Boss Praises Tenacious Effort

A fierce comeback in the late stages of the meeting saw the Belle Vue Aces complete a very productive Bank Holiday Monday against Leicester, despite going down 47-43 at Beaumont Park.

With Craig Cook out due to fatigue, the Rentruck Aces operated the rider replacement facility at No.1 but it was a completely different kettle of fish to their earlier 62-28 victory in Manchester.

The Watling JCB Lions were determined to bounce back from such a battering and quickly repaid the visitors with a succession of harsh blows that put them 12 points down after five heats.

But the Rentruck Aces were equally fast to respond to the treatment by gradually chipping away at the home team’s sizeable advantage to bring the scores to within 8 points with one to go.

It meant a 4-2 was the minimum requirement in Heat 15 if the Mancunians hoped to take at least a Premiership point for their trouble, and the task fell to Rohan Tungate and Dan Bewley.

But the Belle Vue pair went one better and served up a vital 5-1 to close the meeting at 47-43, with team boss Mark Lemon remarking: “Their resilience and determination were second to none.

“It’s tough for the boys to be doing two meetings in one day. It’s physically and mentally demanding, and to see them keeping a clear head from start to finish was very impressive.

“Things were going against us initially and we were disappointed with how we started but as always their attitude was to never give up and in the end it was a consolation point well deserved.

“The reserves found it tough but this is a track neither of them have seen before and with Craig Cook out it put extra pressure on the nucleus of the team, but their response to that was spot on.”

International speedway return to Manchester on Tuesday, June 5 when the inaugural Speedway of Nations arrives at the National Speedway Stadium for the hotly-anticipated Race Off 2.

Featuring Tai Woffinden and Craig Cook for Great Britain, the top three qualifiers go through to the final in Wroclaw, Poland where they will compete for the honour of being called best in the world.

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Leicester ‘Watling JCB’ Lions 47: Hans Andersen 10, Todd Kurtz 8+3, Krystian Pieszczek 8+2, Kenneth Bjerre 8+1, Danny King 8, James Sarjeant 3+2, Kyle Newman 2+1.

Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces 43: Rohan Tungate 13+1, Max Fricke 12, Dan Bewley 11+1, Erik Riss 5, Jye Etheridge 1, Damian Drozdz 1, Craig Cook R/R

Premiership Points: Leicester 3 Belle Vue 1