Mission Accomplished, Despite Delay

Belle Vue fought hard for a consolation point in their 37-35 defeat at Poole on Thursday night, but curfew restrictions saw the meeting called after Heat 12 following an earlier accident. 

The Rentruck Aces came on strongly throughout the evening and looked to have left their previous two losses well and truly in their tyre tracks, squaring things at 24 apiece after eight races.

But a nasty crash involving Richie Worrall and Nico Covatti saw proceedings grind to a halt as both riders received medical attention and were subsequently transferred to the local hospital.

Racing resumed after a 90-minute delay, with the Pirates taking a slight lead over the visitors with a 4-2 in Heat 9 but they were unable to extend that lead any further before the clock struck curfew.

Dimitri Bergé was lucky to escape injury after a dramatic Heat 8 crash between the two Pirates riders

Dimitri Bergé was lucky to escape injury after a dramatic Heat 8 crash between the two Pirates riders

It was not the way the Rentruck Aces were hoping to start their comeback trail, as team boss Mark Lemon said: “It wasn’t the ideal way to end the meeting. No one likes to see any riders get injured.

“Dimitri [Bergé] was very lucky not to be another casualty of that heat. He thankfully escaped injury and we of course send our best wishes to Richie Worrall and Nico Covatti for a speedy recovery.

“It was a shame because it was developing into an excellent meeting, and the one thing we can look at in a favourable light is the fact that we achieved our first aim and that was to get at least a point. 

“It was a step in the right direction for us and just the response I wanted to get from the boys after the last two meetings. Now we need to keep chipping away to cement our place in the top four.”

The Rentruck Aces meet Poole once more in Manchester on Monday, July 1 at the National Speedway Stadium where they hope to make a marked improvement on their last clash in the north.

Tickets are available at the stadium box office on race night, with each purchase including a £5 off voucher for any future league meeting of choice, or online at www.bellevue-speedway.com.

RESULT – POOLE V BELLE VUE – THURSDAY, JUNE 27

Poole ‘No.1 Carpet Cleaning Pirates 37:Josh Grajczonek 8, Nicolai Klindt 6+1, Richie Worrall 6, Brady Kurtz 6, Jack Holder 5+2, Paul Starke 3+1, Nico Covatti 3 

Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces 35:Dan Bewley 8+2, Max Fricke 8, Scott Nicholls 7, Steve Worrall 4+1, Ricky Wells 4, Dimitri Berge 3, Jaimon Lidsey 1

Premiership Points: Poole 3 Belle Vue 1