THE BIG PREVIEW: ROCKETS VS LEICESTER
Tuesday April 10, 2018
The “BP Mitchell” Rockets will be aiming to make it fourth time lucky when they finally get their 2018 season off the ground in Hoddesdon on Wednesday night (7.30 start).

Easter’s wet and wild weather put paid to both legs of the Rockets’ Knock-Out Cup tie against Swindon, and also took out last Wednesday’s SGB Premiership trip to Somerset, leaving the Hertfordshire side to focus instead on a new opener against Leicester.

The Lions, for their part, have appeared on track just once as a team this season, edging Somerset in a challenge fixture, as they look to prove themselves a very different proposition to the sides that have finished bottom of the table the last two campaigns. The Midlanders’ renewed optimism is certainly well-founded, based as it is on a radically overhauled line-up that has 2016 British Champion Danny King and Kyle Newman as its only returnees. Former Grand Prix star Hans Andersen has arrived to provide fresh reinforcement, and so too Michael Palm Toft – who once famously completed a six ride maximum at Rye House when guesting for Berwick – who has slotted in as injury cover for Josh Bates, and 2012 Raider James Sarjeant.

There is little doubt, however, that the biggest waves have been made through the Lions’ capture of World No.9 Martin Vaculik and 2016 World U-21 Silver medallist Krystian Pieszczek, who are racing in Britain for the first time. Vaculik already has two Grand Prix round wins to his name, while Pieszczek’s debut against the Rebels netted the Pole paid 13!

Rye House Team Manager Peter Schroeck is looking forward to Wednesday’s head-to-head. “We already know from last year that there are no easy matches in this league, and because of the way the way the weather has played havoc we all definitely start on a level playing field.

“Having said that, all the boys have managed some racing and practice, so they are not totally cold and I don’t believe it will take them long to get into the swing of things. K.K. (Krzysztof Kasprzak) hit a 15 point maximum for his Polish club Gorzow on Sunday, so he is already flying, and Max (Clegg) was in great form in his U-21 Semi-Final at Eastbourne on Saturday. He also bagged the fastest time of the night (in a challenge match) at Edinburgh on Friday. We’re looking forward to working with him and putting in guys around him who will help to really bring him on.

“But it’s not just K.K. and Max. As I said last week, everybody is full of confidence, and they just want to get out there and race.


“The bottom line is that we are looking to continue from exactly where we left off at the end of last season. After coming so close to making it to the Play-Offs last year, we really want to take the club on to the next level in 2018. It all starts here.”

“BP Mitchell” Rockets:

Max Clegg, Chris Harris, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Edward Kennett, Scott Nicholls (captain), Stuart Robson, Aaron Summers

Leicester:

Hans Andersen, Danny King (captain), Kyle Newman, Krystian Pieszczek, James Sarjeant, Michael Palm Toft, Martin Vaculik

In addition to Wednesday’s main event, the meeting will also feature six Rocketeers races at 125cc and 250cc level.

Admission:

Adults £18, Seniors (over 60s) £16, Registered Disabled £12 (Accompanying Carer £12), Full-Time Students (17-22) £6, Children (aged 12-16) £6, Children (under 12) FREE. Match programme: £2.

Please note that those seeking Student admission must provide a copy of their current student photo ID (issued by the NUS or their university/college) at the turnstiles.