Theatre Group will perform a scene from the hit Musical Fame.

On a more sombre note, we will be showing our respect to Dennis Manton who has sadly passed away. Dennis was an active campaigner during the years leading up to the return of speedway in Leicester and is sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak. 5. Brady Kurtz, 6. Ashley Morris and 7. Charles Wright

Belle Vue: 1. Matej Zagar, 2. Max Fricke, 3. Craig Cook, 4. Josh Grajczonek, 5. Scott Nicholls, 6. Steven Worrall and 7. Stefan Nielsen

Coventry v Leicester Preview

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

After a break of three weeks the Lions are back in Elite League action on Friday when the team travel to Coventry in search of a win. Leicester welcome back Grzegorz Walasek from injury but are missing Sam Masters who is riding for Edinburgh and in his place is Ulrich Ostergaard. With no new signing on the horizon yet to replace the retired Lewis Bridger the Swindon rider Grzegorz Zengota and former Coventry Bee will guest for the club.

At reserve, as Josh Auty is still side-lined and with Simon Lambert now joining him on the injured list, Oliver Greenwood and Richard Hall will deputise.

Teams

Coventry: 1. Hans Andersen, 2. Stuart Robson, 3. Joonas Kylmakorpi, 4. Danny King, 5. Chris Harris, 6. Jason Garrity and 7. James Sarjeant

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Ulrich Ostergaard, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Grzegorz Zengota, 6. Oliver Greenwood and 7. Richard Hall

Future Stars on Show at Leicester

Thursday, June 4th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

MH7D3863 (2)The future stars of speedway will be competing in Round 3 of the British Youth Championship on Sunday at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium. It is the fourth occasion that Leicester has hosted the event and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. The competition has grown year on year in its popularity and many of today’s younger riders have graduated from this level and into the National and Premier Leagues.

There will be plenty of interest for spectators to see, especially Kyle Bickley who is a name to watch in the 250cc class. Kyle retained his 125cc World title in Plezn, Czech Republic last month against a field of riders, some of whom were older and much more experienced than the thirteen year old from Cumbria. Kyle will be bringing the trophy he won with him for all to see.

For Lions fans their two mascots, the Thompson twins will be competing in the 125cc section. Dan and Joe have shown up well in the two previous rounds at Scunthorpe and Eastbourne, each making the rostrum on both occasions and will be looking to put their Leicester track knowledge to good use.

“If previous staging of the British Youth Championship at Leicester is anything to go by then Sunday’s event will be another great occasion. The skill level of these young riders is incredibly high right from the youngest through to the 500cc section. The racing is enthralling as they all want to win and of course the added bonus for Lions fans is the fact that the Thompson twins, Dan and Joe will be battling it out to continue their great form. With fifty-seven races on Sunday it is going to be a feast of speedway for fans to watch and like previous years it will flow very quickly with hardly any gaps in between. The meeting is incredibly well organised and it is testimony to the event co-ordinator Neil Vatcher who puts so much energy and time into running the British Youth Championship” enthused the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.

The stadium ticket office will be open at 1.00 pm on Sunday and admission prices are: Adults £8.00, Children (aged 10 to under 16) £2 and under ten’s are free. This meeting is also included as part of the season ticket offer. With fifty-three heats on the programme and four finals the admission prices represent great value and the meeting will start at an earlier time of 3.00 pm on Sunday.

Photograph by Mark Hall Photography

Back Row left to right Jack Parkinson-Blackburn, Jamie Halder and Stephen Whitehouse
Front row: Dan Thompson (left) and Joe Thompson

 

Lions on TV

Friday, May 29th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Leicester’s Elite League ‘A’ fixture at home to Swindon which was postponed in March will now take place on Monday 29th June in front of the Sky Sports cameras at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium.

Leicester v Wolverhampton Preview

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

It’s another Midlands derby fixture at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Saturday with the visit of Wolverhampton. The Wolves are led by ‘Super Swede’ Freddie Lindgren who gave the UK a miss last year but is back and scoring plenty of points again. So too is Peter Karlsson who defies the age barrier. At forty-five Peter is still going strong in the Elite League and so far his scores have been magical. Ricky Wells is in fine form too and completing the team are two former Leicester riders at reserve, Jason Garrity who replaces the injured Lewis Blackbird and Max Clegg in for Josh Bates who is competing in a World Under-21 qualifier.

Leicester meanwhile have replaced Grzegorz Walasek who broke his wrist whilst competing in a Grand Prix Challenge qualifier together with Josh Auty who is still recuperating from injury and the retirement of Lewis Bridger with three guest riders on Saturday. Sam Masters, the Lions latest signing makes his home debut and will form the opening partnership with Jason Doyle.

