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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

Club Fixtures Update

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The Lions three Bank Holiday home meetings against King’s Lynn (Monday 4th May), Poole (25th May and 31st August) will now start at the later time of 7.30 pm to allow Josh Auty to take his place in the team as he will be riding for his Premier League club, the Scunthorpe Scorpions earlier in the afternoon.

The British Youth Championship at Leicester has a new date and will now be staged on Sunday 7th June with a start-time of 3.00 pm.

Leicester to host ELRC

Friday, February 6th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Attachment-1 (1)Leicester will stage the Elite League Riders’ Championship on Saturday 21st March, which is one of the top fixtures in the calendar. Last season’s meeting was won by the Swindon rider Troy Batchelor ahead of Maciej Janowski who was representing Poole and in third place was the Lions rider Jason Doyle.

“Apart from our opening night in 2011 and last season’s staging of the Speedway Riders’ Benevolent Fund meeting this is by far our most important event to date.  It is an honour to be awarded such a plum meeting on behalf of British Speedway and with each team represented on the night it gives fans an early opportunity to watch at least one of their top riders competing for the trophy” commented the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.

Meanwhile the season opens at Leicester the week before when the Lions entertain the Coventry Bees on Sunday 15th March in the first leg of the East Midlands Bowl with a start-time of 12 noon.

Mitas British Youth Championships

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 | Fixtures, News

BritishYouthWinners-SD-4223The Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium will be the venue for Round 3 of the competition on Sunday 14th June with a start-time of 3.00 pm. It will be the fourth staging of the competition to be held at Leicester and it is another chance for fans to turn-out in support of the next wave of budding British stars of the track. Under the guidance of Neil Vatcher the British Youth Championship has grown in stature year on year and many of today’s British riders have come through the ranks and are now racing at a senior level.

Leicester’s two team mascots, twins Dan and Joe Thompson will be competing in the 125cc class and there will be an early opportunity to watch the pair in action during the Speedway Riders’ Benevolent Fund meeting at Swindon on Sunday 8th March. The racing gets underway at 4.00 pm and during the course of the meeting the two brothers will be taking part in demonstration laps. “They are both thrilled to be invited along to take part in such a worthy cause” commented the twins Father, Darren.

To find out more about the Mitas British Youth Championships go to www.younglionsspeedway.co.uk

Start time change for EMB

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The first leg of the East Midlands Bowl between Leicester and Coventry will now take place at the earlier time of 12.00 noon at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Sunday 15th March to allow fans to travel to King’s Lynn for the Rory Schlein Testimonial which starts at 6.00 pm that evening.

During the second leg at Coventry on Friday 20th March, a collection will take place with proceeds going to Lee Richardson’s family, with the Memorial meeting for the former Great Britain international also taking place at Lakeside on that evening.

Lions face Bees in East Midlands Bowl

Monday, January 19th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

Leicester will open the new season with home and away fixtures against the Coventry Bees in March when the two teams will race for the East Midlands Bowl. The competition was once the traditional season opener between the two clubs and dates back to 1951.

“We were close to staging the event towards the end of last season but with Coventry qualifying for the Elite League play-offs there was not an ideal time to organise the event. Bringing it forward to the month of March, which was its traditional place in the calendar, is far better and the dates provide both teams with two meaningful meetings before the official Elite League fixtures begin. As our nearest neighbours, matches between Leicester and Coventry invariably creates a special derby atmosphere and I am sure that both sets of fans will be pleased to read that the East Midlands Bowl has been re-introduced” said the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.

Leicester will host the first leg at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Sunday 15th March (start-time 5.00 pm) with the return at Coventry on Friday 20th March.

2015 Fixtures now on-line

Monday, January 19th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

The Rapid Solicitors Lions begin their second season in the Elite League with a visit to Lakeside on Friday 27th March. “It is a challenging start to the season with our first match away from home at Lakeside. They have Andreas Jonsson, one of the leading riders in the Grand Prix, returning to the club he last rode for in 2008. At present Swindon are scheduled to open our Elite League fixtures at Leicester the following night although the opposition may change to a different visiting club. We are also working on staging a challenge match and further details will follow once arrangements have been finalised” confirmed the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.

The Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium will be the venue for Round 3 of the Mitas British Youth Championship competition when the cream of this country’s youngsters will be on show. The fixture will be the fourth staging of this event at Leicester and the individual style meeting takes place on Sunday 14th June.

Meetings at Leicester will take place on the Lions traditional Saturday race-night with the exception of three dates which fall on Bank Holidays in May and August. The fixtures against King’s Lynn and Poole (twice) will begin at an earlier time of 5.00pm.

National League Grand Final

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Coventry’s home leg of the National League Grand Final against Cradley on Friday will now take place at Leicester (7.30 pm).

Coventry have been informed that Brandon Stadium is no longer available as the staging venue for this meeting due to preparations for Saturday’s Stock Car event. An alternative venue has therefore been sourced as it was felt this was a far more preferable option than to simply concede the tie.

Coventry Speedway wish to thank Leicester promoter David Hemsley and his staff for their co-operation in allowing the use of the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium for this important meeting, as well as the Cradley management for their agreement to the change.

The City Gearboxes Storm trail the Heathens by just ten points going into the second leg of their National League title-deciding clash.

We acknowledge the circumstances are far from ideal but we hope as many supporters as possible will be able to make the trip to Leicester to back the Storm on Friday.

Admission: Adults £12, Children Free. Programme: £2.

News item taken from www.coventrybees.co

Leicester v Poole Preview

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Leicester will complete their final Elite League fixture of the season tomorrow when they take on the Poole Pirates at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium. The Pirates are one of the most successful teams in the history of the competition and on their last visit to Leicester in August the result was in the balance right until the very last lap. It was a terrific performance from both sides and the Rapid Solicitors Lions achieved a draw after four fantastic laps by Jason Doyle who had to draw upon his track knowledge to overhaul Maciej Janowski on the run-in to the chequered flag.

“Poole have had a fantastic year again and despite being without Darcy Ward they are still a hard side to beat so we will have to be at the top of our game and I can see the match being as close as the last time they were here” commented the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Poole are missing their two injured riders Vaclav Milik and Przemyslaw Pawlicki therefore the Pirates have covered for their absences with two guest riders, Nick Morris and Dakota North.

With Leicester having dispensed with the services of Mads Korneliussen on Sunday, the captain’s armband has been passed to Simon Stead who fulfils the same role for his Premier League club.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Guest for Krzysztof Buczkowski, 3. Guest or rider replacement for Mads Korneliussen, 4. Nicolai Klindt, 5. Simon Stead, 6. Josh Bates and 7. Max Clegg

Poole: 1. Guest or rider replacement for Darcy Ward, 2. Josh Grajczonek, 3. Nick Morris, 4. Dakota North, 5. Maciej Janowski, 6. Benji Compton and 7. Kyle Newman

Leicester v King’s Lynn Preview

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

With the race to finish in the top two places of the Elite League table coming to a conclusion the final positions could rest upon the results at Leicester as King’s Lynn and Poole are the next clubs to appear at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium.

King’s Lynn are the first visitors on Thursday and currently head the table, a position they have occupied for most of the season. The Stars though face the Rapid Solicitors Lions without two of their riders as Niels-Kristian Iversen and Lewis Rose are both side-lined with knee injuries. Team Manager Rob Lyon has booked Chris Harris the Coventry captain and Simon Lambert as replacements but otherwise the Norfolk club are at full strength.

Leicester too are forced into changes as Simon Stead and Josh Bates are riding for Sheffield and with Krzysztof Buczkowski still out of action following his broken shoulder the Lions have Craig Cook, Sam Masters and Tom Perry guesting for the team.

“Thursday is a massive night for King’s Lynn who are determined to retain their position in the table and Poole are hard on their heels wanting to topple them. The results at Leicester could have a massive bearing on how the two clubs finish and they are aware of that I’m sure. We will be going all out to throw the cat amongst the pigeons and so provide our fans with a fitting end to our first year in the Elite League. Unfortunately we are also missing three riders but I am really pleased with the replacements. Sam Masters has never let us down when I have asked him to guest for us and neither has Craig Cook who has become an acknowledged Leicester track specialist. Tom Perry always gives full commitment and is a racer so it all adds up to a gripping match in the making” said the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Nicolai Klindt, 5. Craig Cook, 6. Tom Perry and 7. Max Clegg

King’s Lynn: 1. Kenneth Bjerre, 2. Robert Lambert, 3. Chris Harris, 4. Nicklas Porsing, 5. Rory Schlein, 6. Lewis Kerr and 7. Simon Lambert

Fixture Update

Monday, September 8th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The Elite League fixture against the Poole Pirates which was postponed in May will now take place at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Wednesday 17th September at 7.30 pm. This will be the final home meeting of the season.

Belle Vue v Leicester Preview

Monday, September 8th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Leicester travel to Manchester today seeking their first win on the road in the Elite League but it will be the Lions last chance as the meeting against the Belle Vue Aces signals the completion of their away fixtures this season.

Both teams are vying with one another to avoid the basement position in the league table with the Aces below Leicester, three points behind and as many matches in hand.

“We have picked up a bonus match point on three occasions so far this season at Coventry, King’s Lynn and Swindon but have never actually won a match outright and it would be nice to sign-off our first year in the top flight with a win” explained the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

The Rapid Solicitors Lions make two changes to the team that lost against Swindon on Saturday night with Sam Masters coming in to replace Danny King and Rohan Tungate replaces Mads Korneliussen.

Whilst the senior team are heading north, the Lion Cubs will be making their way to Sittingbourne to race their final National Trophy meeting against the Kent Kings. The Cubs are still in the running for a place in the final but need to beat Kent by a winning margin of twenty-two points to go through.

Teams

Belle Vue: 1. Matej Zagar, 2. Michael Palm Toft, 3. Scott Nicholls, 4. Richie Worrall, 5. Craig Cook, 6. Paul Starke and 7. Lee Payne

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Rohan Tungate, 4. Nicolai Klindt, 5. Simon Stead, 6. Josh Bates and 7. Max Clegg

Leicester v Swindon Preview

Thursday, September 4th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

It’s another mouth-watering fixture at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Saturday as Leicester race against the Swindon Robins. The visitors are chasing a place in the semi-finals of the Elite League play-offs and need to keep winning as there are three other clubs all with an equal chance. The Rapid Solicitors Lions have run into winning form and have not been beaten at home since June, coincidently against Swindon and Norrie’s boys will not want to lose for a second time against them.

Jason Doyle is due back into the side following a dislocated shoulder and Danny King a Team GB World Cup rider has been named to replace the injured Krzysztof Buczkowski. Swindon are led by Troy Batchelor, the captain of the visitors and a Grand Prix rider. Batchelor forms a potent spearhead with Peter Kildemand who was runner-up in the Danish Individual Championship Final last month and is second on the leader-board in the European Championship. With Nick Morris and Dakota North, two Leicester track specialists in their midst, Saturday’s fixture is adding up to be another intriguing contest in the making.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Danny King, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Nicolai Klindt, 5. Simon Stead, 6. Josh Bates and 7. Max Clegg

Swindon: 1. Peter Kildemand, 2. Nick Morris, 3. Simon Gustafsson, 4. Dakota North, 5. Troy Batchelor, 6. Guest for Steven Worrall tbc and 7. Nathan Greaves

Wolverhampton v Leicester Preview

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Leicester make a quick return to Wolverhampton on Monday, just two weeks after losing at Monmore Green by 56-37 in the first of two Elite League fixtures but go there without Jason Doyle who dislocated a shoulder in Denmark on Friday.

“This is a real blow for both Jason and Leicester because how he is riding it will be difficult to find someone who can ride our track as well as him and it leaves me to find someone to guest for us at Wolverhampton tomorrow.” said the Lions Team Manager, Norrie Allan.

Doyle, who has suffered shoulder damage at various times in his career, was in the act of throwing flowers to the crowd when it happened. Apart from missing the Lions fixtures he has an important date looming in three weeks’ time when he is due to compete in a qualifying meeting of the Grand prix where the top three scorers go through to the competition proper in 2015.

This time around the Wolves will also be without their number one and captain Tai Woffinden who suffered a hand injury whilst riding for his team at Eastbourne and it was still troubling him to the extent that he had to pull out of the Grand Prix meeting in Poland on Saturday. In his place Wolverhampton have booked Rory Schlein to guest for them and Leicester who are also still without Krzysztof Buczkowski have named Sam Masters as his replacement.

With the new averages for September coming into immediate effect, Simon Stead moves from partnering Jason Doyle to occupy the role of heat leader in place of Buczkowski who when he returns will line up as one of the two second strings in the main body of the team. The new figures have also meant that Jacob Thorssell and Peter Karlsson switch places in Wolverhampton’s team for the visit of Leicester.

“We were unlucky to lose Mads Korneliussen in his first race after he fell and injured his right leg at Wolverhampton and that left us a little unbalanced and we never really got going after that. I had initially paired Jason Doyle with Sam Masters as they know how each other ride after their time together at Somerset but of course that plan has now been disrupted. The only positional change with the new averages coming out is that Simon Stead takes over the number five position in the team and deservedly so as he has worked hard to get back to where he was before breaking a leg last year” added Allan.

Teams

Wolverhampton: 1. Rory Schlein, 2. Lasse Bjerre, 3. Jacob Thorssell, 4. Peter Karlsson, 5. Piotr Pawlicki, 6. Joe Jacobs and 7. Tom Perry

Leicester: 1. Guest, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Nicolai Klindt, 5. Simon Stead, 6. Josh Bates and 7. Max Clegg

Revised teams for today’s fixtures

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Jason Doyle is ruled out of today’s fixtures against Coventry and tomorrow at Wolverhampton due to a dislocated shoulder. Jason’s place will be taken by Joonas Kylmakorpi for both matches against the Bees and Leicester will also be tracking a guest (tbc) at number one at Wolverhampton.

Ben Barker will be making his debut today for Coventry in place of Michael Jepsen Jensen who has been released by the club.

Teams for Coventry

Leicester: 1. Joonas Kylmakorpi, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Sam Masters, 5. Craig Cook, 6. Josh Bates and 7. Max Clegg

Coventry: 1. Hans Andersen, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Ben Barker, 4. Kenneth Hansen, 5. Chris Harris, 6. Kyle Newman and 7. James Sarjeant

Teams for Leicester

Leicester: 1. Joonas Kylmakorpi, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Nicolai Klindt, 5. Craig Cook, 6. Max Clegg and 7. Josh Bates

Coventry: 1. Hans Andersen, 2. Kyle Howarth, 3. Ben Barker, 4. Kenneth Hansen, 5. Chris Harris, 6. Kyle Newman and 7. James Sarjeant

National Trophy Teams

Mildenhall: 1. Daniel Halsey, 2. Rider Replacement, 3. Connor Coles, 4. Brendan Johnson, 5. Danny Ayres, 6. Jack Kingston and 7. Connor Mountain

Leicester: 1. Ben Morley, 2. Dan Greenwood, 3. Niall Strudwick , 4. Rider Replacement, 5. Nathan Greaves, 6. Michael Neale and 7. Shaun Tedham

Super Sunday Preview

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The much awaited Midlands derby fixtures against the Coventry Bees which were washed out at the Bank Holiday take place on Sunday with the first meeting at Brandon in the afternoon with a 2.30 pm start and then both teams meet again in the evening at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium when the first race gets underway at 7.30 pm.

Coventry are forced into two changes as Kyle Howarth and Jason Garrity are riding for their Premier League clubs and so the Bees have named club asset Aaron Summers at number two and Kyle Newman to partner James Sarjeant at reserve for the first match at Brandon.

Leicester also make changes to their team as the Rapid Solicitors Lions are still without their Polish heat leader Krzysztof Buczkowski who broke his shoulder blade in a fall at Poole and in his place the Belle Vue rider Craig Cook steps in as a guest replacement for both fixtures and with Nicolai Klindt making a return after injury at Scunthorpe in the afternoon, the Lions will track a guest in his place. Nicolai and Kyle are expected to then make the journey from Scunthorpe to Leicester in time for the evening match.

