Elite League weekly round-up

BELLE VUE boss Chris Morton felt his side deserved more from a 59-36 defeat at Poole on Monday, completing a southern tour of three matches from which the Aces were unable to add to their Elite League total.

BELLE VUE boss Chris Morton felt his side deserved more from a 59-36 defeat at Poole on Monday, completing a southern tour of three matches from which the Aces were unable to add to their Elite League total.

Morton, speaking on Sky Sports, said: “I think we put up a reasonable fight. We’ve come along to learn what’s going on here, and clearly Poole are very strong at the moment.

“It went wrong in the final few heats, but our lads were fighting hard and I think we’ve learnt quite a bit. There’s a long way to go yet.”

COVENTRY manager Alun Rossiter was left to rue the Bees’ inconsistency from the start in their Bank Holiday Monday defeat at local rivals Wolverhampton.

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Rossiter said: “It was the same old story, we weren’t gating again, and you can’t give people like Lindgren and Woffinden head-starts in this game.

“It’s a shame because I don’t believe any of them are bad riders, but I can’t put my finger on what the problem is, although obviously we’ve got to do something.”

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EASTBOURNE reserve Ricky Kling kept up his stunning run of form with a six-ride paid maximum in the Eagles’ impressive win over Belle Vue - signing off by taking the prized scalps of Hans Andersen and Peter Karlsson in the last race.

Kling told The Argus: “I came back in from Heat 14 and they said to me, ‘do you want Heat 15 or a maximum?’ I said, ‘I want heat 15 AND a maximum.’

“I hadn’t raced against their best riders. I could have stayed on my maximum and it looks good. But even if I’d gone away with a paid maximum from my first five rides, it wasn’t the challenge I wanted.”

IPSWICH co-promoter Chris Louis has confirmed the club are keen to sign doubling-up rider Linus Sundstrom on a full-time basis when he steps up to the Elite League.

Louis, speaking in the Evening Star, said: “I think Linus is the most accomplished rider I’ve seen since Tony Rickardsson. Since Tony rode here, only Hans Andersen has compared with him in terms of ability and set-up.

“We know how good Linus is, and I can assure Ipswich fans we will be doing everything in our power to persuade him Ipswich is the club for him when he steps up.”

LAKESIDE recovered from their mauling at Poole to put three more points on the board with a 54-40 victory over Belle Vue at Purfleet.

Reserve Daniel Davidsson enjoyed a night to remember as he dropped just one point from six rides, which compensated for problems for his brother Jonas - whilst Adam Shields and Kauko Nieminen were also in double figures for the Hammers.

PETERBOROUGH boss Trevor Swales felt the absence of reserve Krzysztof Buczkowski was the key factor in the Panthers’ 50-43 defeat at Ipswich on Monday.

The Polish rider has undergone surgery after breaking a bone in his foot over the weekend, and intends to be back for the trip to Belle Vue next week.

Swales said: “We missed Krzysztof badly – I’m sure we would have won with him in the side.”

POOLE moved into a 12-point lead at the top of the Elite League table with a 59-36 win over Belle Vue on Monday - following on from their mammoth 70-24 victory against Lakeside.

Team boss Neil Middleditch told Sky Sports: “The result doesn’t tell the story because there was great racing and I’d told the boys beforehand that Belle Vue would give us a tough test. The three 5-1s towards the end certainly flattered us a bit more.”

SWINDON manager Ronnie Russell has given his backing to his current line-up in the wake of a disappointing defeat at his former club Lakeside.

Russell told Speedway Star: “We will persevere with what we are doing at the moment but we wouldn’t be able to run indefinitely with a situation that doesn’t settle down.

“We would have to look for changes but that is something I don’t want to do and have no intention at this stage of doing.”

WOLVERHAMPTON skipper Tai Woffinden was part of an impressive all-round team effort which saw off Coventry on Monday - and he then underlined that the Monmore men expect to gain in strength as the season continues.

Woffinden said: “It looks to me as though we’re getting better and better as a team as the weeks go by and we have to keep that going throughout the season.

“Peter Adams keeps telling us it’s all about getting into the top four and how good we can be in September and October, not what we are doing now. We need to time our form like we did last year although obviously Poole are the team everyone is talking about.”

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