Mildenhall gain victory despite Joe Jacobs horror crash

MILDENHALL Fen Tigers’ co-promoter Michael Lee was thrilled with his side’s impressive 49-41 win at the Isle of Wight last night, but was also equally relieved after seeing Joe Jacobs walk away from an horrific looking crash in the final race of the night.

MILDENHALL Fen Tigers’ co-promoter Michael Lee was thrilled with his side’s impressive 49-41 win at the Isle of Wight last night, but was also equally relieved after seeing Joe Jacobs walk away from an horrific looking crash in the final race of the night.

The Suffolk youngster was tucked in behind home star Danny Warwick, when the Islander dropped a chain.

With nowhere to go, Jacobs crashed heavily, cartwheeling down the track and into the safety fence. After treatment, he not only walked back to the pits, but came out and took third place in the re-run.

Lee said, “After the terrible events of the last few days, the last thing anyone wanted to see was a big crash. Thankfully, it seems Joe is just battered and bruised, and although his bike is completely written off, the main thing is he is okay.”

Brilliantly led by their Aussie Number One Cameron Heeps, who picked up a paid 17, the visitors laid out their stall from the start, as Heeps and the equally impressive Jacobs, who ended with paid 14, stormed to a maximum 5-1 in the opening heat.

Teenager Nathan Stoneman then showed why he is fast turning into the find of the season, with his first of two wins, as he again belied his inexperience as he went on to take ten points from five outings. Even having to operate rider replacement for injured skipper Lewis Blackbird didn’t hamper Mildenhall too much. With Danny Halsey turning in another solid score, they simply had too much strength in depth for the Islanders.

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Danny Warwick led the way for them, inflicting the only defeat of the night on Heeps. But with the home side’s Number One Kyle Hughes troubled by machine gremlins, and Tigers’ asset Aaron Baseby, who was making his debut, needing to find race fitness, there was little they could do to stop the Fen Tigers exciting young team from showing why they are so highly rated this season.

“All the boys did a fantastic job with Cameron, Joe, Danny and Nathan outstanding,” Lee continued. “Young Josh played his part as well, and now he has seen Smallbrook for the first time, will be among the points on his next visit, I am sure of that. To still be without Lewis and pick up all three points was brilliant.”

However, it was an expensive night for Stefan Nielsen, who blew two engines. “It was bad luck for Stefan,” Lee added, “especially with his Under-21 qualifier coming up in Croatia at the weekend. But I’ll get one of them rebuilt for him before he goes on Thursday.”

Isle of Wight = 41

1. Kyle Hughes 0, 0, 1, 2 = 3

2. Ben Hopwood 1, 1, 0, 3, 2 = 7

3. Danny Warwick 3, 3, 3, 3, X = 12

4. Aaron Baseby 0, 0, 1, 2 = 3

5. Paul Starke 1’, 3, R, X = 4+1

6. Danny Stoneman 2, 0, 1’ = 3+1

7. Gary Cottham 1’, 2, 3, 1, 1, 1’ = 9+2

Mildenhall = 49

1. Cameron Heeps 3, 3, 2, 2’, 3, 3 = 16+1

2. Joe Jacobs 2’, 1’, 2’, 2, 3, 1 = 11+3

3. Stefan Nielsen 1’, 2, R, F, R = 3+1

4. Danny Halsey 2, 1’, 2, 3 = 8+1

5. Lewis Blackbird R/R

6. Nathan Stoneman 3, 3, Fx, 2, 2 = 10

7. Josh Bates F, F, 1’, 0 = 1+1

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