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Fixture Change

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

Lions v Stars Match Preview

Friday, April 22nd, 2016 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Stars v Lions Match Preview

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Special Pricing for Robins Visit

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Lions v Aces Match Preview

Thursday, April 7th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Aces v Lions Match Preview

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Lions v Hammers Match Preview

Friday, April 1st, 2016 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Hammers v Lions Match Preview

Thursday, March 31st, 2016 | Fixtures, News

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

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

Teams

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

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

Lions v Bees Match Preview

Friday, March 25th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

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

Teams

Leicester

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

Coventry

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

Bees v Lions Match Preview

Thursday, March 24th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

Teams for Friday:

Coventry:

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

Leicester:

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

Tiger v Lions Match Preview

Monday, March 21st, 2016 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Lions v Tigers Match Preview

Thursday, March 17th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Fixture Change

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 | Fixtures, News

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

Riders’ Final for Leicester

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

Sheffield to open the season

Friday, January 15th, 2016 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

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

SGP Concludes in Melbourne

Friday, October 23rd, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

Current Standings (top eight riders after eleven rounds)

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

Photograph courtesy of Dave Fairbrother

SGP Round 11 – Poland

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

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

Current Standings (top eight riders after ten rounds)

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

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

Round 10 Grand Prix

Saturday, September 26th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

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

Current Standings (top eight riders after nine rounds)

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

Grand Prix Round 9

Friday, September 11th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

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

Current Standings (top eight after eight rounds)

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

Wolverhampton v Leicester Preview

Monday, September 7th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

Teams

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

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

Coventry v Leicester Preview

Friday, September 4th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Leicester v Poole Preview

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

King’s Lynn v Leicester Preview

Monday, August 31st, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

Teams

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

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

Leicester v Poole Preview

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Belle Vue v Leicester Preview

Saturday, August 29th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Grand Prix Round 8

Friday, August 28th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

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

Swindon v Leicester Preview

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

Teams

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

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

Fixture Update

Monday, August 24th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

King’s Lynn v Leicester Preview

Monday, August 24th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

Teams

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

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

Leicester v Wolverhampton Preview

Thursday, August 20th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Fixture Update

Thursday, August 20th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

Belle Vue v Leicester Preview

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Wolverhampton v Leicester Preview

Sunday, August 16th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Team Update

Saturday, August 15th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

Leicester v King’s Lynn Preview

Friday, August 14th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

King’s Lynn and Coventry Away Previews

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

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

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

Teams

Coventry

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

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

Lions Fixtures Update

Sunday, August 9th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

GP moves to Denmark

Friday, August 7th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

Current standings (top eight after six rounds):

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

Poole v Leicester Preview

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

Teams

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

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

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

Leicester v Lakeside Preview

Thursday, July 30th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

King’s Lynn v Leicester Preview

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

Teams

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

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

Fixture Update

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

Fixture Update

Friday, July 17th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

Belle Vue v Leicester Preview

Sunday, July 12th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

Teams

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

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

Leicester v Swindon Preview

Thursday, July 9th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Wolverhampton v Leicester Preview

Sunday, July 5th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

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

Leicester v Swindon Preview

Friday, June 26th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

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

Lakeside v Leicester Preview

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

Teams

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

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

Leicester v Belle Vue Preview

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Coventry v Leicester Preview

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

Teams

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

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

Future Stars on Show at Leicester

Thursday, June 4th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

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

Photograph by Mark Hall Photography

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

 

Lions on TV

Friday, May 29th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

Leicester v Wolverhampton Preview

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Poole v Leicester Preview

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

Teams:

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

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

Leicester v Poole Preview

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

The meeting gets underway at 7.30 pm.

Leicester v Coventry Preview

Thursday, May 7th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

King’s Lynn v Leicester Preview

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

Teams

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

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

Leicester v King’s Lynn Preview

Friday, May 1st, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Mikkel Returns

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

Teams

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

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

Fixture Update

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

Lions on TV

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

Belle Vue v Leicester Preview

Sunday, April 12th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

Teams

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

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

Leicester v Belle Vue Preview

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

Teams

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

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

Double Easter date with Coventry

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

Teams for Friday

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

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

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

Teams for Saturday

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

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

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

Lakeside v Leicester Preview

Thursday, March 26th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Coventry v Leicester Preview

Thursday, March 19th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Saturday 28th March v Swindon

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

East Midlands Bowl Preview

Friday, March 13th, 2015 | Fixtures, News

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

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

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

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

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

Teams

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

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

Photograph by Mark Hall Photography

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

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