Meanwhile, whilst the senior team is racing at Coventry, the Lion Cubs also have an important fixture at Mildenhall. Both teams are vying for a place in the National Trophy final and the result in Suffolk will be key to their chances. The fixture has been hit by the absence of five of Leicester’s team who are riding elsewhere and to a lesser extent Mildenhall who are missing two riders.

Teams for Coventry

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Guest tbc, 5. Craig Cook, 6. Josh Bates and 7. Max Clegg

Coventry: 1. Hans Andersen, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Michael Jepsen Jensen, 4. Kenneth Hansen, 5. Chris Harris, 6. Kyle Newman and 7. James Sarjeant

Teams for Leicester

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Nicolai Klindt, 5. Craig Cook, 6. Max Clegg and 7. Josh Bates

Coventry: 1. Hans Andersen, 2. Kyle Howarth, 3. Michael Jepsen Jensen, 4. Kenneth Hansen, 5. Chris Harris, 6. Kyle Newman and 7. James Sarjeant

National Trophy Teams

Mildenhall: 1. Daniel Halsey, 2. Rider Replacement, 3. Connor Coles, 4. Brendan Johnson, 5. Guest tbc, 6. Jack Kingston and 7. Connor Mountain

Leicester: 1. Ben Morley, 2. Dan Greenwood, 3. Tom Perry, 4. Rider replacement or guest, 5. Nathan Greaves, 6. Michael Neale and 7. David Holt

Leicester v Coventry Preview

Sunday, August 24th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Tomorrow the Rapid Solicitors Lions have a double date with near neighbours the Coventry Bees when first of all they travel to the Brandon Stadium for an afternoon start-time of 2.00 pm and then the two clubs meet in the return fixture at Leicester in the evening which will begin at 7.30 pm.

Last season Coventry ended up rock bottom of the Elite League, their worst finish since the same happened in 2004. Promoter Mick Horton vowed that this year would be different and he elected to rebuild the team and so far his promise has come true as the Bees are back amongst the title challengers and building momentum towards a place in the final and a fourth championship pennant since the Elite League was launched eighteen years ago.

“We gained our first away point of the season at Coventry back in April and I genuinely think that there is every reason to believe that we can at least equal that performance this time around.  Coventry’s vulnerability at Brandon has been breached twice already this season so it is also possible that we can catch them on an off-day as well. Their record on the road is impressive, a fact that has not escaped us and we have to guard against a repeat of their win at Leicester earlier in the season. A win is a must for Coventry to consolidate their position in the title race but we will be very keen to gain our first league win against them. We are without Krzysztof Buczkowski and Nicolai Klindt but with the two guest riders we have to replace them I hope that we can put on a good show for our fans at Brandon” stated the Lions Team Manager, Norrie Allan.

Sam Masters, a former teammate of Jason Doyle when they rode together at Somerset, takes the place of Nicolai Klindt at Coventry and Craig Cook who scored heavily for Poole in Saturday’s draw against the Lions replaces Buczkowski. For the return match at Leicester, the King’s Lynn captain Rory Schlein, replaces Cook at number five. Meanwhile Klindt, who broke his scaphoid during the week, is planning to ride for his Polish club tonight and if he comes through that without ill effects he is hoping to take his place in the return fixture at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium.

“All being well Nicolai will be back with us tomorrow but there is a slight concern as he is due to ride for Scunthorpe, his Premier League club, at home which starts at 3.00 pm. He then has to dash from the match which should finish around 5.00 pm to Leicester in time for the return fixture against Coventry. That is a tight schedule because if there is any lengthy delay in the meeting at Scunthorpe then he is not going to make it so Sam Masters has agreed to be on standby after he has ridden for us at Coventry in the afternoon” explained Allan.

Teams for Coventry (2.00 pm start time)

Coventry: 1. Hans Andersen, 2. Kyle Howarth, 3. Michael Jepsen Jensen, 4. Kenneth Hansen, 5. Chris Harris, 6. Jason Garrity and 7. James Sarjeant

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Sam Masters, 5. Craig Cook 6. Josh Bates and 7. Max Clegg

Teams for Leicester (7.30 pm start time)

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Nicolai Klindt or Sam Masters, 5. Rory Schlein, 6. Josh Bates and 7. Max Clegg

Coventry: 1. Hans Andersen, 2. Kyle Howarth, 3. Michael Jepsen Jensen, 4. Kenneth Hansen, 5. Chris Harris, 6. Jason Garrity and 7. James Sarjeant

Leicester v Poole Preview

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 | Fixtures, News

IMG_4592On the eve of three important fixtures during the Bank Holiday period Leicester have been rocked by the news that they will be without Krzysztof Buczkowski who broke a shoulder blade in a crash against Poole on Wednesday and Nicolai Klindt who injured his scaphoid whilst riding in Denmark. “Our situation is serious, which leaves me with the task of finding suitable guests at this late stage for all three matches and I am waiting on updates from Mads Korneliussen and Josh Bates as to whether they have recovered from their injuries” said the Lions Team Manager, Norrie Allan.

The Rapid Solicitors Lions embark upon three matches in as many days with first of all the visit of the Poole Pirates to the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Saturday followed by home and away fixtures against Coventry on Monday.

The Pirates are the current Elite League Champions and one of the glamour clubs of British Speedway having built a persona within the sport on the back of a remarkable record that is unequalled in the modern era. The current team are heading in the direction of another stellar year for the Pirates who have already added the Elite Shield to the club’s portfolio and are odds on securing a place in the play-off stage of the competition later next month.

The visitors are led by one of Australia’s top riders of his generation, Darcy Ward who has taken on the captaincy of the team this season and he is joined at the sharp end by Maciej Janowski and Przemyslaw Pawlicki, two Polish riders who are both in their second year with the Dorset club. Poole are without their Czech Republic rising star Vaclav Milik who is representing his country in the Under-21 World Cup Final and his place is taken by the former Leicester track record holder Craig Cook. In the main body of the team is the ever improving Josh Grajczonek with Kyle Newman a tall scoring reserve who is partnered by Matt Williamson.

“Our recent run of good form at home will be severely tested on Saturday. Their top three riders are the youngest trio in the Elite League and are guaranteed to score heavily for Poole. Admittedly they are without Vaclav Milik but as he has never ridden the Leicester track I believe that the team are stronger with the inclusion of Craig Cook as his replacement. He knows our track having ridden it so many times before. Whilst we will give Poole every respect they deserve we will not be standing on ceremony and although we are not in the race for the play-offs there is pride at stake here and an opportunity to build upon our home record” added Allan.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Guest for Nicolai Klindt, 5. Guest for Krzysztof Buczkowski, 6. Max Clegg and 7. Josh Bates

Poole: 1. Darcy Ward, 2. Josh Grajczonek, 3. Przemyslaw Pawlicki, 4.Craig Cook, 5. Maciej Janowski, 6. Kyle Newman and 7. Matt Williamson

Poole v Leicester Preview

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

On Wednesday the Rapid Solicitors Lions travel to Poole in search of Elite League points and looking to improve upon their last showing at the Wimborne Road Stadium in June when the Lions suffered their heaviest defeat of the season by 59 points to 34. It was the first time in two months that the team was not reliant upon guest riders but with three key riders off form the Pirates were not seriously challenged.

“We did not get close to them on our last visit and it will take a big improvement to ensure it does not happen for a second time. We go there without Mads Korneliussen and Nicolai Klindt as they are both riding in Denmark which is a blow for us and also Simon Stead who is suffering from tonsilitus.

“To go to Poole without three key riders is not ideal. However, I am pleased to say that Lewis Bridger has agreed to ride for us and so too has Gino Manzares and Mark Lemon so I am looking forward to working with all three at Poole and I hope that we can give them a run for their money this time around” said the Lions Team Manager, Norrie Allan.

Ben Hopwood who stood in for the injured Josh Bates at Wolverhampton on Monday receives another chance to show his paces at Poole.

Teams

Poole: 1. Darcy Ward, 2. Josh Grajczonek, 3. Przemyslaw Pawlicki, 4. Vaclav Milik, 5. Maciej Janowski, 6. Kyle Newman and 7. Benji Compton

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Lewis Bridger, 3. Gino Manzares, 4. Mark Lemon, 5. Krzysztof Buczkowski, 6. Ben Hopwood and 7. Max Clegg

Wolverhampton v Leicester Preview

Sunday, August 17th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Leicester returns to Wolverhampton on Monday in a re-arranged Elite League ‘A’ fixture. The original meeting between the teams at the beginning of June was abandoned after one completed race. Drizzle started while the riders were on parade and rain steadily increased and turned into a deluge which forced the second heat to be stopped after Max Clegg fell. A track inspection followed which resulted in the meeting being called-off by the referee.

Wolverhampton, who made the play-offs last season, have fallen short of making a bid for a second successive top four finish due to a home record that has seen the team beaten four times in front of their fans and with a further loss of points following drawn matches against Belle Vue and Poole the Wolves are presently languishing one place above the Rapid Solicitors Lions in the Elite League table.

Piotr Pawlicki returns after illness to the side after missing the Wolves defeat at Leicester last week and the Lions, who are still without Josh Bates following his crash whilst riding for his Premier League club the Sheffield Tigers, have drafted in the Stoke rider Ben Hopwood.

“I am surprised at how the season has turned out for them as most people thought they had assembled a team to at least challenge for the honours this year. For some reason the Wolves have not clicked at home and we have to go there thinking that if our preparation is right I can see us doing well. Wolverhampton is one of Nicolai Klindt’s and Simon Stead’s former clubs and it is Max Clegg’s home track as Cradley ride there so hopefully all three will relish riding at Monmore Green on Monday. Also Jason Doyle scored 12 points for Birmingham there last year, so I think we should be optimistic of a result” outlined the Lions Team Manager, Norrie Allan.

Teams

Wolverhampton: 1. Tai Woffinden, 2. Jacob Thorssell, 3. Peter Karlsson, 4. Lasse Bjerre, 5. Piotr Pawlicki, 6. Joe Jacobs and 7. Tom Perry

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Nicolai Klindt, 5. Krzysztof Buczkowski, 6. Max Clegg and 7. Ben Hopwood

Leicester v Lakeside Preview

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Leicester are looking to make it four wins out of four at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Saturday with the visit of the Lakeside Hammers. The last time these two clubs met at Leicester was back in April and on that night the Lions came out on top by 48 points to 41. The Rapid Solicitors Lions have shown a marked improvement in results following the arrival of Nicolai Klindt and Krzysztof Buczkowski with home wins over Belle Vue, Eastbourne and Wolverhampton together with a point taken in their last two away fixtures at King’s Lynn and Swindon.

“We are expecting another tight finish against Lakeside who are challenging for a place in the play-offs and they need the points to maintain their position in the top four and that goes for us too as we want to build upon our recent good run of form” stated the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Lakeside has secured a play-off place four times in the last six years but have only once advanced beyond the semi-final stage in 2008, only to lose in the final against the Poole Pirates. The Hammers are forced into two changes for their visit to Leicester as Mikkel Bech, their teenage Danish rider, suffered a wrist injury whilst out mountain biking at the weekend and Adam Ellis is required by his Premier League club the Ipswich Witches who have a fixture at Rye House. In their place the Essex club have named Rory Schlein as replacement for Bech and Joe Jacobs, who scored 10 plus three bonus points for Wolverhampton at Leicester last week, comes in at number six.

“We are also still without Josh Bates who crashed whilst riding for Sheffield last week which left him with concussion and so I have asked Tom Perry to guest for us on Saturday but welcome back Simon Stead who has missed our last three matches due to his commitments in the Premier League” added Allan.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Nicolai Klindt, 5. Krzysztof Buczkowski, 6. Max Clegg and 7. Tom Perry

Lakeside: 1, Davey Watt, 2. Richard Lawson, 3. Lewis Bridger, 4. Kim Nilsson, 5. Rory Schlein, 6. Joe Jacobs and 7. Ben Morley

World Champion at Leicester

Thursday, August 7th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Tai Woffinden 50Elite League Speedway returns to the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Saturday after a gap of three weeks when the Rapid Solicitors Lions take on the Wolverhampton Wolves who are led by the World Champion Tai Woffinden who currently sits top of the 2014 Grand Prix leader-board.

The Wolves hold the distinction of being the first team to win an Elite League fixture at Leicester when they secured the points in an exciting finish that went right down to the final lap of Heat 15. Since that night the West Midlands club have struggled to maintain a top half position due to an inconsistent home record that has seen them lose to King’s Lynn, Coventry, Lakeside and Poole which prompted Wolverhampton to replace Ty Proctor and Ricky Wells with Peter Karlsson and Lasse Bjerre.

Karlsson is a legendary figure at Wolverhampton having served the club on and off over the past twenty-five years and Bjerre had a big following during his two seasons in the Premier League with Leicester and made a brief return to the club in June,  making four appearances for the club before losing his place in a re-shuffle.

“People have differing opinions as to whether it is a good or bad thing to bring back a former idol and they come no bigger than Peter Karlsson who has shared in so many wonderful nights down the years. Time will tell but I believe that his return to the club he loves will ignite Peter to finish the year on a high. The same can be said of Lasse Bjerre who formed the second part of the double change at Monmore Green. Lasse, we all know was possibly the most exciting rider on Leicester’s books and in full flight around here there was no better spectacle. I am sure that on Saturday he will want to prove me wrong as to why we let him go after just four matches. I hope that it all works out for Peter and Lasse and they prove to be astute signings but not until after we have ridden against them” remarked the Lions team Manager Norrie Allan.

The Rapid Solicitors Lions welcomes back two of their World Cup riders, Mads Korneliussen, who was part of the Danish team that won the final and Jason Doyle whose efforts helped to pull Australia back into the picture in Poland. “I am sure they will both receive a big reception from Lions fans on Saturday” added Allan.

Simon Stead, who was also a World Cup finalist with Team GB misses the fixture as he and Josh Bates are representing Sheffield at Berwick. Leicester are covering for their absence with two guest riders, Craig Cook from Belle Vue and Swindon’s Nathan Greaves. “We knew when we agreed a deal with them that they would miss this meeting but sometimes that is a price you have to pay when signing riders who are doubling-up elsewhere. Hopefully the two guests will do just as good a job as Simon and Josh” stated Allan.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Craig Cook, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Nicolai Klindt, 5. Krzysztof Buczkowski, 6. Max Clegg and 7. Nathan Greaves

Wolverhampton: 1. Tai Woffinden, 2. Jacob Thorssell, 3. Peter Karlsson, 4. Lasse Bjerre, 5. Piotr Pawlicki, 6. Joe Jacobs and 7. Tom Perry

New date for Lion Cubs at Kent

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The Leicester Lion Cubs away fixture against the Kent Kings in the  National Trophy that was abandoned on Monday 28th July will now take place on Monday 8th September with a start time of 6.30 pm.

Leicester v Lakeside new date

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The Leicester v Lakeside Elite League ‘B’ fixture that was rained-off on 19th July will now take place on Saturday 16th August with a start time of 7.30 pm.

Lion Cubs Preview

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Heat 1 Greaves-N- Greenwood - D- Wilson B - HALL0085 (2)The Leicester Lion Cubs face an important two days with back-to-back fixtures against the Mildenhall Fen Tigers at home on Sunday and away to the Kent Kings twenty-four hours later. The Cubs are presently third in the National Trophy League table and well placed to qualify for the final but first of all they need to secure three points against Mildenhall who are their closest rivals.

The Suffolk club are having a good season and have three top class heat leaders in Joe Jacobs, Daniel Halsey and Josh Bates. Both Jacobs and Halsey have ridden well on their previous visits to the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium for their respective Elite League clubs and are expected to pose a threat to the Cubs. Bates misses the match as he is required to race at Workington for his Premier League club Sheffield if fit following an injury to his hand and the Tigers will utilise the rider replacement rule to cover for his absence.

Leicester are also forced into a change following the news that Oliver Greenwood has secured a team place at Rye House in the Premier League and he will be riding for his new club at Newcastle. Greenwood, who is second in the Cubs averages, is replaced by Steven Worrall who rides for Cradley.

