Published on 24-04-2015 10:16 AM
Belle Vue will round off the busiest month on their 2015 calendar on Monday when they welcome the ever-powerful King’s Lynn Stars to Kirkmanshulme Lane for the first time this season.
The visit bookends an exceptionally tough few weeks where the Rentruck Aces have experienced highs, lows and injury blows in rapid succession. But having regrouped, Mark Lemon’s squad is now hell-bent on putting an end to their recent run of misfortune and are relishing the idea of beating the Norfolk outfit convincingly.
With Simon Stead likely out of action for the season, the hosts will track a change at No.3 in the form of guest rider Dakota North while the club continues to scour for a long-term replacement.
Danish dynamo Niels-Kristian Iversen, spearheading the Stars, has recovered beautifully from a series of torn knee ligaments thanks to a dash of cutting-edge rehabilitation that spared him the surgeon’s knife. The season-ending injuries came about in an horrific smash with Greg Hancock during last year’s Speedway Grand Prix in Gorzow and forced the Stars’ favourite to miss the Elite League play offs. Now the Denmark international is looking as precise and as powerful as ever, particularly when flanked by his fellow King’s Lynn heat leaders Rory Schlein and Kenneth Bjerre.
But the squad’s biggest revelation of the season so far has to be 17-year old Robert Lambert, whose memorable performance against Lakeside was witnessed by TV audiences nationwide.
The impressive second-stringer returns to complete the almost unchanged Norfolk outfit along with his partner Nicklas Porsing and Elite Draft Reserves Lewis Kerr and Ashley Morris.
Co-Promoter George Carswell says it’s “crucial” for his team to move forward from last week’s home defeat to Coventry if they are to reclaim the confidence they need to defeat the Stars.
He said: “You have to give full credit to the King’s Lynn management for retaining six of their riders from last year. I’m a firm believer in consistency and stability, especially where your athletes are concerned. “Last week was a disappointing performance for us but it’s over now, finished with, and we’ve got to move on and be positive. We can’t continue to hang our heads over the fabled “what ifs. “We’ve beaten King’s Lynn before now with a very similar team so there’s no reason why we can’t do it again, but it’s one of those matches where you need to go into it confidently. “The team has all the motivation they need to ensure they don’t suffer a repeat of the Coventry match and I doubt they need us to remind them how crucial that is. “Dakota North has been riding very well for Poole and Mark [Lemon] has got a lot of faith in him, particularly after his performance for him more recently in the Speedway Best Pairs in Germany. “Obviously the guest situation is still a bit of a crux for us as ideally we’d like to get our team settled as quickly as possible, but at the moment we’re still checking our options. “For the immediate future however we’ve just got to focus and get on with the task at hand, and that means getting maximum points out of King’s Lynn.”
Line-Ups - Monday, April 27th 2015
Belle Vue 'Rentruck' Aces
Matej Zagar, Max Fricke, Dakota North (G), Craig Cook, Scott Nicholls (C), Steve Worrall, Stefan Nielsen.
King's Lynn 'Roger Warnes Transport Ltd' Stars
Niels-Kristian Iversen, Robert Lambert, Rory Schlein (C), Nicklas Porsing, Kenneth Bjerre, Lewis Kerr, Ashley Morris