“I have set the team up to give us the best possible chance of success against Wolverhampton. I have gone for riders who have shown some good form around Leicester in Steven Worrall who has had two excellent meetings so far here this season. Nick Morris always relishes his visits and Richard Lawson too has had some notable meetings and scored double figures for Lakeside last season. After all the bad luck that has come our way recently I am looking forward to a period of normality and a win on Saturday going into the World Cup break would be a boost to the morale in the club and it will give David Hemsley and I a little breathing space to explore who is available to replace Lewis Bridger before we resume our league fixtures later next month” explained the Lions Team Manager, Norrie Allan.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Nick Morris, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Richard Lawson, 6. Simon Lambert and Steven Worrall

Wolverhampton: 1. Freddie Lindgren, 2. Jacob Thorssell, 3. Rider replacement for Tobiasz Musielak, 4. Ricky Wells,  5. Peter Karlsson, 6. Jason Garrity and 7. Max Clegg

Poole v Leicester Preview

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The Lions head to Dorset tomorrow night for the return Elite League fixture against Poole. The Pirates are unchanged from Monday’s meeting at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium with the exception of two positional changes at numbers 2 and 4. Whereas Leicester include three guests, Nick Morris for Lewis Bridger, Richard Lawson for Grzegorz Walasek and Charles Wright for Josh Auty.

Sam Masters, who was a runner up in the Grand Prix Challenge qualifier in Abensberg, Germany on Monday makes his debut for the Lions and forms an opening partnership with Jason Doyle.

Teams:

Poole: 1. Davey Watt, 2. Chris Holder, 3. Dakota North, 4. Kacper Gomolski, 5. Maciej Janowski, 6. Paul Starke and 7. Kyle Newman

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Nick Morris, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Richard Lawson, 6. Charles Wright and 7. Simon Lambert

Leicester v Poole Preview

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The next speedway action takes place at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday with another mouth-watering contest between the Lions and the current Elite League Champions, the Poole Pirates. It is another must-see fixture against the most successful club of the modern era. The visitors are led by one of Poland’s brightest prospects for future stardom, Maciej Janowski who assumed the captaincy late last season. Maciej shares the three heat leader roles with two Australians, Dakota North and Davey Watt. With the 2012 World Champion Chris Holder at number four along with Kacper Gomolski, runner-up in last season’s World Under-21 Championship the Pirates have quality running right through the side. Completing the team is their high scoring reserve Kyle Newman who shares the reserves positions with Paul Starke.

The meeting gets underway at 7.30 pm.

Leicester v Coventry Preview

Thursday, May 7th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

It is another big match for the Lions on Saturday at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium with the visit of the Coventry Bees who are currently setting the pace at the top of the Elite League table. There are changes on both sides due to a Danish Championship qualifier taking place that day which has denied the Bees the use of Hans Andersen and the Lions rider Mikkel Michelsen who are both competing in the same meeting. Grzegorz Walasek is still missing from the side since breaking his hand at Belle Vue in April and there is a further change at reserve where Steven Worrall comes in for the unavailable Josh Auty who is riding in a Premier League fixture for Scunthorpe at Rye House.

“Coventry have set off at a blistering pace, possibly even stunning themselves if truth be known but what a start they have made. We have to be on our best form to succeed against them” acknowledged the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

The meeting gets underway at 7.30 pm on Saturday and after the senior event there is a Midland Development League fixture between the Long Eaton Invaders and Coventry Mercia-Vikings.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Replacement for Mikkel Michelsen tbc, 3. Replacement for Grzegorz Walasek tbc, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Bjarne Pedersen, 6. Steven Worrall and 7. Simon Lambert

Coventry: 1. Replacement for Hans Andersen tbc, 2. Stuart Robson, 3. Joonas Kylmakorpi, 4. Danny King, 5. Chris Harris, 6. Jason Garrity and 7. James Sarjeant

King’s Lynn v Leicester Preview

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

After Monday’s fixture at Leicester, the Lions and King’s Lynn meet again tonight in the return fixture at the Norfolk Arena where King’s Lynn are unbeaten at home this season. Whilst the Stars are unchanged from the side that won at Leicester, Max Fricke continues as a guest replacement for the Lions injured Polish rider Grzegorz Walasek and Kyle Howarth deputises for Mikkel Michelsen who will be riding for his Danish League club Slangerup tonight.