“It is vital that we win both meetings, and our target is to collect all seven match points which will then place ourselves in a good position to make the final. Like us, the Mildenhall team contains riders with Elite League experience, but I am confident that we will rise to the occasion. Oliver Greenwood is a big loss to the team but I am pleased that Steven Worrall has agreed to guest for us. He is having a fabulous season racing in all three leagues and I know that Steve will fit in well as he rides in the same Cradley team as Tom Perry and Max Clegg” commented the Lion Cubs Team Manager David Howard.

The Tigers strengthened their league position by completing the double over the Kent Kings in the National Trophy and on Monday the Lion Cubs also need to come away from Sittingbourne with a win. The Kings are led by the one-time Leicester rider Simon Lambert and Ben Morley who also doubles up in the Elite League with the Lakeside Hammers. “Whilst Kent have yet to gain a match point in this competition, their league form is much better and we will not be taking them for granted. Whilst we welcome Oliver Greenwood back in to the side we lose James Sarjeant who has picked up a guest booking in the Premier League for Sheffield on Monday. Leicester’s senior team receive huge support away from home and it would be great to see our fans on the Central Park Stadium terraces on Monday for what will be a new venue to most people and another vital fixture” added Howard.

The racing on Sunday at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium gets underway at 4.00 pm and prices have been set at: adults £10, children 10 to under 16 £2.50 and under 10’s free.

Teams

Sunday 27th July

Leicester: 1. Steven Worrall, 2. Dan Greenwood, 3. Max Clegg, 4. Tom Perry, 5. James Sarjeant, 6. Sam Chapman and 7. Tom Woolley

Mildenhall: 1. Daniel Halsey, 2. Rider Replacement, 3. Connor Coles, 4. Brendan Johnson, 5. Joe Jacobs, 6. Jack Kingston and 7. Connor Mountain

Monday 28th July

Kent: 1. Ben Morley, 2. Aaron Baseby, 3. David Mason, 4. Benji Compton, 5. Simon Lambert, 6. Jason Garrad and 7. Danny Ayres

Leicester: 1. Oliver Greenwood, 2. Dan Greenwood, 3. Tom Perry, 4. Max Clegg,  5. Rider Replacement, 6. Sam Chapman and 7. Tom Woolley

Leicester v Lakeside Preview

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Leicester’s new found home form will be severely tested on Saturday when the Lakeside Hammers visit the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium. The visitors are currently third in the Elite League table and have maintained a settled septet since the start of the season. Their only change to their team occurred last week when Peter Karlsson was released to make way for Kim Nilsson to return to the club after a short spell riding for Eastbourne last season.

The team have shown consistent form which has helped Lakeside remain one of the forerunners for a place in the play-offs and possibly their best finish since 2008. Their strength has been at home where the Hammers have lost just once when the Elite League leaders King’s Lynn lowered their colours but they gained a measure of revenge when they temporarily halted the Stars run of a record fourteen consecutive wins in the ‘B’ fixture at the Arena Essex Raceway. Away from home Lakeside have won at Birmingham and drawn at Belle Vue but need additional points on their travels to make sure they remain play-off contenders.

On their last visit to Leicester the Hammers felt aggrieved that a decision to withdraw their reserve Adam Ellis from the meeting may have caused them to lose a match point. The flashpoint arose when Ellis crashed and in the opinion of the medical practitioner the Lakeside teenage reserve was not fit to continue much to the annoyance of the rider and his team manager. Leicester went on to win the match by 48 points to 41.

Leicester  have a doubt over the fitness of Josh Bates who injured his hand during the win against Eastbourne on Monday and have the Coventry rider James Sarjeant on standby.  The visitors are without Mikkel Bech whose sparkling performance at Leicester in May earned the talented Danish teenager the highest step on the rostrum in the World Under-21 Championship qualifier and his place will be filled by the King’s Lynn captain Rory Schlein.

“There are no easy matches in the Elite League and this one will be a stern test for us. Our home form has shown a marked improvement and it is in meetings like this that you gauge just how far we have come as a team. Lakeside know that they need at least another away win to boost their points tally and our goal is at the very least to remain unbeaten in the ‘B’ fixtures at home. We have started well by beating Belle Vue and Eastbourne on their return visits to Leicester and it will be a great boost to our confidence if we can add Lakeside to the list” said the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Nicolai Klindt, 5. Krzysztof Buczkowski, 6. Max Clegg and 7. Josh Bates

Lakeside: 1. Davey Watt, 2. Richard Lawson, 3. Lewis Bridger, 4. Kim Nilsson, 5. Rory Schlein, 6. Ben Morley and 7. Adam Ellis

Lions in back to back fixtures

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Leicester face two back-to-back fixtures in mid-week with first of all a trip to King’s Lynn on Wednesday. The Stars are in an almost uncatchable position in the Elite League table with a twenty point lead over the second placed club, the Lakeside Hammers, who are the visitors to the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Saturday. Only two clubs, the defending champions Poole and Swindon, have managed to come away from the Norfolk Arena with their reputations intact so far this season. Leicester’s last visit to King’s Lynn in April ended with a 53-43 points defeat but the Rapid Solicitors Lions have a much changed line-up since that match with the arrival of Krzysztof Buczkowski, Nicolai Klindt and Josh Bates.

“We did not get off to the best of starts at their place and were 22-8 down after five races. After that we scored more points than they did but those first five races where to prove costly and our downfall. I felt that had Jason Doyle not been off a 15 metre handicap in Heat 11 following a tapes infringement we could have ended the meeting much closer than we did. Whilst King’s Lynn are currently the best team in the league we go there with three riders who know the track well. Mads Korneliussen and Simon Stead are former King’s Lynn riders and so too is Klindt who had a short spell at the club last year and maybe, just maybe, we can give the Stars a closer match this time” commented the Lions Team Manager, Norrie Allan.

Leicester make one change to the team after last night’s win against Eastbourne as Josh Bates took a knock to his hand during the meeting and is replaced by the former Lions rider Simon Lambert.

Teams

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

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4.Nicolai Klindt, 5. Krzysztof Buczkowski, 6. Max Clegg and 7. Simon Lambert

Twenty-four hours later the Lions travel to Wiltshire to race against the Swindon Robins without Simon Stead and Josh Bates who are needed by Sheffield, their Premier League club, who have a home fixture against Newcastle. Leicester have named Sam Masters as Stead’s replacement and he will partner Jason Doyle at number one. “Jason Doyle and Sam both rode together for Somerset a while back so they are fully in tune with how and where each other like to ride the track so it was sensible that they are our opening pairing at Swindon. We will also include James Sarjeant as a guest to cover for Josh” explained Allan.

Leicester’s last visit to Swindon ended with an eight points defeat and it came at a time when the club was going through a period of injuries. The Lions team that took to the track that night included three guest riders. “We came close to a result against Swindon and were only two points adrift after ten races and even going into the last heat we were in with a chance of a consolation bonus match point. It is a shame that we go there without Simon and Josh who are riding very well but even so I am expecting us to give a better account of ourselves this time around” added Allan.

Teams

Swindon: 1. Peter Kildemand, 2. Dakota North, 3. Nick Morris, 4. Simon Gustafsson, 5. Troy Batchelor, 6. Nathan Greaves and 7. Steven Worrall

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Nicolai Klindt, 5. Krzysztof Buczkowski, 6. Max Clegg and 7. James Sarjeant

Leicester v Eastbourne Preview

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Speedway comes under the spotlight on Monday when the first ever televised live meeting takes place at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium. The Leicester Lions are in action against the Eastbourne Eagles in what is an historic occasion for the club who stepped up into the Elite League this year. “We have been looking forward to this fixture since the decision was made to film the meeting. The Sky Sports production team do such a good job in presenting speedway to a worldwide audience and of course the television exposure will help to promote Leicester as a destination” commented the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.

Eastbourne, who last won the league championship fourteen years ago, are heading for their best finish since 2011 as the team have worked their way into the play-off zone on the back of a robust home record. When the two teams last met at Leicester in April it was the Rapid Solicitors Lions who came out on top with a 49 points to 41 win. Whilst the visitors have remained faithful to the same seven riders that began the season the Lions have made three changes to their side. “A team makeover takes time to come to fruition which of course was partly forced upon us by the decision of Peter Ljung and Patrick Hougaard to leave British Speedway. I believe that we have now reached a position of where we want to be in terms of the side and as long as we stay clear of injuries then we can look forward to an improvement in results in the second half of the season. Last week’s match against Belle Vue was high in entertainment and I am expecting Monday’s match to be just as absorbing. Eastbourne are a top side with a number of quality riders in their midst and I feel that we are as equally competitive now” added Hemsley.

Admission prices for Monday’s Elite League clash between Leicester and Eastbourne in front of the television cameras have been reduced to £10 for adults, £5 for children aged between ten and fifteen and £20 for a family ticket comprising of two adults and up to two children as a way of thanking fans for their continued support of the club and an incentive for people who have never watched a speedway meeting before to come along to see what the sport is all about.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Nicolai Klindt, 5. Krzysztof Buczkowski, 6. Josh Bates and 7. Max Clegg

Eastbourne: 1. Bjarne Pedersen, 2. Timo Lahti, 3. Joonas Kylmakorpi, 4. Cameron Woodward, 5. Mikkel Michelsen, 6. Lewis Blackbird and 7. Daniel Halsey

Leicester v Belle Vue Preview

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Leicester welcomes back Mads Korneliussen, Jason Doyle and Nicolai Klindt for their Elite League fixture against the Belle Vue Aces at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Saturday. All three missed the team’s last match at home to Swindon which coincided with a qualifying round of the Grand Prix competition in Poland.

It will be the first occasion since Leicester faced the Lakeside Hammers on 12th April that the club has not had to rely on guest riders for a home fixture and Nicolai Klindt makes his home debut after signing for the Rapid Solicitors Lions last month. Whilst Promoter David Hemsley was looking forward to a settled period following a spate of injuries it has been an uncertain few days for the club following news that the Lions match at Birmingham on Wednesday had been cancelled.

As the West Midlands club were due to race in the return fixture at Leicester on Saturday it moved Hemsley to have a contingency plan in place should the Brummies’ be unable to fulfil their commitment as David explains: “Following the cancellation of our fixture at Perry Barr last Wednesday that did cast a large doubt over the return match at our stadium. So we had to have some sort of contingency plan should the worse come to the worse whilst we awaited official news from the British Speedway Promoters’ Association as to the situation. So knowing that Belle Vue wanted to re-arrange the fixture scheduled for 14th August at Leicester we began a dialogue with them and the outcome was an agreement for the Aces to replace Birmingham. We have to thank Belle Vue for being prepared to step in at such a late stage and also their riders who no doubt had to re-arrange their diaries to be here.”

Whilst Leicester are back to full strength the date switch has left Belle Vue without Matej Zagar who is committed to riding for Slovenia in a qualifying round of the World Team Cup. In his place the Aces Team Manager has recruited Coventry’s Chris Harris as a replacement. The Grand Prix rider has already ridden twice at Leicester and both times he finished on the winning side. “It is an astute move by Belle Vue who no doubt have studied riders form at Leicester before choosing Zagar’s replacement and Harris fits the bill perfectly” commented Hemsley.

At reserve the visitors have been forced into two further changes as Stefan Nielsen is unfit following a crash three weeks ago and Lee Payne is required by his National League club, Stoke Potters. In their place Belle Vue have gone for a similar policy of horses for courses and include two of the Lion Cubs team members, Dan Greenwood and Tom Perry, who lost his place in the senior side last month, but has continued to captain the juniors.

When the two clubs last met at Leicester in early May the Lions came out on top by 50 points to 43 and so far it has been a imbalanced season for Belle Vue who have only ridden six matches at home but have completed twelve on their travels. As a result the club currently sit eighth in the Elite League table and whilst their home form is impressive having won five matches by the maximum three points with Lakeside the only team so far to leave the Greyhound Stadium with a point the Aces have yet to win away from home.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Nicolai Klindt, 5. Krzysztof Buczkowski, 6. Josh Bates and 7. Max Clegg

Belle Vue: 1. Chris Harris, 2. Richie Worrall, 3. Scott Nicholls, 4. Michael Palm Toft, 5. Craig Cook, 6. Dan Greenwood and 7. Tom Perry

Fixture Change

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Please note a fixture change at Leicester on Saturday. The Rapid Solicitors Lions were due to host the visit of Birmingham and now Leicester will race against the Belle Vue Aces instead with the meeting starting at the usual time of 7.30 pm. The Aces were originally scheduled to visit the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on 14th August and the Leicester promotion would like to thank the Aces management for agreeing to bring forward this Elite League fixture.

Diary Date Change

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The date of the National Trophy fixture between the Lion Cubs and Mildenhall at Leicester will now take place on Sunday 27th July with a start time of 4.00 pm. The meeting has been re-arranged due to the televised Leicester v Eastbourne Elite League match.

Stoke Potters v Lion Cubs Preview

Friday, June 20th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The Leicester Lion Cubs make the short journey along the A50 to Stoke on Sunday in what is a top of the table clash against the Potters. The Staffordshire club have accumulated eleven points from five matches and a win against Leicester will guarantee them a place in the final. The Lion Cubs are in second place after home wins against Kent and Stoke and have three matches in hand over their nearest rivals.

“Sunday’s fixture promises to be our toughest test so far. Stoke are on a real high and deserve to be top of the National Trophy table and have won three out of four matches in the league so far. With this momentum together with their home track advantage we will need to be on our very top form to stand a chance of taking anything from the match” explained the Lion Cubs team manager David Howard.

Stoke are surprising the pundits this year and have an experienced trio of heat leaders in Ben Wilson, Jon Armstrong and Ben Hopwood. Apart from a good run in the National Trophy and a promising start in the league this year the Potters tasted early success at the weekend when Wilson and Armstrong won the first major competition of the season after they beat the host club Mildenhall, Kent and Buxton in the National Pairs Final at the Suffolk track.

“This match has all the makings of a great encounter between the experience of the Stoke team and the exuberance of our top end so I am sure it will be an interesting contest between two very good sides. I am really pleased to be able to name our strongest top five, with Oliver Greenwood, Tom Perry and James Sarjeant all due to return following injury and any travelling Lion Cubs supporters could be in for some great entertainment as well as spurring on the team” enthused Howard.

Teams

Stoke: 1. Ben Wilson, 2. Chris Widman, 3. Ben Hopwood, 4. Lee Payne, 5. Jon Armstrong, 6. Rob Shuttleworth and 7. Adam Kirby

Leicester: 1. Oliver Greenwood, 2.Dan Greenwood, 3. Max Clegg, 4. Tom Perry, 5. James Sarjeant, 6. Sam Chapman and 7. Tom Woolley

Leicester v Swindon Preview

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The Swindon Robins are Saturday’s visitors to the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium but it will be a much changed line-up for both teams who are without certain key riders. The Robins have two of their seven riders unavailable because captain Troy Batchelor and Peter Kildemand are appearing at the Gorcian Stadium in Croatia where they are competing in a semi-final of the Grand Prix Challenge. The Wiltshire club have called upon the Lakeside rider Davey Watt to guest for them in place of Batchelor and have elected to cover for Kildemand’s absence by sharing his rides out amongst his team-mates.

Whilst Swindon are missing two riders, the Rapid Solicitors Lions are without three from the main body of the team as on the same day Mads Korneliussen, Jason Doyle and new signing Nikolai Klindt will be competing in the second semi-final of the Grand Prix Challenge qualifying competition at Czestochowa in Poland. The Polish track has happy memories for Klindt who was crowned the Under-19 European Champion there in 2007.

