Belle Vue were left to wonder what could’ve been after just falling short 44-46 to Poole, as the Pirates romped to victory at the National Speedway Stadium and claimed three league points.
The Rentruck Aces started strongly with the Aussie duo of Max Fricke and Jaimon Lidsey bringing the early advantage to the home team, but their good fortune did not last as long as they wanted.
The Pirates paring of Josh Grajczonek and Nicolai Klindt were almost unstoppable in Manchester, bringing the first of many 5-1s to the visitors in Heat 3 and putting them ahead indefinitely.
It left Belle Vue playing catch up for much of the night, but they refused to back down and managed one last gasp of redemption in Heat 15 with a 5-1 from Fricke and Bjerre to narrow the gap to 2.
The Rentruck Aces skipper top scored with 16 points for his side, but admits they were left frustrated at the result, saying: “There is no excuse for us to ever lose a meeting at home.
“Of course, we’re disappointed and that’s being polite. We’ve been doing so well on our own track, it’s pretty hard to stomach losing by two points when we know we should’ve come away with a win.
“The Pirates are a strong team and they have riders who like to ride our track. It seems to suit them, so we knew we’d be in for a challenge. But it doesn’t soften the blow as regards to the result.
“It’s another reality check for us, definitely. It’s a kick up the backside that we need to respond to so hopefully we can learn from this and come back stronger against Ipswich next week.”
The Rentruck Aces welcome the Ipswich Witches to the National Speedway Stadium on Monday, July 8 for more Premiership action in Manchester. Tapes up at 7:30pm.
Tickets are on sale at the stadium box office on race night, or online at www.bellevue-speedway.com.
RESULT – BELLE VUE V POOLE – MONDAY, JULY 1
Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces 44: Max Fricke 16, Kenneth Bjerre 9+1, Dimitri Berge 8+2, Jaimon Lidsey 5+2, Dan Bewley 5, Steve Worrall 1, Kyle Bickley 0
Poole ‘No.1 Carpet Cleaning’ Pirates 46: Josh Grajczonek 13+1, Jack Holder 10, Nicolai Klindt 8+1, Brady Kurtz 8, Jye Etheridge 4+2, Luke Becker 3+1, Richie Worrall R/R