Teams

King’s Lynn: 1. Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2. Robert Lambert, 3. Rory Schlein, 4. Nicklas Porsing, 5. Kenneth Bjerre, 6. Ashley Morris and 7. Lewis Kerr

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Kyle Howarth, 3. Max Fricke, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Bjarne Pedersen, 6. Josh Auty and 7. Simon Lambert

Leicester v King’s Lynn Preview

Friday, May 1st, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The Lions are in action against the King’s Lynn Stars on Bank Holiday Monday when they go in search of another three Elite League match points against one of last season’s play-off semi-finalists. The Norfolk club are one of the most attractive teams in the league with Niels-Kristian Iversen, a world class rider at the head of their side, who, along with the former Danish Champion, Kenneth Bjerre and Australian International Rory Schlein form a strong spearhead. Backing up this trio is the British teenage sensation Robert Lambert and the dashing Dane Nicklas Porsing. Completing the team is the Stars reserve pairing of Lewis Kerr and Ashley Morris.

Whilst King’s Lynn are unchanged, the Lions will be including a guest replacement for their injured star, Grzegorz Walasek at number three. “Results wise King’s Lynn have started quietly so far but you will discount them at your peril as there is quality running right through their team. We have to duplicate the same approach as we did against Lakeside and possibly ratchet our performance up to another level in order to gain a result” explained the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

With Grzegorz still on the side-lines following an injury he sustained at Belle Vue last month, Leicester will cover for his absence with a guest replacement and the action begins at 7.30 pm when another feast of speedway racing is in prospect.

Teams

Leicester:  1. Jason Doyle, 2. Mikkel Michelsen, 3. Guest replacement for Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Bjarne Pedersen, 6. Josh Auty and 7. Simon Lambert

King’s Lynn: 1. Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2. Robert Lambert, 3. Rory Schlein, 4. Nicklas Porsing, 5. Kenneth Bjerre, 6. Ashly Morris and 7. Lewis Kerr

Mikkel Returns

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The Lions welcome back Mikkel Michelsen to the team for Saturday’s Elite League home fixture against the Lakeside Hammers. Mikkel has missed virtually a full month of the season following an injury sustained in the second leg of the East Midlands Bowl at Coventry in March. “Mikkel had a successful run-out last week in Denmark, scoring well in two meetings and it is a big plus to have him back. Of course that is balanced out by the loss of Grzegorz Walasek who is back home in Poland recuperating following his crash at Belle Vue where he broke his hand. Greg’s form around Leicester is impressive and he was scoring way above his current average so that is going to be a challenge to find guests who can also score above their base figure but in Nick Morris I believe that we have found such a person as his record as a visiting rider is impressive” explained the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

The Australian will partner Bjarne Pedersen in two heats and a further two with Szymon Wozniak. Meanwhile the Hammers are also bedevilled with injury concerns as Andreas Jonsson has been ruled out due to a problem to his knee following a crash whilst he was riding for his Polish club. Hans Andersen will deputise for Jonsson on Saturday. Steve Boxall, the visitors latest signing, is also ruled out after a fall whilst representing Rye House last week and his place is taken by Carl Wilkinson.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Mikkel Michelsen, 3. Nick Morris, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Bjarne Pedersen, 6. Josh Auty and 7. Simon Lambert

Lakeside: 1. Hans Andersen, 2. Kim Nilsson, 3. Mikkel Bech, 4. Edward Kennett, 5. Richard Lawson, 6. Adam Ellis and 7. Carl Wilkinson

Fixture Update

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Leicester’s postponed Elite League fixture at Coventry on 3rd April has now been provisionally pencilled in to take place on Friday 19th June at Brandon. Coventry are currently looking at options regarding fixtures and a further update will be made in due course regarding this fixture.

Lions on TV

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Leicester’s Elite League fixture at Coventry which was scheduled for Friday 19th June will now take place on Monday 1st June when Sky Sports will be filming the match live from Brandon.

Belle Vue v Leicester Preview

Sunday, April 12th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

After collecting their first league points of the season on Saturday against Belle Vue the Lions travel to Manchester tomorrow for the return fixture. With their injured Dane Mikkel Michelsen not expected back for another two weeks, Leicester’s Team Manager Norrie Allan has named Kyle Howarth as a guest replacement. Howarth spent a part of his early career racing for the Aces and is currently contracted to Swindon.

Belle Vue are back to full strength with the return of their top rider Matej Zagar for this match after competing in his country’s national championship on Saturday.