The seven highest scorers from each semi-final will progress to a final at Lonigo in Northern Italy and from there the prize for the top three riders is a place in next season’s Grand Prix competition. “It is unfortunate that both teams will be without star riders as we are both paying for their success in the competition. I am pleased with our trio of guests who have all shown good form at Leicester and I just hope that we have chosen wisely as we are in urgent need of a win” stated the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Leicester have named Eastbourne rider Bjarne Pedersen as the replacement for Doyle and Rory Schlein, who was joint top scorer for the Lions at Lakeside on Friday, will deputise for Korneliussen. At number four, Ashley Birks, will take the place of Klindt and he faces Swindon the team he rode for last season before picking up an injury.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Bjarne Pedersen, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Rory Schlein, 4. Ashley Birks, 5. Krzysztof Buczkowski, 6. Josh Bates and 7. Max Clegg

Swindon: 1. Rider Replacement, 2. Dakota North, 3. Nick Morris, 4. Simon Gustafsson, 5. Davey Watt, 6. Nathan Greaves and 7. Steven Worrall

Poole v Leicester Preview

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Leicester travel to Poole on Wednesday looking to make up for their poor performance at Lakeside on Friday where the Rapid Solicitors Lions suffered their heaviest defeat of the season. It will be the first occasion since 14th April that the club has not had to rely upon guest riders to complete their team following the double signing of Krzysztof Buczkowski and Nicolai Klindt last week.

“Since April we have had to fall back on the use of sixteen guest riders to cover for injuries and whilst there will be occasions when we will have to dip back into the guest rider system due to fixture clashes I am hoping that we can now look forward to a more settled period” explained the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

It will be a challenging baptism for the newcomers as Poole are the 2013 Elite League Champions and are currently in sixth place with matches in hand over the teams above them. The Pirates quest for a place in the top four received a setback last month as both Coventry and King’s Lynn came away from the Wimborne Road Stadium with the match points.

“We go there in the knowledge that two teams have already won at Poole this season so it is not beyond reasonableness to think that we can get something out of this match. Having a settled side makes all the difference to team spirit and having the same race partner cultivates understanding and confidence between each other whereas this has not been possible due to the necessity of employing guest riders for such a long period” added Allan.

Poole are led by the talented Australian Darcey Ward who is sixth in the Grand Prix standings after five rounds of the competition and he will be partnered by Edward Kennett who stands-in as a guest for the injured Josh Grajczonek.

Teams

Poole: 1. Darcy Ward, 2. Edward Kennett, 3. Przemyslaw Pawlicki, 4. Vaclav Milik, 5. Maciej Janowski, 6. Ben Hopwood and 7 Kyle Newman

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Nicolai Klindt, 5. Krzysztof Buczkowski, 6. Josh Bates and 7. Max Clegg

Lakeside v Leicester Preview

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

On Friday the Rapid Solicitors Lions make their second visit to Lakeside this season and hoping to make a better start than in their previous meeting. Leicester were met with an opening salvo that ended with the team on the wrong end of a 14-4 score-line after three races.

“It was a dreadful start and in the end those ten points were the difference between the two teams because we actually matched the Hammers point for point in the remaining twelve heats so on Friday we have to ensure that we get off to a better start” stated the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Lakeside are presently occupying second place in the Elite League table and have only lost once at home this season when the Hammers were beaten in the top of the table clash against King’s Lynn last month. The Lions still have a facility in place to cover for the space created in the team following Patrick Hougaard’s decision to sever his contract with the club and will be tracking a guest at number five.

“We have booked Rory Schlein to ride for us on Friday and I am hoping that we will soon be in a position to resolve this situation of only having six contracted riders to represent Leicester” added Allan.

Teams

Lakeside: 1. Davey Watt, 2. Richard Lawson, 3. Mikkel Bech, 4. Lewis Bridger, 5. Peter Karlsson, 6. Ben Morley and 7. Adam Ellis

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Lasse Bjerre, 5. Rory Schlein, 6. Max Clegg and 7. Josh Bates

Kent Kings v Lion Cubs Preview

Sunday, June 8th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

After two wins out of two for the Leicester Lion Cubs in the National Trophy competition, the juniors head to the Central Park Stadium in Sittingbourne on Monday to race against the Kent Kings. The two teams last met in April at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium when Leicester, after weathering early pressure from the visitors, went on to win comfortably by 57 points to 38.

“There are only four clubs in the National Trophy competition which means three home and three away fixtures to decide the two finalists so there is hardly any room for mistakes and although Kent have yet to pick up a point from three matches the meeting down there will be far from easy. They have a good home track advantage which we need to master and if we can gain some success in the early heats that will build confidence and hopefully we will then come away with the match points” explained the Lion Cubs Junior Team Manager David Howard.

Kent are without Ben Morley for the fixture and have named the Stoke rider Ben Hopwood as a guest in his place, whilst the Cubs, jubilant from winning at home on Sunday against Stoke welcome back James Sarjeant and Tom Perry from injury. Oliver Greenwood who recently broke his collar-bone is replaced by Nathan Greaves who stepped in as a guest for the Cubs and scored thirteen points against Stoke.

Teams

Kent: 1. Ben Hopwood, 2. Aaron Baseby, 3. David Mason, 4. Luke Chessell, 5. Simon Lambert, 6. Luke Harris and 7. Danny Ayres

Leicester: 1. Nathan Greaves, 2. Dan Greenwood, 3. Tom Perry, 4. Max Clegg, 5. James Sarjeant, 6. Tom Woolley and 7. James Shanes

Leicester v King’s Lynn Preview

Thursday, June 5th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Leicester hosts the current leaders of the Elite League, the King’s Lynn Stars at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Saturday without their number one rider and talisman Jason Doyle. Whilst the Lions are hoping to become only the second team this season to beat the visitors, Doyle will be bidding for a place in next season’s Grand Prix series at Berwick.

“Jason has a great opportunity to secure a place in next season’s Grand Prix series and we as a club would not wish to stand in his way. It is every rider’s ambition when they start out in the sport to reach the top of their chosen profession and to represent your country in a World Championship competition. Jason in my view is close to realising his dream of rubbing shoulders with the very best and already this season we have seen him beat some of those currently competing in the Grand Prix so he knows that he has the ability to make an impression if he qualifies from the meeting at Berwick on Saturday” explained the Lions team manager Norrie Allan.

In Doyle’s place the Rapid Solicitors Lions will book in a guest rider and King’s Lynn are also missing two riders from the team that has taken them to the top of the Elite League table. Kenneth Bjerre is competing in the same meeting as Doyle at Berwick and Robert Lambert is representing Team GB in a semi-final of the Speedway World Under-21 Team Championship at the Teterow stadium in Germany. The visitors have booked Sam Masters as a guest for Lambert and team manager Rob Lyon has opted to cover for Bjerre’s absence with rider replacement.  The big draw-card on Saturday is the appearance of Niels-Kristian Iversen, ranked the third best rider in World Speedway who currently has the highest race average in the Elite League.

“King’s Lynn will present us with an almighty challenge as they are the in-form team of the moment and deserve their lofty position as leaders of the Elite League. Bjerre will be a loss to the team as he is second in their averages but they have enough cover throughout the side to step into his shoes. We have booked in Coventry’s Kenneth Hansen to replace Patrick Hougaard and I am in the process of engaging a guest rider for Jason Doyle. I believe that rider for rider we are a match for them in the main body of the team and the key will be at reserve where they have two of the best pairings in the league on current form so whichever team scores the most in heats 2 and 9 may well be the difference between winning and losing this match” added Allan.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Guest, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Lasse Bjerre, 5. Kenneth Hansen, 6. Josh Bates and 7. Max Clegg

King’s Lynn: 1. Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2. Nicklas Porsing, 3. Rory Schlein, 4. Sam Masters, 5. Rider Replacement, 6. Lewis Kerr and 7. Lewis Rose

Swindon v Leicester Preview

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Leicester travel to Swindon on Thursday for their re-arranged Elite League match against the Robins after the original fixture that was due to take place on 22nd May was postponed because of a waterlogged track. With Simon Stead riding on the same night for his Premier League club, Leicester have engaged Sam Masters as a guest and the club will cover for Hougaard with either a guest rider or they will share out his four rides between his team members. Swindon sit one place above Leicester in the Elite League table and with three former riders in the Lions line-up there is an optimism of a close result. “Jason, Mads and Lasse have had plenty of laps of the Swindon track so we are hoping that their knowledge will give us a boost” added Hemsley.

Teams

Swindon: 1. Peter Kildemand, 2. Simon Gustafsson, 3. Nicolai Klindt (Guest), 4. Dakota North, 5. Troy Batchelor, 6. Nathan Greaves and 7. Steven Worrall

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters (Guest), 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Lasse Bjerre, 5. Guest or Rider Replacement, 6. Max Clegg and 7. Tom Perry

Wolverhampton v Leicester Preview

Sunday, June 1st, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Leicester go to Wolverhampton on Monday still searching for that first elusive away win in the Elite League. The Rapid Solicitors Lions have one away match point so far from five fixtures and are looking to add to that figure against the Wolves.

The teams last met at Leicester in March and Wolverhampton edged a win in the very last race of the meeting. Since then the Wolves have lost each of their last five away fixtures with only a bonus consolation match point gleaned at Birmingham to show for their efforts. At home both Poole and Belle Vue left the Monmore Green Stadium with a draw and the west Midlands club have dropped points against Lakeside, King’s Lynn and Coventry. Wolverhampton will be buoyed by the performance of their captain and current World Champion Tai Woffinden who is now joint leader in the Grand Prix series after his win in Prague on Saturday.

“Wolverhampton are a quality side but have not fully found their top form at home so far which is a mystery really and that has to be to our advantage. I was looking for both Tom Perry and Max Clegg to give the team a big performance as they both ride for Cradley whose home track is at Wolverhampton but this has been partly scuppered by the fact that we will now be without Tom again for a short while” explained the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Perry has been missing from Leicester’s team since breaking his collar-bone last month and had a fitness test on Saturday with the intention that if all went well he would lead the Lion Cubs out against Stoke yesterday in a National Trophy fixture but the practice ended in disappointment as he fell and injured muscles in his shoulder which now rules him out of the team again.

With Perry back on the injured list and Patrick Hougaard still missing following a broken thumb sustained at Coventry in April, Rory Schlein who guested for Leicester at Eastbourne on Saturday continues at number five in the team against the Wolves. “Rory did a great job for us at Eastbourne and finished joint second top scorer but our preparation was disrupted a little when I had to make a last minute change to the side following the injury to James Sarjeant whilst riding for Coventry on Thursday. Sarjeant was deputising for Perry and because he was unfit to race we asked Marc Owen to ride for us. The King’s Lynn lad had rotten luck and was unable to show us what he could do as both of his bikes broke down” explained Allan.

Teams

Wolverhampton: 1. Tai Woffinden, 2. Jacob Thorssell, 3. Ricky Wells, 4. Ty Proctor, 5. Piotr Pawlicki, 6. Joe Jacobs and 7. Ashley Morris

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Lasse Bjerre, 5. Rory Schlein, 6. Max Clegg and at 7. Guest for Tom Perry

Lion Cubs make late changes

Saturday, May 31st, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Leicester Lion Cubs make two late changes to the team to face the Stoke Potters tomorrow in the National Trophy fixture at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium.

Dan Greenwood now returns to the team following his release from Newcastle earlier this week and with James Sarjeant unavailable due to injury following a crash whilst riding for Coventry at King’s Lynn on Thursday the Cubs will cover for his absence at number five by sharing his rides out under the rider replacement rule.

The meeting on Sunday starts at the earlier time of 4.00 pm and will be followed by a Midland Development League fixture between the Long Eaton Invaders and Stoke Spitfires.

Leicester: 1. Marc Owen, 2. Dan Greenwood, 3. Tom Perry, 4. Max Clegg, 5. Rider Replacement, 6. Tom Woolley and 7. Adam Kirby

Lion Cubs v Stoke Preview

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

With no home meeting on Saturday as Leicester are racing away at Eastbourne, this weekend sees the Lion Cubs back in action against the Stoke Potters in a National Trophy fixture at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Sunday.

The competition involves four clubs; Leicester, Stoke, Mildenhall and Kent who will ride against each other home and away with the top two teams progressing through to a Grand Final to determine the winners. The Lion Cubs began with a convincing home win against Kent by 57 points to 38 in April and on Sunday they meet Stoke one of the surprise teams of the National League so far this season. The Potters lead the National Trophy table with seven points from three matches after completing the double over the Kent Kings whilst Leicester are currently in second place with two matches in hand over the visitors.

“Stoke have really jelled as a team this season and if we can replicate the same spirit and desire as we did during the match against Kent we will be competitive. The Potters are a strong side with a lot of experience at the top end. Ben Wilson has ridden extensively in the Premier League and Jon Armstrong is a consistent performer at this level. Their third heat leader is Ben Hopwood and he has recently gained a place in the Elite League with Poole” outlined the Lion Cubs Team Manager, David Howard.

The visitor’s run of good results can be pinpointed to the form of Chris Widman who was snapped up by Stoke after Isle of Wight, the club he rode for in 2013, folded during the winter. Widman, who lives in Leicestershire, has been a match winner for the Staffordshire club and will pose a threat to Leicester.

The Lion Cubs make three changes to the team that beat Kent in April with the Greenwood’s Oliver and Dan together with James Shanes unavailable for Sunday’s fixture as Howard explains: “Since our last match Dan Greenwood has secured a team place at Newcastle and as they are also riding on Sunday that ruled him out of my plans. I have known for some time that Oliver would not be able to race for us against Stoke so I have opted to utilise rider replacement to cover for his absence and have Marc Owen who rides for King’s Lynn replacing Dan. At reserve James Shanes has a prior Grass-track commitment so Michael Neale gets his chance to shine at National League level.”

Tom Perry, who broke his collar-bone last month, is close to returning and will have a practice on Saturday and if he comes through the fitness test then he will race against Stoke on Sunday before returning to the Lions senior team for their Elite League fixture at Wolverhampton on Monday.

Teams

Leicester Lion Cubs: 1. Rider Replacement (for Oliver Greenwood), 2. Marc Owen, 3. Tom Perry, 4. Max Clegg, 5. James Sarjeant, 6. Tom Woolley and 7. Michael Neale

Stoke Potters: 1. Ben Wilson, 2. Chris Widman, 3. Ben Hopwood, 4. Lee Payne, 5. Jon Armstrong, 6. Rob Shuttleworth and 7. James McBain

Eastbourne v Leicester Preview

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Leicester make their second visit of the season to Eastbourne on Saturday in search of Elite League points. The Rapid Solicitors Lions forged into an early lead during the ‘A’ fixture in April and although the Eagles eventually gained the upper hand the score-line of 52-37 to the home side was not a true reflection of well Leicester rode.

Since then Eastbourne have continued to maintain an unbeaten home record and have been unscathed by injuries which have disrupted Leicester’s team with the loss of Peter Ljung, Patrick Hougaard and Tom Perry at various times. With Ljung replaced by Lasse Bjerre, the Lions are still without Perry and Hougaard and in the meantime they continue to cover for their absent riders by the use of guests. King’s Lynn’s captain Rory Schlein takes the place of Hougaard and the former Leicester rider now at Coventry, James Sarjeant will deputise for Perry at Eastbourne.

“It is not an ideal situation we are in and whilst our guests have not let us down it is difficult to generate team spirit when the side is forever changing from match to match. Eastbourne never gives much away on their home track and therefore we need everyone to contribute points. We pushed them hard at their place in April and with Rory and James in the side I believe that it will be another close contest again” explained the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

The Leicester team have not been together since their win against Belle Vue on 3rd May as the three subsequent fixtures against Swindon away, Birmingham and Poole at home during the Bank Holiday weekend were postponed due to the weather. After the Lions face Eastbourne on Saturday they have two more away fixtures in close succession at Wolverhampton on Monday and the re-arranged fixture at Swindon on Thursday 5th June.

Teams

Eastbourne: 1. Bjarne Pedersen, 2. Timo Lahti, 3. Joonas Kylmakorpi, 4.Cameron Woodward, 5. Mikkel Michelsen, 6. Lewis Blackbird and 7. Daniel Halsey.

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Lasse Bjerre, 5. Rory Schlein, 6. James Sarjeant and 7. Max Clegg

Birmingham Fixture Amendment

Sunday, May 25th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The news story released yesterday that the postponed Leicester v Birmingham Elite League fixture on Saturday at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium had been re-arranged for Friday 30th May has now been cancelled.

“We have to operate a full stadium safety certificate to satisfy our local authority and as a result we have to have a fixed number of stewards in place to be able to open the stadium gates and at this short notice the volunteers who provide this service are simply not available in sufficient numbers to allow us to open the stadium” explained the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.

