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.
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.
In front of a 40,000 plus crowd, which included a large contingent of Lions fans, it turned out to be a frustrating night for Jason Doyle who scored seven points from his four completed rides at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
The Lions Captain’s opening ride gained him two points and after fending off an early challenge by Krzysztof Kasprzak he challenged Nicki Pedersen for the lead before settling for second place. A solid enough start was then wrecked with an exclusion in his next appearance in what was developing into being an exciting four laps against Peter Kildemand. The pair had earlier overtaken Craig Cook and as they came around for the second lap Doyle made a move on the inside but in doing so he first of all made contact with Kildemand’s knee and then his front wheel causing the Dane to fall. The outcome was an exclusion which left him having to try and make up for a potential loss of three points from his remaining rides.
The task was made more difficult by the fact that Jason was programmed to start his next heat off the unproductive outside grid which had yet to produce a race winner and when the tapes rose he switched his line to the inner part of the track and in doing so clipped the back of Troy Batchelor’s machine. Keeping control of his bike, Jason moved up to third place where he had to settle for one point.
A further two points were added to his total after finishing second to Tai Woffinden in the fourteenth heat which left him needing three points from his final ride to give him a chance of a place in the semi-final. It was not to be as his World Cup teammate Chris Holder was quickly away and whilst Jason managed to get past Tomas H Jonasson he was unable to make up lost ground on the Poole rider.
Doyle has now accrued twenty-nine Grand Prix points from four rounds and remains in the top eight where just six points separate fourth position from eighth. The competition now moves to Daugavpils in Latvia on Saturday 18th July.
Grand Final Result in Cardiff: 1st Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2nd Chris Holder, 3rd Peter Kildemand and 4th Tai Woffinden
Leicester produced a classy performance in front of the Sky Sports cameras last night at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium. A 52-38 result against Swindon was the Lions third consecutive win at home and their sixth of the season.
Leicester 52 points: Jason Doyle 12, Sam Masters 7+2, Robert Lambert 6+2, Szymon Wozniak 7, Piotr Swiderski 7, Simon Lambert 5 and Carl Wilkinson 8+1
Swindon 38 points: Troy Batchelor 9, Kyle Howarth 3, Adrian Miedzinski 0, Grzegorz Zengota 11+1, Nick Morris 6+1, Charles Wright 8 and Lewis Rose 1+1
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