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.
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 were shocked by the news that Lewis Bridger, who had just joined the club the previous week had gone back into retirement after just one appearance. “Utter disbelief is the only way I can describe the way I felt yesterday. As a club we had gone that extra mile to pave the way for Lewis to return to the sport with equipment and practice facilities all placed at his disposal. We realised that it would take him a meeting or two to get race fit but never expected this to happen. It is such a shame that such a talented British rider is lost to the sport again and no doubt there was a great deal of soul searching that Lewis went through to arrive at his decision and we wish him well in whatever he decides to do in the future” explained the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.
The news was received on the afternoon of Leicester’s important Elite League fixture at home to the Poole Pirates yesterday and it left the club frantically searching for a replacement. “We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Somerset and Josh Grajczonek for stepping in at the eleventh hour” added Hemsley.
Against the current Elite League Champions the Lions gave a good account of themselves to keep the score-line respectable and went into the final heat with the chance of winning the match but Maciej Janowski completed a perfect fifteen point maximum to thwart Leicester’s hopes of a shock result.
Leicester 43: Jason Doyle 14, Grzegorz Zengota 6+1, Josh Grajczonek 6+1, Szymon Wozniak 10+1, Bjarne Pedersen (rider replacement), Charles Wright 6 and Simon Lambert 1
Poole 47: Davey Watt 5+1, Kacper Gomolski 5, Dakota North 6, Chris Holder 3+1, Maciej Janowski 15, Paul Starke 7 and Kyle Newman 6+2
Jason Doyle was competing in Round 3 of the Speedway Grand Prix at the Marketa Stadium in the Czech Republic last night. The Leicester rider began the meeting joint fourth on the leader-board after two rounds but he lost a certain point in his opening heat when he fell whilst holding third place. Doyle’s next outing proved more fruitful for him as he opened his account with two points after moving up the field from last place and he won his third race but then when his front wheel lifted in his fourth heat it cost the Lions captain additional points. Whilst he gained a second place in his final heat the earlier setbacks proved costly for Doyle because it meant that he missed out on a place in the semi-final and he had to settle for seven points from the qualifying section of the event.
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