ROCKETS’ SETBACK IN MANCHESTER
Wednesday August 30, 2017
Riding without inspirational No.1 Chris Harris, the BMR Rockets’ Play-Off hopes took a blow when they were upended 58-33 by already Final Four-bound Belle Vue at the National Speedway Stadium on Wednesday night.

With rivals Poole winning in parallel 59-33 at home to King’s Lynn, the Rockets once again trail the Pirates by four match points, with a match in hand. Both sides are in action at Lynn tomorrow night (Thursday) in what can only be described as a mammoth double header, with the Pirates then closing out their regular season at Somerset the following evening while the Hoddesdon side completes its own programme with two home fixtures, against Swindon (also Friday, at 7.30pm) and Leicester (Monday, September 4th, at 7.30).

Rye House Team Manager Peter Schroeck admitted that, “It was a tough, tough meeting. They did to us what we did to Poole on Monday. All the boys got stuck in and rode their hearts out; they tried everything to make it happen, but the Aces were on fire tonight.”

With regard to Harris’ absence due to an SGB Championship commitment at Peterborough: “Not having Bomber definitely made a difference, both in points and mentally. We found the missing part of the puzzle with Krzysztof (Kasprzak), and then we got that part ripped away from us again in Bomber.

“We only picked up 5 points using Rider-Replacement for Chris’ rides, but it was more than that. It’s about having one of your guys with you to help with morale. We also all know what excitement Bomber can bring to a race, and it only takes one of his famous passes to lift everything in the camp for the next two or three races.”

BMR Rockets:
Ben Barker 10+2, Krzysztof Kasprzak 8, Stuart Robson 7+1, Ricky Wells 6+2, Scott Nicholls 2, Ben Morley 0, Chris Harris R/R

Belle Vue:
Craig Cook 15+1, Kenneth Bjerre 14+1, Rohan Tungate 12+1, Lasse Bjerre 8, Jack Smith 5+2, Ellis Perks 4, Max Fricke R/R

Match Points: Belle Vue 3 Rye House 0

As noted above, the Rockets are in Norfolk for a quickfire return encounter with King’s Lynn tomorrow (Thursday) as they follow Tuesday’s 65-26 romp over the Stars – and this time with four away match points at stake. Rye will follow Poole onto the circuit as the second part of a double header that starts at 7.30pm, with Harris firmly back in their fold. Ben Barker misses the match, though, due to a prior SCG Championship commitment, and the Rockets will operate Rider-Replacement as cover.

Says Schroeck, “We’re very optimistic about getting the result. We’ve got no choice.

“Steve (Jenson, Co-Promoter) and I spoke to the boys straight after the (Belle Vue) match and got them settled again, to keep their eyes on the prize of the Play-Offs.

“We can’t do anything about what Poole do, but we CAN focus on what’s on OUR plate, and that will be our approach.

“I still have a feeling about destiny. If it’s meant to be for us this year, then it will be for us to take.”