Belle Vue boss Mark Lemon has vowed his team will return even stronger after a disappointing night at Poole where they went down 54-35 to a re-invigorated Volvo Cars Pirates outfit.
The Rentruck Aces started off already under-powered, with Jason Garrity injured and Rohan Tungate on duty in Denmark though Scott Nicholls was a powerful substitute for the latter.
The Pirates established a hefty 10-point lead after only four heats, but not before a spectacular crash in Heat 2 saw all four riders hit the deck; thankfully, none were any the worse for wear.
It was an advantage maintained until an exclusion for Kacper Woryna in Heat 9 offered a small reprieve to the Rentruck Aces, which came in handy after a tapes infringement for Craig Cook.
But that was a far as their luck would hold as mechanical gremlins and controversial exclusions plagued the closing stages of the meeting and ultimately proved costly to the visitors’ plans.
Mark Lemon said: “It was a very peculiar evening. We were the victims of some unusual incidents and decisions which strangely went against us. It’s far from what we wanted.
“I was confident we were at least in with a shout of a point. The boys will feel it, certainly Craig and Damien who had some nasty tumbles but that’s what happens when you give your all.
“We’re disappointed but it’s part and parcel of racing; results like this can and will happen.
“We fully expected Poole to be firing. They came into this off the back of a few losses, so they had a point to prove and went all-out to prove it, so we can’t take anything away from them.
“The shoe will be on the other foot come Monday. This defeat has only served to fire us up and I’m sure all the boys will be digging deep for a good home victory against Swindon.”
Premiership action resumes in Manchester on Monday July 9 against reigning champions Swindon before the Stoke Potters pay the Cool Running Colts a visit in the National League.
Tickets for both home fixtures are now available online at www.bellevueaces.co and at the stadium box office on race night.
RESULT - POOLE V BELLE VUE - WEDNESDAY JULY 4
Poole ‘Volvo Cars’ Pirates 54: Brady Kurtz 10+1, Nico Covatti (G) 9+1, Linus Sundstrom 9, Richie Worrall 8+1, Josh Grajczonek 8+1, Frederik Jakobsen 7+2, Kacper Woryna 3
Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces 35: Max Fricke 13, Scott Nicholls (G) 9, Craig Cook 6, Dan Bewley 4, Jye Etheridge 3, Damian Drozdz 0, Jason Garrity R/R.
Premiership Points: Poole 3 Belle Vue 0