“I would like to place on record the co-operation and understanding of the Birmingham Promoter Alan Phillips and as soon as we have a new re-staging date the information will be posted on the club’s website” added Hemsley.

Meanwhile the Rapid Solicitors Lions are in action tomorrow, Bank Holiday Monday, against the Poole Pirates who are led by the talented and exciting Australian Darcy Ward. The first race gets underway at the earlier time of 3.00 pm against the 2013 Elite League Champions.

Bank Holiday Preview

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The Leicester Lions enters this Bank Holiday weekend with two Elite League fixtures in three days at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium. On Saturday the Rapid Solicitors Lions race against the Birmingham Brummies’ in what is a crucial fixture for both teams. Last season the West Midlands club finished top of the Elite League table but lost to Poole Pirates in the play-off final. Four of the team that carried the club to within a whisker of the championship title have since moved on but results wise, Birmingham have not been able to reproduce the same form and are currently propping up the table. With Leicester sitting one place above them neither club will want to reach the end of heat fifteen empty handed.

“This is a must win for us and I am pleased that we have Simon Stead back who missed the win against Belle Vue and the away trip to Swindon on Thursday due to fixture clashes with Sheffield his Premier League club. Lasse Bjerre makes his home debut and he is in the form of his life at Peterborough and knows every inch of the Leicester track so I am sure that he will turn out to be a good replacement for Peter Ljung. Of course we are still missing Patrick Hougaard and for now we are covering for his absence with a guest” explained Lions Team Manager, Norrie Allan.

Chris Harris, the former Birmingham rider now at Coventry will stand in at number five for Hougaard and Tom Perry, who broke his collarbone is replaced by Oliver Greenwood who went so well for Peterborough in a pre-season friendly at Leicester in March and was also amongst the points when he rode for the Lion Cubs against the Kent Kings in the National Trophy a month later.

Birmingham too have injury worries having lost Adam Skornicki following a crash in the home fixture against King’s Lynn last week and they will be including a guest rider for the Polish International at number one in the team on Saturday.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Simon Stead, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Lasse Bjerre, 5. Chris Harris, 6. Oliver Greenwood and 7. Max Clegg

Birmingham: 1. Guest rider 2. Daniel Nermark, 3. Danny King, 4. Nicolas Covatti, 5. Ben Barker, 6. Paul Starke and 7. Simon Lambert

On Bank Holiday Monday Leicester face Poole Pirates, the 2013 Elite League Champions, which added a fifth title success in eleven seasons to their list of achievements. Team wise, their recent concern has been over the fitness of their talisman Darcy Ward who sustained a broken thumb whilst competing in the opening round of the Speedway Grand Prix in Auckland, New Zealand. Darcy’s absence has been covered by the temporary return of another Poole icon the 2012 World Champion Chris Holder but Ward is now back in the team and will make his first appearance at Leicester on Monday.

“They don’t come any tougher than Poole who have been a model of consistency over the last two decades and have a bulging trophy cabinet to prove it. Whilst the Pirates are at full strength we are without Lasse Bjerre who is riding for Peterborough on Monday and so Sam Masters is standing in for our latest signing. At number five we have the King’s Lynn Captain Rory Schlein as a guest in place of Patrick Hougaard and at reserve Josh Bates is covering for Tom Perry” stated Norrie Allan.

Bates, who is the British Under-21 Champion, gave an impressive performance in the World Under-21 Championship event at Leicester earlier this month. Had he not fallen when placed second in his opening heat the teenager who rides for Sheffield in the Premier League would have qualified for the final.

“With five of the seven Poole riders having never ridden the Leicester track I am hoping that we can get some early points on the board whilst they are figuring out the best way to ride the circuit” added Allan.

The Monday Bank Holiday meeting against Poole starts at the earlier time of 3.00pm.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Simon Stead, 5. Rory Schlein, 6. Josh Bates and 7. Max Clegg

Poole: 1. Darcy Ward, 2. Josh Grajczonek, 3. Przemyslaw Pawlicki, 4. Vaclav Milik, 5. Maciej Janowski, 6. Kyle Newman and 7. Ben Hopwood

Swindon v Leicester Preview

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

After a break of nearly three weeks since Leicester were last in action the team travel to Swindon on Thursday for an Elite League fixture against the Robins who are currently one place above the Lions in the table. The composition of the main body of the side is a replica of the Leicester team that beat Belle Vue at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium at the beginning of the month.

“We are without Simon Stead who is racing for his Premier League club the Sheffield Tigers in the cup against Berwick so I have asked Sam Masters to guest for us. Sam did a great job against Belle Vue and ended the night with seven points. I have partnered him with Jason Doyle as the two know each other’s style of riding from their days together at Somerset. We are still without Patrick Hougaard following his crash in the Midlands derby fixture at Coventry so we have asked Ben Barker to help us out again. Ben gained three vital third places against the Aces and I know that whichever team he is riding for he gives you one hundred per cent commitment. At reserve, Tom Perry is still a little way off returning to the team after breaking his collar-bone so Simon Lambert will fill in at Swindon” explained the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Two defeats at home this season have masked the quality of the Robins team who came close to achieving a shock win at King’s Lynn last week, only to lose by a six point margin. “We are not fooled by where Swindon sit in the league table and will give them every respect but we are going there with the intention of at least picking up a point and have Jason Doyle and Mads Korneliussen who have ridden for Swindon in the past so we have some experience in the side” added Allan.

The Rapid Solicitors Lions welcome back Lasse Bjerre for this fixture after the Dane signed for the club following his successful negotiation of the World Under-21 Championship qualifier at Leicester. Bjerre finished third in the meeting after a run-off with the Wolverhampton rider Jacob Thorssell which guaranteed the Dane a safe passage through to the final. Allan said: “Lasse is a great favourite with Lions fans following his two seasons with the club and it was disappointing that we could not fit him in from the very beginning of the season but both David (Hemsley) and I have kept a watchful eye on his performances for Peterborough in the Premier League and have been impressed with his scores.”

Teams

Swindon: 1. Peter Kildemand, 2. Simon Gustafsson, 3. Nick Morris, 4. Dakota North, 5. Troy Batchelor, 6. Nathan Greaves and 7. Steven Worrall

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Lasse Bjerre, 5. Ben Barker, 6. Max Clegg and 7. Simon Lambert

Future stars on show at Leicester

Thursday, May 15th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The future of British Speedway is on show at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Saturday when riders from all parts of the country compete in Round 2 of the British Youth Championship. The competition is open to any British rider under the age of sixteen and the series which began at Scunthorpe in March is set to run throughout the season. After the Leicester staging there are further rounds at Northside, Eastbourne, Rye House and Redcar.

There are four classes catered for starting with the 125cc sized engines and moving up to 150cc, 250cc and finally 500cc. With forty-one riders entered, the 2014 round at Leicester on Saturday is going to be the biggest to date since its inception. There will be plenty of interest for Lions fans as their three mascots, Luke Whitehead and the Thompson twins, Dan and Joe, will be competing on Saturday. In the opening round at Scunthorpe Dan Thompson fared the best with fourth place in the final of the 125cc section.

“The competition is seen to be the stepping stone into National League racing and the sport is indebted to Neil Vatcher and Phil Morris, the Team GB Under-21 Managers who give up a great deal of their personal time to ensure the smooth running of this event. This will be our third season of hosting a round and we are only too pleased to play a small part in the development of young British riders at grass roots level” explained the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.

With 45 races on the programme the meeting will start at the earlier time of 6.30 pm on Saturday.

Fixture Amendment

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Leicester’s Elite League fixture at Birmingham on 28th May has been rearranged and will now take place on Wednesday 27th August at Perry Barr.

FIM World Under-21 Preview

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

World Championship Speedway action comes to Leicester on Saturday at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium when some of the best young international riders will be competing for a place in the finals of the FIM World Under-21 Individual Championship competition later this season.

“Last season we hosted the British round of the FIM Flat-Track Cup and the delegates who were present that day recommended that Leicester Speedway be awarded a four year licence to run FIM international events. I am pleased to say that we received accreditation and during the winter we were awarded our first ever Speedway World Championship meeting. Clearly, this is another major milestone in the club’s recent history and we hope that it is just the first step along a path that leads to Leicester being considered for FIM World Championship meetings in the future” said the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.

The line-up includes the former Lions rider Lasse Bjerre who is likely to receive a great reception from Leicester fans as he was a firm favourite in the two years he rode for the club. The Dane is determined to make track knowledge count as he targets a place in the World Under-21 Final this weekend and takes his place in Saturday’s qualifier with his confidence high from a strong run of results for Peterborough and also with two years as a Lions rider in the Premier League behind him. Bjerre said: “I had some good times at Leicester and I know the track well. Hopefully that can work in my favour. I have the experience of riding it regularly plus I’ve also been to Leicester to watch a meeting this season so I should know what to expect. I will be so unhappy if I don’t get through because I know I am good enough to do it. I rode as a wild card in a couple of rounds last year, but I’ve never done the whole final. This is my last chance and it is really important to do it.”

Competition for a place in the final is likely to be hotly contested as in addition to Bjerre there are several known racers in the field. Namely the American Gino Manzares who is in his first season over here and already piling up the points for Ipswich; the Australian teenager Max Fricke who was a match winner as a guest for Coventry at Leicester last month; the high scoring Swede from Wolverhampton, Jacob Thorssell; the new British Under-21 Champion Josh Bates; Belle Vue’s Stefan Nielsen and Mikkel Bech the teenage star at Lakeside.

Admission prices for the event are as follows: Adults £15.00, Concessions £10.00 and Juniors £5.00 (children 11 and under free).

Full Line-up in draw order: 1. Stefan Nielsen (Great Britain), 2. Roman Cejka (Czech Republic), 3. Adrian Cyfer (Poland), 4. Nike Lunna (Finland), 5. Adrian Gala (Poland), 6. Mikkel Bech (Denmark), 7. Victor Palovaara (Sweden), 8. Gino Manzares (USA), 9. Dimitri Berge (France), 10. Lasse Bjerre (Denmark), 11. Max Fricke (Australia). 12. Eduard Krcmar (Czech Republic), 13. Jacob Thorssell (Sweden), 14. Sean Mason (New Zealand), 15. Josh Bates (Great Britain) and 16. Jiri Nieminen (Finland).

Leicester v Belle Vue Preview

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 | Fixtures, News

In speedway circles the Belle Vue Aces are known the world over and the Manchester club are this week’s visitors to the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium. Jason Attwood, the former Lions Team Manager, has named the same side that beat Poole on Monday. The current Elite League Champions were rocked by three consecutive maximum scores in a barn storming finish by the Aces who ended the match winners by 51 points to 39. The visitors have started the season with comprehensive home wins over Leicester, Wolverhampton and Poole and on the road they drew 45 points apiece at Wolverhampton last month.

Only Matej Zagar and Craig Cook remain from the 2013 team, as the Aces management have moved the pendulum from having just one British rider last year to currently five and with it a promising combination that is hoped will bring the good days back to the Manchester club.

Meanwhile, the Rapid Solicitors Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan has been scouring the list of eligible riders available to guest for the club on Saturday. With Peter Ljung still unfit from his crash at Leicester in the match against Eastbourne, Sam Masters, who deputised for him at King’s Lynn on Wednesday, keeps his place. With Simon Stead ruled out of the meeting due to a fixture clash with his Premier League club the Sheffield Tigers, Allan has engaged the former Lions rider Lasse Bjerre as his replacement and Birmingham’s Ben Barker comes into the side at number five to cover for the absence of Patrick Hougaard who broke a thumb last month.

“Our options have been limited for Saturday as there are so many fixtures with riders committed elsewhere. It is bad enough finding two replacements for Ljung and Hougaard but we have also had to contend with losing Simon Stead. Sheffield are at Berwick in the cup and whenever there is a fixture clash the Premier League club have priority over him but I believe that we have come up with the best possible guests available on the night” commented the Lions Team Manager, Norrie Allan.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Lasse Bjerre 5. Ben Barker 6. Tom Perry and 7. Max Clegg

Belle Vue: 1. Matej Zagar, 2. Michael Palm Toft, 3. Scott Nicholls, 4. Richie Worrall, 5. Craig Cook, 6. Stefan Nielsen and 7. Ben Reade

King’s Lynn v Leicester Preview

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The Rapid Solicitors Leicester Lions face a stern test on Wednesday when they race against the King’s Lynn Stars at the Norfolk Arena. The hosts enter the meeting in confident mood having made a near perfect start to the season and living up to the pre-season forecasts as a team to be feared. Five wins from a possible six has placed the Stars in a bullish position of second in the Elite League table, just two points behind leaders the Lakeside Hammers but with three matches in hand.

At the helm of the team is their Grand Prix rider Niels-Kristian Iversen and he receives solid support from Kenneth Bjerre and Rory Schlein. “King’s Lynn went about their team building in a different way to Leicester. Whereas they have top end strength we went for a more even spread of scoring throughout the side. After our performance against Eastbourne at the weekend we will be approaching the match in a positive mood” stated the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Leicester make two changes to the team that won at the weekend. Ryan Fisher replaces Patrick Hougaard and Sam Masters will cover for Peter Ljung. “Patrick had an operation last week to fix his broken thumb sustained at Coventry and is likely to be missing for around six weeks and Peter also injured his hand in a crash against Eastbourne on Saturday. I have also switched the reserve pairing around with Max at six and Tom at seven for this match” added Allan.

Teams

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

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Sam Masters, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Simon Stead, 5. Ryan Fisher, 6. Tom Perry and 7. Max Clegg

Leicester v Eastbourne Preview

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The Eastbourne Eagles are the visitors to Leicester on Saturday and Team Manager Norrie Allan is looking for his team to bounce back from the home reverse against Coventry last week. “The match point we picked up at Coventry was scrubbed out the following night in the return fixture at home when we let slip a six point lead. We were all deflated to say the least. I thought the night before was the beginning of a turn in fortune and if someone had said to me that Jason Doyle would go through the card unbeaten at home then I would have expected us to win. We are a much better team than that and nothing short of a win against Eastbourne, and by that I mean three match points in the bag, is needed to keep in touch with the in-form teams above us in the league table.”

With Patrick Hougaard ruled out of the fixture with a broken thumb sustained in a crash at Coventry, the Rapid Solicitors Lions have lined up Nick Morris as a guest on Saturday. The Australian is a renowned Leicester track specialist and he was the top scorer in the season opener in March at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium for the Rest of the World side against Team GB. Eastbourne are also forced into one change as Lewis Blackbird is required by Peterborough, his Premier League club, and he has been replaced by a teammate of Morris’s at Swindon, Steven Worrall.

So far, this season has begun with the Eagles unbeaten at home having won all four matches but on their travels they have yet to open their account from two meetings but sit handily in fourth place in the Elite League table by virtue of their results at home. When the two sides last met earlier this month in Sussex, the Lions led during the early stages of the match and were still in contention with five heats remaining but the Eagles pulled away to win by 52 points to 37.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Peter Ljung, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Simon Stead, 5. Nick Morris, 6. Tom Perry and 7. Max Clegg

Eastbourne: 1. Bjarne Pedersen, 2. Timo Lahti, 3. Joonas Kylmakorpi, 4. Cameron Woodward, 5. Mikkel Michelsen, 6. Steven Worrall and 7. Daniel Halsey

Leicester v Coventry Preview

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Leicester have a double date with near neighbours the Coventry Bees this Easter Bank Holiday with first of all a trip to the Brandon Stadium on Friday. With three defeats on the road so far, the Rapid Solicitors Lions will be looking for an improved performance following their below par showing at Belle Vue on Monday when the team crashed to their worst result of the season so far.

“We showed real promise in our fixtures at Lakeside and Eastbourne but we just did not find our rhythm in Manchester. Not wishing to take anything away from Belle Vue whose 1-7 all delivered what was expected of them our Achilles heel was down to a lack of sharpness from the start-line. As a result we were forever in chase mode and it was hard going for our riders who were trying to find a racing line to make a difference” explained the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.

