The stakes are high for Belle Vue when they face the Ipswich Witches at the National Speedway Stadium on Monday, July 8 as the battle for the Premiership play offs enters its most crucial phase.
The Rentruck Aces are holding firm in third spot after a challenging night against Poole, with their incentive on Monday being to further secure their top four position with a sizeable victory at home.
They go into this meeting after a successful weekend for Max Fricke and Dan Bewley, with the former reaching the Swedish GP final and the latter qualifying for the European U21 Final in Ukraine.
And new signing Tero Aarnio will finally make his Manchester debut after missing last week’s meeting due to a minor hand injury following confirmation that he is now fit to race once again.
Team boss Mark Lemon said: “There can be no excuses this week. The boys have worked solidly so far this season and we know we need a big result on Monday to get us back on track.
“Ipswich pushed us very close last time we met and we can’t afford to let that happen again. There’s still a way to go to the play offs yet but every point is becoming more crucial by the day.
“But that’s not something I need to repeat to the guys. They know how important it is for us to be strong at home and after the result against Poole I hope to see a comprehensive performance.”
International competition returns to Manchester this Friday, July 12 when the FIM Team U21 World Championship Final comes to the National Speedway Stadium for the very first time.
Great Britain clash with Denmark, Poland and Australia in the battle for the championship crown. Tickets available at the sadium box office on race night, and online at www.bellevue-speedway.com.
BELLE VUE V IPSWICH – 7:30PM – MONDAY, JULY 8 [SGBP]
Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces:Max Fricke (C) 8.65, Jaimon Lidsey 4.70, Dan Bewley 6.83, Steve Worrall 6.42, Kenneth Bjerre 7.26, Dimitri Bergé 4.68, Tero Aarnio 4.55; TM: Mark Lemon
Ipswich ‘Tru Plant’ Witches:Chris Harris 6.95, Richard Lawson 6.89, Danny King (C) 6.51, Cameron Heeps 6.00, Krystian Pieszczek 5.71, Edward Kennett 5.71, Jake Allen 5.43; TM: Richie Hawkins