Teams

Belle Vue: 1. Matej Zagar, 2. Max Fricke, 3. Scott Nicholls, 4. Craig Cook, 5. Simon Stead, 6. Steven Worrall and 7. Stefan Nielsen

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Kyle Howarth, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Bjarne Pedersen, 6. Josh Auty and 7. Simon Lambert

Leicester v Belle Vue Preview

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The Lions go into the match on Saturday against Belle Vue fully committed to securing the match points after disappointing displays at Lakeside and home to Coventry. The Aces are without Craig Cook who is required by Edinburgh and the visitors bring in one of their former riders Richie Worrall as a guest replacement. Also missing is the multi-Slovenian Individual Champion Matej Zagar who is defending his title on Saturday when he competes in Round 2 of the competition at the Lendava circuit. The Aces are yet to confirm whether they will cover for his absence with a guest or share Zagar’s rides out with his teammates.

With the seven-time British Champion Scott Nicholls and the fast emerging Max Fricke together with the return of the former Leicester rider Simon Stead, the visitors have an attractive side and one that is widely tipped to be a contender for one of the four play-off positions. Leicester meanwhile are still having to cover for their injured Dane Mikkel Michelsen who picked up an injury in the second meeting of the season at Coventry and they will be including a guest at number two in the side to partner Jason Doyle.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Guest for Mikkel Michelsen, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Bjarne Pedersen, 6. Josh Auty and 7. Simon Lambert

Belle Vue: 1. Guest or Rider Replacement for Matej Zagar, 2. Max Fricke, 3. Scott Nicholls, 4. Richie Worrall, 5. Simon Stead, 6. Steven Worrall and 7. Stefan Nielsen

Double Easter date with Coventry

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Doyle-Harris-Michelsen-King-SD-4462Leicester and Coventry meet up for a second time in as many weeks on Good Friday following the Lions win in the East Midlands Bowl last month by an aggregate score of 103 points to 79. On this occasion there are Elite League points at stake and Leicester will be in search of their first away win of the season.

The Bees have made one change to their team since the two clubs last met with the addition of the four-time World-Long Track Champion, Joonas Kylmakorpi who replaces Jakub Jamrog and already Coventry have gained their first Elite League match points of the season following their win over West Midlands rivals Wolverhampton. Meanwhile Leicester are still without Mikkel Michelsen who injured his foot at Coventry and Team Manager Norrie Allan has engaged the Australian Under-21 Champion, Max Fricke to deputise.

Teams for Friday

Coventry: 1. Hans Andersen, 2. Stuart Robson, 3. Danny King, 4. Joonas Kylmakorpi, 5. Chris Harris, 6. Jason Garrity, 7. James Sarjeant

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Max Fricke 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Bjarne Pedersen, 6. Josh Auty, 7. Simon Lambert

The action then moves to the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Saturday night when the two teams go head to head in the return fixture and the King’s Lynn captain Rory Schlein will cover for Michelsen’s absence. “It is important that we come out of the two meetings with match points on the board which will give us confidence for the challenges ahead. In Max and Rory I believe that we have two very good riders covering for Mikkel and the results from the Easter fixtures will give us an early indication of what we can expect from the season” explained Norrie Allan.

Teams for Saturday

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Rory Schlein 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Bjarne Pedersen, 6. Josh Auty, 7. Simon Lambert

Coventry: 1. Hans Andersen, 2. Stuart Robson, 3. Danny King, 4. Joonas Kylmakorpi, 5. Chris Harris, 6. Jason Garrity, 7. James Sarjeant

The meeting at Leicester on Saturday gets underway at the usual time of 7.30 pm and the senior event is followed by a six heat Midlands Development League fixture between Long Eaton and Stoke.

Lakeside v Leicester Preview

Thursday, March 26th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The Lions team make the journey south tomorrow to Lakeside for their opening Elite League fixture of the season. The Hammers were one of several teams that made the early running for a place in the play-off’s but their momentum petered out leaving them in sixth place and ten points off fourth position. Three of their top five from last season have returned and the announcement that Andreas Jonsson was returning to British Speedway was one of the top stories of the winter transfer news.

Leicester’s Team Manager Norrie Allan is forced into an early season change to the side that won the East Midlands Bowl last week. Mikkel Michelsen, who injured his foot in the second leg of the ‘Bowl’ at Coventry, is missing and his place has been taken by Ben Barker who will form an opening pairing with Jason Doyle.

“I have spoken to Mikkel and he is hopeful of a return to the team in 2 to 3 weeks’ time and that is good news as I feared that he would be out of the side for much longer. Ben was pleased to help us out and what I like about him is that he gives you full commitment and in my view he is an ideal replacement. Lakeside are a very good home side and it is a venue that can inspire a visiting team to  a higher level if you can at least match them point for point early on” commented the Lions Promoter Norrie Allan.