Leicester make one change to their line-up at Coventry as Simon Stead is required by Sheffield to race at Redcar on Friday. The club have booked Ricky Wells who will take Stead’s place at number four.  Coventry meanwhile make one enforced change for the return match at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Saturday as Kyle Howarth is unavailable because he is committed to riding for Workington, his Premier League club and he will be replaced by a guest.

The back-to-back fixtures brings together the first league meetings between the two clubs since the Lions disappeared in 1983 and the matches will evoke memories of bygone days when the local derby clashes were the highlight of the season for Leicester and Coventry supporters.

“We had a fantastic turnout of fans for the Midlands derby against Wolverhampton last month and I can foresee a similar attendance for the visit of Coventry. There is an air of excitement amongst our fans and I am sure that the same aura is being replicated by many Bees supporters who themselves remember the days when Coventry last met Leicester. With two former Lions riders Jason Garrity and James Sarjeant in their side and the spectacular Chris Harris leading out their team there is plenty of talking points for fans to look forward to” enthused Hemsley.

After a season of pain last year which saw Coventry finish rock bottom of the Elite League table, owner Mick Horton vowed that this year would be very different in terms of results and he was the first to announce the full team before anyone else. It was a case of out with the old and in with the new as the Bees totally re-engineered the make-up of the team which meant there were no survivors from 2013. Though, like Leicester, the Bees have made an indifferent start to the season having picked up match points at Swindon but then lost three consecutive matches, one of which was at home to King’s Lynn last week.

Team Line-ups at Coventry

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Peter Ljung, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Ricky Wells (Guest), 5. Patrick Hougaard, 6. Tom Perry and 7. Max Clegg

Coventry: 1. Hans Andersen, 2. Ryan Fisher, 3. Kenneth Hansen, 4. Kyle Howarth, 5. Chris Harris, 6. Jason Garrity and 7. James Sarjeant

Team Line-ups at Leicester

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Peter Ljung, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Simon Stead, 5. Patrick Hougaard, 6. Tom Perry and 7. Max Clegg

Coventry: 1. Hans Andersen, 2. Ryan Fisher, 3. Kenneth Hansen, 4. Guest replacement for Kyle Howarth, 5. Chris Harris, 6. Jason Garrity and 7. James Sarjeant

Belle Vue v Leicester Preview

Sunday, April 13th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The Rapid Solicitors Lions are in action again on Monday at Belle Vue and with two former riders in the team they will be looking for their first league points away from home. “Both Patrick Hougaard and Simon Stead have ridden for the Aces during their careers so we go there with some knowledge of the Manchester track. We rode well at both Lakeside and Eastbourne without getting the breaks and I am confident that an away win is just around the corner. Belle Vue have not ridden at home yet so perhaps that may go in our favour to give us a little track advantage on the night” explained the Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Teams

Belle Vue: 1. Matej Zagar, 2. Michael Palm Toft, 3. Scott Nicholls, 4. Richie Worrall, 5. Craig Cook, 6. Stefan Nielsen and 7. Ben Reade

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Peter Ljung, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Simon Stead, 5. Patrick Hougaard, 6. Tom Perry and 7. Max Clegg

Leicester v Lakeside Preview

Thursday, April 10th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The Lakeside Hammers, Saturday’s visitors to the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium, were on course last season to make the play-off stage until the bottom fell out of their bid after negotiating their way into contention. Of their remaining seven fixtures, six were away from home so perhaps it was not surprising that they fell short in the final reckoning and added to that the Hammers lost Peter Karlsson to injury in a crash at King’s Lynn during this period.

The Lakeside management have retained four of last season’s team; Peter Karlsson, Davey Watt, Lewis Bridger and Richard Lawson with the only new face in the main body of the side being Mikkel Bech. The nineteen year old was a summer signing for Plymouth and the young Dane made an immediate impact, scoring a paid thirteen against Glasgow. It was thought that Mikkel was heading to Peterborough this year until the Panthers pulled out of the Elite League and in nipped Lakeside to secure his services. At reserve they have a talented teenager in Adam Ellis and this could be the year when his race partner Ben Morley ‘comes of age.’

The Hammers have begun the 2014 campaign with three wins out of three which includes the 52-42 victory over Leicester last Friday. Lakeside made a tremendous start to the meeting and were ten points ahead after three heats. Whilst the Lions matched the home side point for point from thereon the damage had already been done. Entering the final heat Leicester needed a 5-1 to gain a consolation match point and whilst Jason Doyle won the race Peter Karlsson and Davey Watt filled the minor places to deny the Lions a point.

“We recovered well from such a poor start which shows the character in the side and had we begun the match with a few more points on the board I am sure that we would not have left Essex empty handed. We applied ourselves much better at Eastbourne which was a tricky fixture in itself and made more difficult by light rain during most of the meeting which made the top surface slippery. We were still in contention after ten heats but then the Eagles were the better team over the last third. However, we are a new team that has to get used to one another but my impression is after taking into account the last three fixtures we are close to collecting our first league points of the season and hopefully it will be on Saturday night against Lakeside” commented the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Peter Ljung, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Simon Stead, 5. Patrick Hougaard, 6. Tom Perry and 7. Max Clegg

Lakeside: 1. Peter Karlsson, 2. Richard Lawson, 3. Davey Watt, 4. Mikkel Bech, 5. Lewis Bridger, 6. Ben Morley and 7. Adam Ellis

Teams for Peterborough

Sunday, April 6th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The teams for tomorrow’s Inter-League Challenge Match fixture at Peterborough are confirmed and it will bring together four of last season’s Lions team members with Kauko and Jan in opposition to Lasse and Lewis.

The meeting will start at 7.30 pm.

Peterborough: 1. Ryan Fisher, 2. Lewis Blackbird, 3. Ales Dryml. 4. Ulrich Ostergaard, 5. Lasse Bjerre, 6. Joe Jacobs and 7. Oliver Greenwood

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Jan Graversen, 3. Kauko Nieminen, 4. Simon Stead, 5. Patrick Hougaard, Max Clegg and Tom Perry

Lion Cubs begin their Trophy quest

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 | Fixtures, News

On Sunday Leicester venture into new territory when the Lion Cubs take on the Kent Kings in the National Trophy at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium. During the winter the club accepted an invitation to enter a team in the competition which comprises of a mini league encompassing Leicester, Kent, Mildenhall and Stoke. Each team will race one another home and away with the top two teams meeting in a Grand Final to be staged over two legs to decide the winners.

“This is of course a new venture for the club and an exciting one at that as we are bringing National League racing to Leicester for the first time. We have appointed David Howard our Incident Recorder as Team Manager to oversee the project and he has come up with what I consider to be a competitive side and as close to a representative Leicester team as possible” commented the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.

The Kent Kings are a new club having been formed last season and are captained by the one-time Leicester rider Simon Lambert who rode for the Lions in 2012. The Kent management have built their team around the experience of Lambert, together with Ben Morley, who whilst only twenty years of age is starting his sixth season. David Mason is the oldest member of the team at thirty-seven and Benji Compton, a former Conference League Riders Champion, is in the main body of the side.

The Lion Cubs have constructed their team around the rising stars of the National League as Team Manager David Howard explains: “I am looking forward to the start of the National Trophy competition and we have a competitive well balanced team to entertain the fans. They all have experience of riding the Leicester track which hopefully gives us the opportunity of progressing through the group to the final. I have included our two young reserves from Leicester’s senior team, Tom Perry and Max Clegg, who will form a partnership. They both ride together for Dudley as well and I have replicated the same approach with the opening pairing of James Sarjeant, who was on Leicester’s books last season, and Dan Greenwood who rides in the same team as Sarjeant at Coventry. Continuing the Coventry theme, at five is Oliver Greenwood who I am pleased to say was a high performer the other week when he scored eight points for Peterborough at Leicester in the pre-season challenge. At six and seven are another two stars of the future who have shown plenty of promise whenever they have ridden the Leicester track.”

It promises to be an action packed Sunday as there are two added attractions as part of the programme which gets underway at 4.00 pm. Firstly, after the completion of the National Trophy fixture, there will be a Match Race between Simon Lambert, the current holder of the Bronze Helmet title, and one of the top three scorers in the Leicester team. Finally, the Long Eaton Invaders will race against the Rye House Raiders in their opening Midland Development League fixture of the season and the occasion will mark the debut of the Lions mascot Luke Whitehead who has been signed by the Derbyshire club.

Teams

Leicester Lion Cubs: 1. James Sarjeant, 2. Dan Greenwood, 3. Tom Perry, 4. Max Clegg, 5. Oliver Greenwood, 6. James Shanes and 7. Tom Woolley

Kent Kings: 1. Simon Lambert, 2. Luke Chessell, 3. Ben Morley, 4. Benji Compton, 5. David Mason, 6. Daniel Blake and 7. Luke Harris.

Lions on the road

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The Leicester team embarks upon a busy period of three matches in four days which begins on Friday with a trip to Lakeside for their opening away fixture in the Elite League. The Hammers began their 2014 Elite League Campaign with a 47-44 victory over the Swindon Robins, with the Essex based club giving full home debuts to Mikkel Bech and fast track reserves Adam Ellis and Ben Morley, all of whom scored heat wins.

The Lions have switched their reserves around for the fixture but kept the same pairings in the main body of the side. “I thought that the pairings worked well against Wolverhampton with the seniors outscoring their opposite numbers and once we get our reserves firing, as I know they can, the results will start to come. Compared to our track the Lakeside circuit is completely different in shape and size, being sixty-one metres shorter. Our top five have ridden there regularly so they will know just what’s required and of course Peter Ljung rode for Lakeside when he was last here in 2011, so his inside knowledge of how best to ride the track will be an advantage” explained the Rapid Solicitors Lions Team Manager Norrie Allan.

Teams

Lakeside: 1. Peter Karlsson, 2. Richard Lawson, 3. Davey Watt, 4. Mikkel Bech, 5. Lewis Bridger, 6. Ben Morley and 7. Adam Ellis

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Peter Ljung, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Simon Stead, 5. Patrick Hougaard, 6. Max Clegg and 7. Tom Perry

Twenty-four hours later the team will move on to Eastbourne. Last year was a season of struggle that ended with the Eagles occupying eighth place in the Elite League table, their worst finish since 2006 but this year they have started on a high note with the demolition of Birmingham by 62 points to 30 at the weekend. Eastbourne have been forced into a team change already following an injury to Kim Nilsson earlier this year and as a result the Sussex club have recalled Timo Lahti as cover until the Swede is fit to return. At the head of the Eagles team are Bjarne Pedersen, Joonas Kylmakorpi and Cameron Woodward. Kylmakorpi’s capabilities are already known to Leicester as he deputised for Jason Doyle last month and ended the night as top scorer for the Lions in Mads Korneliussen’s Testimonial at King’s Lynn. The Lions make one positional change with the two reserves swopping places again. “The reason for switching the reserves around is a tactical change that may bring us a few more points” added Allan.

Teams

Eastbourne: 1. Bjarne Pedersen, 2. Timo Lahti, 3. Joonas Kylmakorpi, 4. Mikkel Michelsen, 5. Cameron Woodward, 6. Lewis Blackbird and 7. Dan Halsey

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Peter Ljung, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Simon Stead, 5. Patrick Hougaard, 6. Tom Perry and 7. Max Clegg

On Monday Leicester will fulfil the return Inter-League fixture against the Peterborough Panthers. The Lions went down 42 points to 48 in the pre-season friendly at home last month and details of the team line-up will be released soon.

Leicester v Wolverhampton Preview

Thursday, March 27th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

It is a red letter day for the Leicester Lions on Saturday who take on the Wolverhampton Wolves in their first ever Elite League fixture at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium. The visitors reached the semi-final play-off stage in 2013 but were outpointed by Birmingham who went on to lose in the final to the Poole Pirates. The Wolves avenged their end of season disappointment on Monday by beating the Brummies’ by 58 points to 35 at Monmore Green and the chief architect of their victory was the British World Champion Tai Woffinden, who raced to a perfect score of fifteen points. Joining Woffinden at the top of the score-chart was their new Polish signing Piotr Pawlicki who on his home debut was also unbeaten by an opponent.

Pawlicki though will be missing from the Wolverhampton team for the visit to Leicester as he is competing in the Polish Under-21 Championship qualifier and so they have engaged the Coventry rider Chris Harris as a guest replacement. Meanwhile, the Rapid Solicitors Lions are strengthened by the presence of Jason Doyle who received clearance on Monday to work in the UK when his Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting) Sponsorship application was approved. Doyle, missed the Inter-League Challenge fixture against Peterborough last weekend but he will take his place at number one in the Leicester team alongside Peter Ljung who himself will be flying in for the fixture after representing Sweden in Round 1 of the Speedway Best Pairs competition at the Torun track in Poland the night before.

“It will be an historic night as we are now involved at the highest level of racing in this country again. To think that it is just over three years ago that we came of age as a club and are now on the brink of a new chapter in the story of Leicester Speedway. It is a special moment to savour for fans and everyone who worked so hard to bring the sport back to the City” commented the Lions Press Officer, Alan Jones.

Leicester were previously a First Division club having spent sixteen years in the top flight of British Speedway during the earlier era of the Lions when the team were considered one of the most fashionable sides in the country with their colour co-ordinated red and yellow racing leathers. The team came close to winning the British League Championship in 1971 and were cup finalists four years later. On the individual front, Ray Wilson was crowned British Champion in 1973 and he steered Great Britain to their first success at Wembley Stadium in the World Cup Final. Much later, Les Collins, who was the last captain of the Lions, delighted his legion of fans with second place in the World Championship Final.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Jason Doyle, 2. Peter Ljung, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Simon Stead, 5. Patrick Hougaard, 6. Tom Perry and 7. Max Clegg

Wolverhampton: 1. Tai Woffinden, 2. Jacob Thorssell, 3.Ty Proctor, 4. Ricky Wells, 5. Chris Harris, 6. Joe Jacobs and 7. Ashley Morris

Leicester v Peterborough Preview

Thursday, March 20th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The Leicester Promotion received the news that they have been waiting for all winter, that Jason Doyle will receive his Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting) Sponsorship approval in the next few days. It means that the Lions will go into their first full team match without Doyle against the Peterborough Panthers on Saturday but he should be in the UK in good time to face Wolverhampton confirmed the Lions’ boss David Hemsley: “It has been a frustrating time for the club and Jason in particular. We were hoping that he would be here in time for Saturday but the fixture is not critical in the whole scheme of things. The important aspect is that Jason will receive written confirmation shortly giving him the right to work in the UK and knowing Jason as soon as that comes through he will be on a flight here.”

In Doyle’s absence the Rapid Solicitors Lions will operate the rider replacement facility in his place at number one in the team against the Peterborough Panthers in the Inter-League Challenge at Leicester on Saturday. “Whilst this is not an ideal situation I would rather give my own riders extra races at the expense of another club’s asset because at this time of the season the sooner our new team becomes accustomed to the Leicester track the better it will be, particularly as our first Elite League fixture against Wolverhampton is in just over a week’s time” added Hemsley.

Apart from missing Doyle the Lions will be at full strength. Originally Max Clegg was booked to compete in the British Under-21 Championship at Plymouth on Saturday but has opted to race for Leicester instead. “We left it entirely up to Max to decide which meeting he wanted to compete in as we did not want to insist that he pulls out of a British Championship competition to ride in what is effectively a pre-season challenge event. Max chose to ride for the Lions which shows his commitment to the club” stated Hemsley.

Peterborough, who opened their season with a home defeat on Tuesday against Rye House in the League Cup competition, is also missing the former Czech Republic National Champion, Ales Dryml. The Panthers have booked the Leicester track specialist Nick Morris as a guest replacement. With Lewis Blackbird also missing the fixture, the Panthers have included Aaron Summers at number two in a team that features the USA World Cup rider Ryan Fisher, along with the former Leicester rider Lasse Bjerre.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Rider Replacement for Jason Doyle, 2. Peter Ljung, 3. Mads Korneliussen, 4. Simon Stead, 5. Patrick Hougaard, 6. Tom Perry and 7. Max Clegg

Peterborough: 1. Ryan Fisher, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Lasse Bjerre, 4. Ulrich Ostergaard, 5. Nick Morris, 6. Joe Jacobs and 7. Oliver Greenwood

Mads Big Day

Friday, March 14th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Mads Korneliussen will make his first appearance in the colours of new club Leicester when he stages his Testimonial at King’s Lynn on Sunday (3.00 pm).

