Poole pair ruled out of Witches' clash

IPSWICH promoter John Louis last night hit out at riders who appear to be making a mockery of speedway's Elite League.The Witches ride against play-off rivals Poole Pirates at Foxhall Stadium tonight (start 7.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH promoter John Louis last night hit out at riders who appear to be making a mockery of speedway's Elite League.

The Witches ride against play-off rivals Poole Pirates at Foxhall Stadium tonight (start 7.30pm) with the visitors missing two of their top men through burn-out.

Antonio Lindback has withdrawn from all his meetings this week because of illness and tiredness. The Pirates will operate rider-replacement to cover for the Swede.


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Pole Greg Walasek has also been ruled out for the remainder of this week with illness and Poole are looking at their options before announcing a guest replacement.

“It is amazing,” said Louis. “We hear that riders are suffering from this, that and the other complaint.

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“Yet lo and behold they turn up and ride in the Grand Prix every fortnight. It is not ideal for the image of the Elite League, and in the circumstances we are being well served by our GP participant Pepe Protasiewicz.”

Ipswich will be looking for a significant win that will keep alive their hopes of a top-four finish and a place in the end-of-season play-offs. Poole are one of Ipswich's main rivals for a top four place and the Witches will be buoyed by their 56-38 victory over leaders Reading Bulldogs at Foxhall Stadium last Thursday.

Ipswich are set to track a full-strength side with Mark Loram having a big part to play.

Loram, 35, has been a big hit this year after returning to the Witches side after an absence of 17 years.

He has contributed to an increase in attendances and has enjoyed riding at Foxhall so much that he admits his form is as good as it was when he won the world title in 2000.

“It would be nice to have Mark back onboard again next year,” said Louis. “We will be working towards that end. This season's side has done well, but there are one or two matters to be decided between now and the end of the season before we can make any firm decisions about 2007. Riders still have time to show us what we want to see.”

Tonight's line-ups

Ipswich: P Protasiewicz (8.62 average), K Jansson (5.76), R Miskowiak (6.02), C Louis (7.04), M Loram (8.50), D King (4.68), T Kroner (3.00).

Poole: B Pedersen (8.76), C Boyce (5.41), K Kasprzak (7.64), AN Other (6.21), Rider replacement for A Lindback (8.15), J Davidsson (4.19), T Allen (3.00).

COVENTRY rider Rory Schlein is facing around six weeks out after breaking his leg in Sweden on Tuesday evening.

ANTI-doping controls were carried out at Italian Grand Prix in Lonigo on July 29.

Greg Hancock, Jason Crump and Lee Richardson were tested at random and neither prohibited substances nor markers of the use of prohibited methods were found in their tested samples.

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