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.
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
Lakeside began in the best possible way with maximum points following a machine failure when Jason Doyle retired but Leicester immediately pulled it back with a 5-1 through Simon Lambert and Josh Auty who both worked their way to the front over the course of the reserves race. Points where then shared in the next four races until ‘Doyley’ and Bjarne Pedersen gave the team the lead which was further increased in back-to back heats. First of all Lambert added another win to his total and with Szymon Wozniak executing an outside pass on Kim Nilsson off bend 4 in Heat 8 the Hammers were now behind by six points. Auty and Mikkel Michelsen, who was making his first appearance since breaking a foot in March, then gained an additional five points between them which further extended Leicester’s lead.
The visitors then handed the black and white to Hans Andersen in the tenth heat and he added a third win on the night but Bjarne and Nick Morris filled the minor positions to lessen the damage of double points against them. Another bike malfunction for Jason occurred in Heat 11 which gave Lakeside a lifeline as just three points now separated the two sides. A shared heat in the reserves race was followed by a vital 5-1 courtesy of Jason and Bjarne over the previously unbeaten Andersen and whilst the Hammers were still in with a chance of a bonus point that was extinguished by Jason and Szymon in the nominated race.
Leicester 51: Jason Doyle 8+1 points, Mikkel Michelsen 5+2, Nick Morris 6+3, Szymon Wozniak 10+1, Bjarne Pedersen 6, Josh Auty 9+1 and Simon Lambert 7+1
Lakeside 42: Hans Andersen 15, Kim Nilsson 3+1, Mikkel Bech 9+1, Edward Kennett 2+1, Richard Lawson 4+1, Adam Ellis 7 and Carl Wilkinson 2
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.
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
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