Teams

Lakeside: 1. Andreas Jonsson, 2. Kim Nilsson, 3. Mikkel Bech, 4. Edward Kennett, 5. Richard Lawson, 6. Adam Ellis and 7. Ashley Birks

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Ben Barker, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Bjarne Pedersen, 6. Josh Auty and 7. Simon Lambert

Coventry v Leicester Preview

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Leicester travel to Coventry on Friday for the return fixture in the East Midlands Bowl. The Lions overran the Bees at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Sunday, winning the first leg by 63 points to 27, a score-line that broke their previous best result at home.

“It is another opportunity to get some track time in before the official fixtures begin. Having all seven riders on top form at the same time is a team manager’s dream but it rarely works out that way but it did against the Bees on Sunday. I am expecting Coventry to be a different proposition on their own track to how they performed at Leicester because they are far better than that. I am sure the Bees main aim will be to win this match to make some amends for the result in the first leg so it is essential that we get some early successes and points on the board. I can see that it will be a close contest with no more than six points’ difference between the two sides” explained the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Both teams make changes as the Lions welcome back their winter signing Simon Lambert who missed Sunday’s meeting. Lambert was given permission to race for his Premier League club the Peterborough Panthers and he top scored with eleven points against a Great Britain Select. For Coventry, Hans Andersen returns to the side after a family bereavement and takes his place at the head of the team.

Teams

Coventry: 1. Hans Andersen, 2. Stuart Robson, 3. Danny King, 4. Jakub Jamrog, 5. Chris Harris, 6. Jason Garrity and 7. James Sarjeant

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Mikkel Michelsen, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Bjarne Pedersen, 6. Josh Auty and 7. Simon Lambert

Saturday 28th March v Swindon

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Leicester’s Elite League fixture against Swindon on Saturday 28th March will not now take place and a new staging date will be advised in due course.

East Midlands Bowl Preview

Friday, March 13th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Wozniak-S- MH3It is the start of the new speedway season on Sunday when the Leicester Lions host the first leg of the Kleeford Coins sponsored East Midlands Bowl at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium against the Coventry Bees. Coventry are missing their number one rider Hans Andersen due to a family bereavement and the Lions have engaged Kent rider Ben Morley as a guest at number seven as their reserve Simon Lambert has been granted permission to race for his Premier League club the Peterborough Panthers that afternoon.

Leicester completed their team for the season with the announcement last weekend that Grzegorz Walasek will race for the club and he will form a strong heat leader partnership with Jason Doyle and Bjarne Pedersen. In the middle of the team the Lions have Mikkel Michelsen, a talented Dane, and the current Polish Under-21 Champion Szymon Wozniak (pictured) in support of the heat leaders. With two new reserves in Josh Auty and Simon Lambert the club has opted for more experience at six and seven than the previous year.

Last season was a near miss affair for the Bees who, after securing a comfortable third place in the Elite League, beat Swindon in the semi-final of the play-offs before losing to Poole Pirates in the final. The Warwickshire club have retained the nucleus of the side who were part of last season’s team and welcome back Chris Harris their captain and Grand Prix rider who is in his testimonial year. Harris is joined at the sharp end by the Danish international Hans Andersen along with Danny King who helped Team GB reach the final of the Speedway World Cup. Supporting this trio are two former Leicester riders at reserve, Jason Garrity and James Sarjeant together with Stuart Robson who was a winter signing for the Bees. Completing the team is a newcomer to British Speedway, twenty-three year old Jakub Jamrog from Poland who makes his debut for Coventry on Sunday.

“On balance we are in for an exciting season opener against one of the top clubs in the Elite League. They come no bigger than Coventry who have put together another very competitive team again. It will be an interesting contest on Sunday because I believe that we have also pieced together seven riders who are capable of making a strong challenge for a place in the play-offs.  Apart from Jason Doyle we have a completely new set of riders so there will be no home track advantage for us to begin with. I am sure that there will be many talking points leading up to Sunday and through the meeting itself as both sets of fans will no doubt relish the prospect of watching the two Grand Prix riders Chris Harris and Jason Doyle compete against one another.  There are also other interesting contests to look forward to between both sets of riders and I can see that the scores will be very close over the two matches” commented the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.

Racing gets underway at 12 noon on Sunday with the ticket sales office open two hours earlier.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Mikkel Michelsen, 3. Grzegorz Walasek, 4. Szymon Wozniak, 5. Bjarne Pedersen, 6. Josh Auty and 7. Ben Morley

Coventry: 1. Hans Andersen (rider replacement), 2. Stuart Robson, 3. Danny King, 4. Jakub Ramrog, 5. Chris Harris, 6. Jason Garrity and 7. James Sarjeant

Photograph by Mark Hall Photography

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