Korneliussen has switched to the Rapid Solicitors Lions for the 2014 Elite League season but is celebrating a decade in British Speedway at the Norfolk Arena, where he has spent the previous three campaigns, and the four-team tournament also includes representation from two of his other former clubs, Swindon and now defunct Newport.

Korneliussen said: “I want to thank Keith Chapman for letting me use the Norfolk Arena for my big day, it is one of my favourite tracks and I’m sure it will make for excellent racing. I also want to thank the great people and businesses who have sponsored heats and riders.”

Joining Mads in the team will be Patrick Hougaard who had his first competitive match last Sunday. Hougaard scored six points which included a heat win for the Rest of the World side that were on the wrong end of a 45-39 score-line against Team GB at Leicester. For Peter Ljung, the meeting at the Norfolk Arena on Sunday will be his first appearance in the UK since he was last here in 2011 whilst riding for the Lakeside Hammers.

Leicester were originally hoping to include Jason Doyle in the team but the Australian is still waiting to hear that his Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting) application has been successful and therefore the Lions have co-opted the Eastbourne rider Joonas Kylmakorpi as a guest to complete their team.

Reflecting on the season ahead for the Lions Mads said: “I am excited by the new challenge at Leicester and that’s one of the reasons why I opted to go there when there were other options. It parallels King’s Lynn and it would be just brilliant if we could turn in a season that upset the odds a bit. The more I get to know about Leicester the more impressed I am with them and hopefully we will make their first season in the Elite League a memorable one.”

LEICESTER: Mads Korneliussen, Peter Ljung, Patrick Hougaard, Joonas Kylmakorpi

SWINDON: Hans Andersen, Peter Kildemand, Troy Batchelor, Nicolai Klindt

KING’S LYNN: Kenneth Bjerre, Rory Schlein, Richie Worrall, Morten Risager

NEWPORT: Niels-Kristian Iversen, Cameron Woodward, Scott Nicholls, Ty Proctor

Ben Fund draws closer

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The Ben Fund Bonanza at Leicester opens the British Speedway season on Sunday (2.00 pm) and this year the meeting is also the first outing for the Great Britain team under their new manager Alun Rossiter.

Rosco has taken the opportunity to have a look at some of the less experienced contenders for his side with Richard Lawson and Kyle Howarth included alongside the obvious top names such as Tai Woffinden, Chris Harris and Craig Cook.

They race against the Rest of the World in a match on the old 14-heat format with 8 riders per team. The riders of both sides will then contest a second half of four heats and a final for the Ben Fund Bonanza Trophy.

Organiser Paul Ackroyd again stresses the importance of the event. He said “2013 proved to be a very difficult year, with several riders suffering extremely serious injuries. Due to the support of the previous Bonanza’s and track collections, the Fund was able to react swiftly and efficiently to be able to give the necessary assistance as required.

“A snapshot of the type of help we gave last year was: assistance towards home adaptations, purchase of a wheelchair, assistance for former (veteran) riders suffering serious illness and financial support was given to more than 50 current riders. In total we spent £120,000.”

Several of the former riders now in wheelchairs will be attending the meeting. Garry Stead is of course managing the Rest of the World team and also expected are Neil Hewitt, Graham Miles who is now WSRA president, Steve Weatherly, Joe Owen and possibly former Belle Vue captain Alan Wilkinson.

Teams:

GREAT BRITAIN: Tai Woffinden (Captain), Richie Worrall, Chris Harris, Danny King, Craig Cook, Kyle Howarth, Richard Lawson and Ben Barker

REST OF THE WORLD: Bjarne Pedersen (Captain), Josh Grajczonek, Adam Skornicki, Cameron Woodward, Ty Proctor, Patrick Hougaard, Nick Morris and Morten Risager

Ben Fund Team Pairings Announced

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Sunday’s International at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium between Team GB and a Rest of the World side will mark the first occasion that Tai Woffinden will wear the captain’s armband since being appointed to the position by Team Manager Alun Rossiter last month. The British World Champion, who makes his Leicester track debut, will form a strong opening partnership with the Belle Vue rider Richie Worrall. At three and four Rossiter has elected for an experienced pairing in Chris Harris and Danny King. The two rode together for Birmingham last season and wearing the number five race-jacket is the fastest rider to circumnavigate the Leicester circuit, Craig Cook who holds the track record and on past performances as a visiting rider he has few equals. Partnering Cook is Kyle Howarth who was a winter signing for Coventry. At reserve is Richard Lawson who receives his first call-up to ride for his country at senior level. The Lakeside rider won the 2013 Pride of the Midlands Trophy at Leicester and alongside Lawson at reserve is Ben Barker who was selected for Team GB’s World Cup squad last season.

On the opposite side of the pits, the Rest of the World team is managed by Gary Stead and the side comprises of four Australians, three Danes and a Pole. Leading out the team will be the vastly experienced Bjarne Pedersen who will be partnered with Josh Grajczonek who rounded off a successful season with two league championship medals with Poole and Somerset along with a gold medal in the Premier League Pairs event. One of the sports’ most entertaining riders is Adam Skornicki, the 2008 Polish National Champion, who lines up alongside the Eastbourne captain Cameron Woodward.

For Leicester fans it will be their first glimpse of Patrick Hougaard since he signed to ride for the Rapid Solicitors Lions. The former Peterborough rider will ride alongside Ty Proctor who was scoring well for Wolverhampton before an injury adjourned his season last year but is now fully recovered and keen to pick up from where he left off. Finally, at reserve are two riders who know what it feels like to win races at the JRS Stadium. At number seven is Nick Morris, a potential match winner who rides the track as well as any visitor and Morten Risager, who was in the Ipswich team that won the Premier League Fours’ in 2011 at Leicester.

“The format of the meeting will move away from the traditional fifteen heats. Instead, the two eight man teams will race over fourteen heats and there will be more scope for the team managers to try to gain an advantage. Whoever wins the toss of the coin, that team will have choice of gate positions on the start-line in the first heat but then the gate positions will alternate for every subsequent race thereafter. In addition, there are no fixed gate positions so tactics should come into play for the team managers who will have the opportunity to decide where best to deploy their riders on the start-line. For example they may decide that a certain rider favours an outside grid whereas his partner may prefer to ride the inner lines so that may be how the team managers position their pairings for a particular race” explained the Lions Press Officer, Alan Jones.

Supporters heading for the meeting on Sunday will be given the opportunity to have their photo taken with World Champion Tai Woffinden.

Tai is making himself available between 12.00 noon and 1.00 pm on Sunday inside the stadium, and anyone who wants to be photographed with him will be able to, for a contribution to the Benevolent Fund.

After the main international team event, each rider will compete for the Ben Fund Bonanza Trophy. The four heat winners from the qualifying races will meet in a Grand Final and immediately afterwards the sixteen race jackets worn by the riders will be auctioned off in front of the two home straight stands and the money raised will go to the Speedway Riders’ Benevolent Fund.

The meeting starts at 2.00 pm and the stadium ticket office will be open at 12 noon on the day. Normal Leicester Speedway admission prices apply for this meeting with the exception of the family ticket which will not be available for this event.

Diary Date Additions and Amendments

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The one remaining fixture in the National Trophy competition has now been agreed. The Leicester Lion Cubs will visit Kent on Monday 9th June with a start-time of 6.30 pm.

There are fixture date amendments for the senior team who will now race against Eastbourne and Poole on the following dates.

The visit of Eastbourne to Leicester on Thursday 15th May has now been moved to a new date of Saturday 26th April. The Poole Pirates, who were scheduled to race at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium on Thursday 24th April, will now race against the Lions on Bank Holiday Monday 26th May with a start-time of 3.00 pm.

There is also a change to the original fixture at Poole. The Rapid Solicitors Lions, who were due in Dorset on Wednesday 11th June, will now race at Wimborne Road a week later on 18th June.

RoW Team Released

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

There’s a change in the British line-up to race against the Rest of the World in the Ben Fund Bonanza at Leicester on Sunday 9th March (2.00 pm).

Lewis Bridger has had to withdraw and his place will be taken by Redcar’s new recruit Richard Lawson, making his first Bonanza appearance.

Great Britain boss Alun Rossiter said “Lewis got in touch to advise me that he couldn’t guarantee having all of his equipment in place in time for the meeting, and he didn’t want to go into it in a half-hearted fashion.

“I appreciate his honesty with that, and I’ve therefore called up Richard who is a rider who was always in my thoughts.

“I already know what several of the more experienced senior riders are capable of but it’s also important that I start looking at those who have been making good progress recently, and this will be a good test for Richard to see how he adapts at this level.”

The Rapid Solicitors Lions will be represented by Patrick Hougaard who joins two of his fellow countrymen, Bjarne Pedersen and Morten Risager in the Rest of the World team which includes the Swindon rider Nick Morris who is always good for double figures at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium.

“The event is in its sixth year and is in aid of riders who have had spells out of the sport after suffering an injury whilst racing for British based teams or for those whose careers have been cut short due to life changing injuries. The Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund reaches out to so many people and exists solely for this purpose and therefore we sincerely hope that we will see a big turn-out of speedway fans to support such a worthy cause” commented the Lions Press Officer, Alan Jones.

All proceeds raised will go to the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund and the stadium ticket office will be open from 12.00 noon on the day. Normal Leicester Speedway admission prices apply for this meeting with the exception of the family ticket which will not be available for this event.

REST OF THE WORLD

The Rest of the World side which presents Rosco’s English lineup with its first test will be: Bjarne Pedersen (Eastbourne & Denmark), Josh Grajczonek (Poole, Workington and Australia), Adam Skornicki (Birmingham & Poland), Cameron Woodward (Eastbourne & Australia), Ty Proctor (Somerset, Wolverhampton and Australia), Patrick Hougaard (Leicester & Denmark), Nick Morris (Swindon & Australia) and Morten Risager (Ipswich & Denmark). Managing the Rest of the World will be Garry Stead.

FUNDRAISER

Lakeside supporter Anthony Warren will be doing his bit for the Ben Fund, because he is running the London Marathon on 12th April. He says “I will be running on behalf of the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund. I have a lot of respect and admiration for speedway riders and what they put themselves through week in, week out. After the loss of Lee Richardson last year and the terrible injuries sustained by Ricky Ashworth earlier this year, it brought home how important the work of the SRBF is.

“The help and support they provide for speedway riders and their families is why I will endeavour to raise as much money as possible for this worthy cause. If you would like to contribute in any way, you can donate at www.srbf.co.uk  Any donation would be greatly appreciated.”

Lions stage pre-season friendly

Sunday, January 26th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Leicester are in the throes of arranging home and away pre-season challenge match fixtures against opponents to be confirmed later. “We did not want to go straight into racing in the Elite League with a new team without the riders getting at least one match under their belt. I am close to finalising the visiting team and I confirm that the match at Leicester will take place on Saturday 22nd March” stated the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.

The Leicester promotion has agreed two fixtures changes with the Lions now travelling to Wolverhampton on Monday 2nd June instead of 9th June and the away trip to Belle Vue has been moved from 23rd June to 8th September.

Junior event at Leicester

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 | Fixtures, News

Leicester will stage Round 2 of the British Youth Championship series on Saturday 17th May with a start time of 6.30 pm.

It will be the third occasion that the event has been held at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium and Co-promoter Alan Jones had this to say: “This is a worthwhile competition for aspiring British youngsters to engage in. Phil Morris and Neil Vatcher, who are the GB Under-21 Managers, co-ordinate the series and they are so passionate and committed to the development of riders for the future that you cannot help being pulled along by their enthusiasm and we are only too delighted to offer our support again. I am pleased to say that this fixture is an additional meeting and will be included in the current season ticket offer.”

The British Youth Championship is considered to be a stepping stone into league racing and recent evidence of that is the progress made by Danny Phillips, Jack Kingston, Nathan Greaves and Nathan Stoneman who have all passed through the competition and are now competing at a higher level along with Max Clegg who will be riding in the Elite League this year with Leicester.

Meanwhile, the club will hold a Preview Day on Saturday 15th March at the stadium with a start time of 1.00 pm. The first hour has been set aside for media interviews and photographs followed by a practice session for the team at 2.00 pm. “The stadium will be open at 1.00 pm and everyone is welcome to attend. We plan to have a question and answer session afterwards with the riders and promotional team” added Jones.

2014 Fixtures now out

Friday, January 17th, 2014 | Fixtures, News

The Lions begin their first season in the Elite League on Saturday 29th March with the visit of Wolverhampton who will be led by the new World Champion Tai Woffinden. Full details of the season’s fixtures can be found on the fixtures page.

Leicester to stage an FIM Meeting

Monday, November 25th, 2013 | Fixtures, News

Leicester have been allocated a World Under-21 Qualifier next season. The event will take place on Saturday 10th May at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium.

“This is another step forward for the club and to receive an FIM event in what will be only our fourth season is an honour indeed for Leicester and all the staff who help run the club” commented the Lions Co-promoter, Alan Jones.

Leicester Speedway gained their FIM licence following the successful staging of the British round of the World Flat-track Cup, Gold Trophy Championship in June.

World Champion at Leicester

Friday, October 25th, 2013 | Announcement, Fixtures, News

Tai Woffinden, the newly crowned World Speedway Champion will be at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium for a promotional photo shoot on Saturday 26th October at 12.00 noon. Tai, who rides for the Wolverhampton Wolves, battled against injury to win the title and his achievement marked the first occasion that a British rider has scaled such heights since Mark Loram won the title thirteen years ago. The Stadium will be open for anyone wishing to see the event so why not pop into the bar for a lunch-time drink to catch up with all the speedway news.

The teams for the Four Team Tournament later in the day have now been finalised and it will be the last chance to watch a speedway meeting at Leicester this season. The line-up includes a blend of experience, some familiar faces and a dash of stars in the making. Team GB World Cup member Ben Barker will lead the League Select side along with the Pride of the Midlands Champion, Richard Lawson. Richie Worrall, winner of the Freestyle Show at Leicester, forms a twin brother spearhead with Steve for King’s Lynn and representing Sheffield are the Compton brothers, Andre and Benji along with Josh Auty who helped Birmingham to a place in the final of the Elite League play-offs. Leicester are served by Kevin Doolan and Jan Graversen and the side is completed by Chris Widman and Tom Perry, the pair fresh from helping the Isle of Wight reach the Cup Final after their well- deserved win at Mildenhall last night.

Teams

Leicester: Kevin Doolan, Jan Graversen, Chris Widman and Tom Perry

Sheffield: Josh Auty, Andre Compton, Benji Compton and Damien Koppe

King’s Lynn: Richie Worrall, Darren Mallett, Steve Worrall and Lewis Rose

League Select: Ben Barker, Richard Lawson, Shane Waldron and Max Clegg

Grand Fours’ Challenge

Thursday, October 24th, 2013 | Fixtures, News

On Saturday the speedway season comes to a close at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium when Leicester race against Sheffield, King’s Lynn and a Premier League Select in a Four Team Tournament. Kevin Doolan and Jan Graversen will be in the Lions team along with Chris Widman who lives in Leicestershire and rides for the Isle of Wight. The Premier League Select are fielding two of the top riders in Ben Barker and Richie Worrall and Sheffield are represented by Josh Auty and the Compton brothers, Andre and Benji. King’s Lynn, the National League play-off finalists are the fourth club and they have called upon Richard Lawson, the Pride of the Midlands winner at Leicester earlier this season, to front their challenge along with Tom Perry and Steve Worrall.

The Lions Co-promoter Alan Jones said: “It has been an incredible few days in trying to assemble four teams of similar strength and we are in the process of putting the final touches together in order to make an attractive line-up for fans. As we are in the last few days of the official closure of the season, riders have gone back home, have mothballed their equipment or attending the many club dinner and dances that are happening up and down the country this weekend. Nevertheless, there will be a number of top entertainers on show on Saturday.”

