Photo: Ian Charles Dan Bewley (Red) outside Jason Doyle (White) Belle Vue Aces v Swindon Robins, British Speedway Premiership, Belle Vue National Speedway Stadium, Manchester, Monday 20 May 2019

League leaders Belle Vue had to settle for second-best at Swindon after a dominant performance from the Robins left them with plenty to think about after going down 55-35 at Blunsdon.

The home team made full use of their extensive track knowledge to take control of the meeting early doors and leaving the visitors to play catch-up for much of the evening.

The Rentruck Aces kept the pressure on the Robins from start to finish and closed the gap to within 4 points at the half-way stage, until the Robins caught a second wind on their wings and soared to victory.

Aces skipper Max Fricke continued his rich vein of form from the weekend’s Grand Prix in Prague by not only top scoring with 11 for the Rentruck Aces, but also by setting a brand-new track record.

Team boss Mark Lemon said: “It’s one of those frustrating nights where it’s hard to put your finger on exactly what went wrong, but Swindon had at least three riders that were completely dominant.

“It’s not the same Abbey Stadium we’re used to, which I think caught us out a little bit, but a few of the guys had bike problems all evening that didn’t help. But these things happen sometimes.

“It’s never nice to lose so heavily after such a strong run, but we can take quite a few lessons from this and the biggest point is that our form away from home needs to improve, and quickly.

“We’ve got two key fixtures next week where we need to ensure we perform to our absolute best. We need to kick-start our season away from home and now is the time for us to do that.”

Words: Hayley Bromley,Images: Ian Charles

The Cool Running Colts are at the centre of Thursday’s National League action in Manchester when they take on the Kent Kings in their KOC Quarter Final clash at the National Speedway Stadium.

Tapes up at 7:30pm. Advanced tickets available at, and at the stadium box office on race night.


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