STARS LEFT SEEING STARS
Tuesday August 29, 2017
The BMR Rockets moved to within a single match point of Poole in the race for the final SGB Premiership Play-Off spot as they blasted to their second home victory in two days with a crushing 65-26 performance against King’s Lynn.

The Rockets’ 60-30 romp at Poole earlier this month holds a special place in their hearts, but was eclipsed here in what is now the club’s biggest win of the season.

Fourteen out of fifteen race wins, and no less than eight maximum heat results, tell much of the story as the Hertfordshire side steam-rollered their shell-shocked A10 local derby rivals, with Chris “Bomber” Harris leading the charge with a four ride maximum to add to his earlier five ride success in Norfolk. Ben Barker used the occasion to power to his best score to date in Rockets’ colours with 12+1, while Stuart Robson dropped his only points in a Heat 11 tumble and Krzysztof Kasprzak headed home the field in three of his four outings.

The man of the match award, however, clearly belonged to Ben Morley, who bounced back from a 2 point display the previous night against Poole to reel off four straight paid wins – which included a remarkable burst past former Grand Prix star Tomas H Jonasson on the second lap of Heat 4 – and only missed out on a full house when nominated for a deserved place in the final race.

Team mate Stuart Robson was full of praise for his colleague at the conclusion of the Rockets’ systematic destruction of the Stars. “Ben was brilliant; absolutely brilliant. He was a totally different rider to what he was yesterday. As it happened, he had a broken engine plate yesterday which snapped clean in half. He changed that, and the bike worked completely differently and he was so fast. Hopefully that is the sign of things to come from him for the rest of the season. He was outstandingly good tonight, and the rider of the night by a long shot.

“It was definitely “Mission Accomplished” tonight. It was a fantastic team result, and what can you say? Everyone performed tonight, and I was actually bottom scorer with 7 (plus two bonus) points, which wasn’t bad.”

BMR Rockets:
Ben Barker 12+1 (5 rides), Chris Harris 11+1 (4 rides, maximum), Ben Morley 9+4 (5), Krzysztof Kasprzak 9 (4), Scott Nicholls 9 (4), Ricky Wells 8 (4), Stuart Robson 7+2 (4)

King’s Lynn:
Robert Lambert 13 (5 rides, inc 4 as a TR), Tomas H Jonasson 4 (4), Thomas Jorgensen 3+1 (4), Michael Palm Toft 3 (4), Josh Auty 2 (4), Simon Lambert 1 (4), Kai Huckenbeck 0 (3)

Match Points: Rye House 3 King’s Lynn 0

The BMR Rockets continue their five-matches-in-five-nights marathon run with tomorrow night’s (Wednesday) trip to Belle Vue, who have already confirmed their own spot in the Play-Offs. While Chris Harris is set to miss the fixture due to a prior commitment with his Championship side Peterborough, Robson recognises that that does not change the Rockets’ objectives for the match. “We’re going there to win, you know. It’s going to be tough – there are no easy away matches – but that’s the target.

“We’re taking things one match at a time; that’s the only way you can approach things. So the focus is on Manchester, and then after that we’ll focus on King’s Lynn (away) on Thursday.”

BMR Rockets:
Chris Harris R/R, Ben Barker, Ricky Wells, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Scott Nicholls (captain), Stuart Robson, Ben Morley

Belle Vue:
Kenneth Bjerre, Max Fricke R/R, Charles Wright (guest), Rohan Tungate, Craig Cook (captain), Dan Bewley, Jack Smith