Confirmation of the full team line-ups will follow once completed and the meeting will start at the usual time of 7.30 pm. The senior event will be followed by a Midlands Development League fixture between the Long Eaton Invaders and King’s Lynn.

World Class Line-up for Re-staging of EMB

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 | Fixtures, News

Last weekend’s postponed East Midlands Bowl fixture against the Coventry Bees at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium will now take place on Sunday with a start-time of 6.00 pm.

Alan Jones the Co-promoter of the Leicester Lions said: “It was a disappointment to lose the original meeting to the weather as there is a great deal of preparation that goes on behind the scenes in terms of organisation for both clubs. There are so many aspects to consider when a new date has to be found; not least of all whether the riders are available and added to this is staffing an event at such short notice. Thankfully it all fell into place and Coventry were as keen as us to stage the event and we are pleased that they agreed to return on Sunday. It is a rarity to see such an array of world-class talent on show at a Premier League track and the two teams assembled are brimming with exceptional ability so this has all the prospects of a classic meeting and one not to be missed.”

The East Midlands Bowl dates back to the early post-war days at the old Blackbird Road Stadium and it was the traditional season curtain raiser between Leicester and Coventry. Such was the popularity of the event that it continued in the last era of the Lions. “There is nothing like a local derby to whet the appetite of fans and the history between the two clubs made it one of the oldest local derbies in speedway and the vibrancy between both sets of supporters ensured that the meetings attained legendary status” added Jones.

The Coventry Bees Select have confirmed an unchanged line-up and have named a powerful group of riders in Scott Nicholls, the seven times British Champion, Niels-Kristian Iversen who came third in the season long Grand Prix series and the Polish Speedway World Cup Under-21 double gold medallist Grzegorz Zengota. The Leicester Select team make one change to the original line-up, bringing in Nick Morris for the unavailable Lasse Bjerre. The Australian is an ideal replacement as he rides the Leicester track as well as any visitor and will form the opening partnership with Kenneth Bjerre. Joining Bjerre at the head of the team is the Polish International and a rider of high repute, Krzysztof Kasprzak and Hans Andersen who led Swindon to a place in the Elite League play-off semi-finals earlier this month.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Kenneth Bjerre, 2. Nick Morris, 3. Krzysztof Kasprzak, 4. Kenneth Hansen, 5. Hans Andersen, 6. Kevin Doolan (captain) and 7. Jan Graversen

Coventry: 1. Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2. Scott Nicholls (captain), 3. Grzegorz Zengota, 4. Ryan Fisher, 5. Ben Barker, 6. Aaron Summers and 7. James Sarjeant

The second leg of the East Midlands Bowl takes place at Brandon on Friday 25th October.

Iversen to ride in East Midlands Bowl

Saturday, October 12th, 2013 | Fixtures, News

Coventry have bolstered their line-up for Sunday’s East Midlands Bowl by bringing in World No.3 Niels-Kristian Iversen to face Leicester.

The sides meet at Brandon at midday before a 6.00 pm clash at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium, and the Lions have strengthened with Elite League heat-leaders Kenneth Bjerre, Hans Andersen and Krzysztof Kasprzak.

Coventry promoter Mick Horton said: “I want to win these meetings, I’m sure our fans want to as well, and I want us to show Leicester it can be tough in the Elite League!

“They’ve shown plenty of ambition with the team line-up they’ve put together and I’m delighted to bring in another World-class rider in Niels which can only add to the entertainment in both meetings.”

“The two teams are brimming with talent and it is such an interesting line-up that there should be no end of season feel about the two fixtures. Both teams have two riders each who will represent their club in the Elite League Riders’ Championship at Swindon next weekend so you can begin to get a feel of the quality on show and with admission prices held at Premier League level fans are guaranteed value for money in both fixtures” added the Lions Co-promoter Alan Jones

Cubs in Vase Final on Super Sunday

Thursday, October 10th, 2013 | Fixtures, News

After the much awaited local derby fixture against the Coventry Bees on Sunday at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium for the East Midlands Bowl Leicester’s junior team, the Lion Cubs face the Milton Keynes Knights in the final of the Midland Development League Vase competition. Riding for the visitors is Shaun Tedham who won the League Riders’ Individual Championship at Leicester last month and for the Cubs, third placed James Shanes rides at number 3 for the home team.

“The day promises to be terrific entertainment for fans with such an array of talent on show at Leicester. There are only two riders, one from each side who have never ridden regularly in the Elite League so you can begin to appreciate the quality of the event. The history behind Leicester and Coventry is immense and dates back to the early days of the sport and I am sure that we are in for a night to remember. The Vase Final after the East Midlands Bowl will in my opinion be another interesting contest and a great way to round off the evening by watching some of the future stars of British Speedway” commented the Lions Co-promoter Alan Jones.

Normal admission prices apply for Sunday’s second leg of the East Midlands Bowl at Leicester and the meeting starts at 6.00 pm.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Kenneth Bjerre, 2. Lasse Bjerre, 3. Krzysztof Kasprzak, 4. Kenneth Hansen, 5. Hans Andersen, 6. Kevin Doolan and 7. Jan Graversen

Coventry: 1. Scott Nicholls, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Grzegorz Zengota, 4. Ryan Fisher, 5. Ben Barker, 6. Rohan Tungate and 7. James Sarjeant

Super Sunday Line-Up

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 | Fixtures, News

Derby fever comes to Leicester on Sunday with the visit of Coventry to the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium when the Lions take on the Bees in the second leg of the East Midlands Bowl. It is thirty years since the two clubs last met and the history between the teams made it one of the oldest local derbies in speedway and the vibrancy between both sets of supporters ensured that the meetings attained legendary status.

Alan Jones the Lions Co-promoter said: “This is the one everyone has been waiting for and has been top of Lions fans wish list of teams to see racing here at Leicester since we opened in 2011. The Coventry Bees are one of the cornerstone clubs in British Speedway and the two meetings on Sunday should be a gala day for both sets of fans. We have had to reinforce the Leicester team to ensure that as far as possible it will be an evenly balanced competition and hope that fans of both clubs will give their support to the event.”

Leicester have named an opening pairing of the Bjerre brothers, Lasse who rides for the Lions, and his older brother Kenneth, the Peterborough Panthers number one. Joining Kenneth at the head of the team is Hans Andersen a high performer at Swindon along with one of Poland’s top stars, the World Cup winner and Grand Prix rider Krzysztof Kasprzak. Leicester’s Kevin Doolan captains the side in the absence of the injured Kauko Nieminen and he is paired with Jan Graversen the longest serving member of the Leicester team having been at the club since it opened. The side is completed by Kenneth Hansen who last rode in the UK for Peterborough.

Coventry will be led out by Scott Nicholls, a seven times British Champion and a multi-capped World Cup and Team GB International rider who will be paired with Aaron Summers. Nicholls will be looking to Grzegorz Zengota, Ryan Fisher and Ben Barker for support for the bulk of the points. Zengota, a double Under-21 World Cup gold medal winner for Poland, is in his first year at Coventry. Fisher and Barker are club assets out on loan and are exciting riders to watch. At reserve the Bees have Rohan Tungate who has had a successful second year racing in the UK. The Australian has helped his Premier League club the Ipswich Witches to reach the League Cup Final and in the top tier of racing Rohan rides for Poole one of the Elite League Play-off Finalists. Tungate is joined by James Sarjeant who rides for Coventry’s National League team and was contracted to Leicester earlier this season.

“The club is aspiring to compete at the highest level of British Speedway in the not too distant future and our line-up is designed to give fans a flavour of watching a team of Elite League regular performers. Six of the team currently ride or have ridden at the highest level and so Sunday provides an opportunity for fans to watch a higher level of racing” added Jones.

Teams for both fixtures:

Leicester: 1. Kenneth Bjerre, 2. Lasse Bjerre, 3. Krzysztof Kasprzak, 4. Kenneth Hansen, 5. Hans Andersen, 6. Kevin Doolan and 7. Jan Graversen

Coventry: 1. Scott Nicholls, 2. Aaron Summers, 3. Grzegorz Zengota, 4. Ryan Fisher, 5. Ben Barker, 6. Rohan Tungate and 7. James Sarjeant

The first leg of the East Midlands Bowl takes place at noon at Coventry with the return later that day at Leicester when the first race begins at 6.00 pm.

Lions team for Belle Vue

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 | Fixtures, News

The Harry Jordan Leicester Lions make one change to the team that lost at home on Sunday for the return fixture at Belle Vue on Wednesday 9th October with Richard Lawson taking the place of Ashley Morris at number seven in the side. The meeting in Manchester starts at 8.00 pm.

Teams

Belle Vue Select:

1. Craig Cook, 2. Dakota North, 3. Ulrich Ostergaard, 4. Thomas Jorgensen, 5. Richie Worrall 6. Max Fricke and 7. Ryan Douglas

Leicester Select:

1. Magnus Karlsson, 2. Jan Graversen, 3. Ryan Fisher, 4. Ricky Wells, 5. Kevin Doolan, 6. Alex Edberg and 7. Richard Lawson

Super Sunday!

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 | Fixtures, News

Fans are in for a treat on Super Sunday 13th October when the Leicester Lions lock horns with the Coventry Bees for the East Midlands Bowl. The day starts with the first leg at Brandon at 12.00 noon with the return fixture set for a 6.00 pm start at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium.

Normal admission prices will apply for the home meeting and the fixture will also be valid for season ticket holders.

This is the one everyone has been waiting for and is top of Lions fans wish list of teams to see racing here at Leicester. It nearly happened in March only for heavy rain to ruin a mouth-watering opening meeting and there is no other fixture that generates so much interest, talking points or healthy banter than the coming together of these two long-standing East Midlands clubs. The Bees are one of the cornerstone clubs of British Speedway with a long history and a bulging list of major title successes over the years.

The Lions are already planning ahead to track a competitive side with club asset Sergey Darkin making a return to the team along with one of the top names in World Speedway, the Grand Prix rider and Polish International Krzysztof Kasprzak who will be making a guest appearance for Leicester.

Can the Lions surprise their near neighbours with a win in the East Midlands Bowl or will the Bees have too much sting in their tail?

Lions back on track

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 | Fixtures, News

After a break of five weeks without a team fixture the Harry Jordan Haulage Lions are back on track on Sunday when they face the Belle Vue Aces in an Inter-League Challenge fixture at home with the meeting starting at the earlier time of 5.00 pm.

The Elite League club are team managed by Jason Attwood who will lead his side out for the first time against his former club and has named Craig Cook, the current Leicester track holder and Aces captain, at number one in the side. With the Aces overseas contingent not available, Belle Vue will bring with them an attractive side that will test the home team. At the head of the Aces alongside Cook will be Richard Lawson who won the Pride of the Midlands meeting at Leicester in July and Rene Bach his teammate at Workington. In the middle is Jozsef Tabaka and Thomas Jorgensen and at reserve is the ‘flying’ Ryan Douglas whose scores as a guest for Leicester at Redcar and home to Berwick were influential in helping Leicester win both matches. Steve Worrall occupies the other reserve position in Belle Vue’s team.

The Lions are now almost back to full strength following a spate of injuries that plagued their run-in towards a place in the Premier League play-offs; just missing out on qualifying by an inferior points scored for and against differential. Kauko Nieminen, who underwent an operation last month on his shoulder which he injured during Leicester’s home meeting against Rye House in August, is convalescing back home in Finland so Leicester have booked the Peterborough rider Ryan Fisher as a guest replacement for their captain and he will partner Lasse Bjerre in the team.

“The lack of fixtures during September has been a frustration and this is certainly one aspect which I want to see avoided in the future. We did not want to end the season so early so we have been working hard in the background to bring new clubs to Leicester this month. Some of the talks have gone nowhere but we are pleased that Belle Vue’s promoter Chris Morton agreed that his club would come to race the Lions in a challenge match. Belle Vue are one of the cornerstone clubs in British Speedway and a symbol of success having won almost every competition going and are known the world over” commented the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.

The fixture brings together the two clubs for what will be the first time they have faced one another since the Aces were the last team to race at the old Blackbird Road Stadium in October 1983, almost thirty years to the day!

The return fixture will take place at Belle Vue on Wednesday 9th October with the first race at 8.00 pm.

Teams

Leicester: 1. Magnus Karlsson, 2, Jan Graversen, 3. Ryan Fisher, 4. Lasse Bjerre, 5. Kevin Doolan (captain), 6. Alex Edberg and 7. Simon Nielsen

Belle Vue: 1. Craig Cook (captain), 2. Jozsef Tabaka, 3. Richard Lawson, 4. Thomas Jorgensen, 5. Rene Bach, 6. Ryan Douglas and 7. Steve Worrall

Fixtures Change

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 | Fixtures, News

The Harry Jordan Haulage Lions fixture against the Belle Vue Aces has now been moved to Sunday 6th October with a start time of 5.00 pm.

On Wednesday 9th October the Lions will travel to Manchester for the return fixture against the Aces with a start time of 8.00 pm.

MDL Final Line-up

Monday, September 23rd, 2013 | Fixtures, News

For a second successive year the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium is set to stage the Midland Development League Riders’ Championship Final on Saturday. Sixteen riders will compete against one another over twenty heats with the top eight scorers progressing through to the semi-finals. The top two riders from each of the seven league clubs will be vying with one another for the title and also included are two ‘wild card’ entries; Lee Springthorpe, who is representing the Leicester Lion Cubs, received an invitation on the back of winning the inaugural MDL Grand Prix series last month and Danny Phillips who was crowned Champion of the Northern Junior League Individual Championship.

Two of the most famous names in British Speedway, Peter and Les Collins, are guests of honour at the event.  There was virtually no major title that escaped Peter during the course of a glittering career that began as a sixteen year old at Rochdale in 1971 and ended in 1986 at Belle Vue. In between ‘PC’ won three British League Championship titles and also the same number of Knock-out Cup Final successes with the Aces. A multi-gold medal winner in the World Cup for his country and first place in the 1976 World Final was the pinnacle of a stunning record.

Four years after Peter made his debut for Rochdale, his younger brother Les entered the sport at Crewe and after stop-offs at Stoke and Belle Vue he signed for Leicester for a fee that broke the club transfer record paid for a rider. Les made a total of 227 appearances for the Lions, scoring 2223 total points in all competitions making him the fourth highest rider in the club’s list of all-time points’ scorers. Les came close to equalling the exploits of Peter but had to settle for second place in the 1982 World Final at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

“Having Peter and Les present on such an occasion as this adds a great deal of prestige to the MDL Championship Final. Without doubt the two brothers are highly respected people in World Speedway and role models for aspiring novices who are setting their sights on becoming a speedway rider. Both Peter and Les will be on hand for photo opportunities during the course of the evening for a small charge of one pound ‘per click’ and the proceeds will be shared between two worthy causes, the Speedway Riders’ Benevolent Fund and the Ricky Ashworth Fund” outlined the MDL Co-ordinator, Laurence Rogers.

During the course of the evening Les and his son Aidan Collins will ride in two demonstration races mounted on a prototype Formula2 450cc speedway bike and in addition to the main event there will be a further three heats featuring four stars of the future, two of whom are the Thompson twins, Joe and Dan who are the Leicester Lions mascots.

Line-up:

1 Josh Bailey (King’s Lynn Lightning)
2 Shaun Tedham (Stoke Spitfires)
3 Connor Mountain (King’s Lynn Lightning)
4 James Shanes (Coventry Mercia-Vikings)
5 Jeremy Pestell (Long Eaton Invaders)
6 Ryan Terry-Daley (Coventry Mercia-Vikings)
7 David Holt (Belle Vue Colts)
8 Lee Springthorpe (Leicester Lion Cubs)
9 Lee Payne (Stoke Spitfires)
10 Nathan Greaves (Castleford Kings)
11 Max Clegg (Belle Vue Colts)
12 Danny Phillips (Redcar Bear Cubs)
13 Danno Verge (Milton Keynes Knights)
14 Liam Rumsey (Castleford Kings)
15 Conor Dwyer (Milton Keynes Knights)
16 Lee Geary (Long Eaton Invaders)

Meeting Reserves:

Adam Portwood (Long Eaton Invaders)
Sam Ward (Stoke Spitfires)

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