THE BIG PREVIEW: BMR ROCKETS VS LEICESTER
Friday April 28, 2017
The BMR Rockets will be going all-out to bounce back from Monday’s reverse at Wolverhampton when they roar into action against Leicester in Bank Holiday Monday’s SGB Premiership clash at Rye House (2pm start).

The Black Country defeat took a little bit of the shine off the Rockets’ thrilling victory over Poole in The Big One just two nights earlier, but Team Manager Peter Schroeck is confident that his side can get right back on track in their bid for the championship play-offs. “Monmore was just one match in our league programme, but all the boys will be extra fired up for Bank Holiday Monday. We don’t go anywhere to lose, so although Wolverhampton are proving strong around their patch the result there was still disappointing. It says a lot that even though he had had to contend with bike problems on the night, Bomber (Chris Harris) was still upset about Heat 15 (when he finished third in a Rockets’ 4-2) because he really wanted to win that one.

“We’ll be back to full strength on Monday, with Branny (Rob Branford) back from his bruised shoulder, and Edward absolutely determined to prove a point.

“We’ve also had a new delivery of shale this week, and made some minor changes to the track, which will give the boys more grip and help increase the number of racing lines.”

Monday’s visitors, meanwhile, will arrive in town having balanced out a home defeat against Poole with a hard-fought match point from their own away trip to Wolverhampton (44-45), as well as one at early front-runners Belle Vue (42-48).

They will also arrive with 2016 Lakeside Rider of the Year Kim Nlsson, reigning British Champion Danny King and current – and double – World Longtrack Champion Erik Riss in their ranks. That spearhead will be joined by Lasse Bjerre – who has replaced Josh Auty in the Leicester team this week – plus double British U-21 titlist Josh Bates and former Kent King Danny Ayres. 2013 World Longtrack Bronze winner Richard Hall will guest for the SEC-committed Kacper Gomolski.

Schroeck is very much aware of the threat the Lions pose. “We’ve seen already that on their day, any team can beat every other team – it’s a very balanced league. Leicester may not have a really big hitter in their side, but they are quite solid all the way through, with a lot of guys who can do some damage.

“They are a case of “consistency beats resistance”.

“We are not going to under-estimate them, but we will go in with the same objective as before: to hit them from the very beginning.

“The boys will want to redeem themselves after Wolverhampton, and also ensure that we keep our unbeaten record going at Rye House, because it is the foundation of our drive towards the play-offs. One match hasn’t changed that aim.”

BMR Rockets:

Rob Branford, Chris Harris, Edward Kennett (captain), Scott Nicholls, Ellis Perks, Stuart Robson, Ricky Wells

Leicester:

Danny Ayres, Josh Bates, Lasse Bjerre, Richard Hall (guest), Danny King (captain), Kim Nilsson, Erik Riss

Admission: Adults £18, Seniors (over 60s) £16, Full Time Students (17-22) £10, Children (12-16) £6, Children (under 12) Free. Match Programme £2.00

In addition to the main event, the meeting will include six youth heats across 150cc and 250cc classifications, with these Rocketeers races getting underway at 1.30pm.