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.
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
It was a disappointing night for Jason Doyle who missed out on making the semi-finals. The Lions captain had collected a win and 3 thirds from four rides but was excluded from his final outing. Jason was last out of the gate but took a wide line around the first two corners and picking up extra speed he caught the leaders on the entry to bend three where he made his move. Taking an inside line his bike touched Nicki Pedersen’s front wheel causing him to fall which also brought Matej Zagar down as well. It was the end of his evening as six points left Jason down the field but despite a disappointing conclusion the Leicester number one remains in the top eight in the current standings.
Current standings 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
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.
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
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