Thursday June 22, 2017
The BMR Rockets head to Manchester tomorrow night, as they make their first ever visit to Belle Vue’s National Speedway Stadium seeking revenge for last week’s last heat reversal at home to the Aces.

With the new averages taking effect, Chris Harris will take on the mantle of Rye House No.1 for the first time, and should relish his return to Gorton just four days after coming agonisingly close to making the semi-final race-off in the British Final at the same venue.

No less than three other Rockets will also be back in Manchester from Monday’s event. 7-time national champion Scott Nicholls finished fifth on the night, while Stuart Robson picked up 4 points in tough company. The final Rocket? That will be guest Ben Barker, who will be covering for Ricky Wells – the American is double-booked to ride for his SGB Championship side Edinburgh – and who made it all the way to the Grand Final.

Rye House Team Manager Peter Schroeck recognises the tough task in prospect against an Aces side that has followed up its win in Hertfordshire with further away success at Leicester and King’s Lynn in the last week, and who will be handing a debut to Rohan Tungate, who has just replaced Justin Sedgmen in its line-up. “There’s no doubt that Belle Vue are on a real roll at the moment, but we’ll be going there in a positive frame of mind ourselves. Bomber (Chris Harris) will be determined to showcase the form that’s earned him the No.1 spot, and, he, Scott (Nicholls) and Robbo (Stuart Robson) will all know what to expect from Monday night.

“So, too, will Ben (Barker), who will be absolutely fired up from the British Final and really wants to put himself in the shop window for a spot in the Premiership.

“That’s a pretty solid foundation for us to build on tomorrow night.

“Belle Vue is not a fortress. Somerset have already won there, and Poole, Swindon and Leicester have taken away match points, so there’s no reason we can’t do the same.”