ACES OF PACE NEXT TO RACE

Tuesday May 22, 2018
The fastest rider around the Oak Tree Arena, Craig Cook and Britain's red-hot prospect, Dan Bewley are amongst the visitors on Wednesday (7.30pm) to the Highbridge circuit.


The famous Belle Vue Aces, celebrating their 90th anniversary this year, currently sit in third place in the SGB Premiership league table with 7th placed Somerset just four points behind them, a gap that could have been closer had the Rebels picked up their just rewards in the reverse fixture when they lost by just four points.

"I felt that we had put ourselves in a good position up there" admitted team manager Garry May, "and was hoping to get the draw from it but it wasn't to be so we need to maintain our home unbeaten record and make sure that we don't allow them to pick anything up when they are here."
"Craig Cook obviously loves our place and as ever will be a tough "cookie to crack" but the development of Dan Bewley has been immense. On both his previous visits here Dan has scored six points and he has certainly upped his game this year. With Max Fricke also a more than capable of being a prominent scorer and Tungate eligible for an extra ride under the rider replacement facility it is not going to be easy for us."

The rider replacement is in operation for the Aces to cover influential GB International Steve Worrall who suffered a broken leg in an early April crash, whilst Tungate will be looking to make his first appearance at the OTA since he was released by the Rebels last May. The Aussie had been due to make that re-appearance back in August last season but an eve-of-meeting leg injury ruled him out on medical grounds.

The Rebels task has been made that little bit harder as they go into the meeting without either of their two promising reserves, Jonas Jeppesen and Bradley Wilson-Dean. "We are going to miss them for sure" said May, "Jonas is hoping to get his cast off on Wednesday when he goes for another scan on his broken hand and Bradley was ruled out after he crashed in his world championship qualifying meeting at Slangerup, Denmark on Saturday.

"He has a fair bit of stiffness in his neck and needs time off the bike but he should be back for our Bank Holiday visit to Swindon on Monday."
May has called upon former Rebel Todd Kurtz and Dorset-lad James Shanes as cover in the basement region for Wednesday night.

Rebels' fans will have the opportunity to welcome home Jack Holder after he secured his place in this season's GP Challenge (July 28th) with a second place in the meeting in which Wilson-Dean was injured. Holder is now just five rides away from being a permanent GP rider in 2019.

Teams (from)
Somerset: - Jason Doyle (Capt); Jake Allen; Charles Wright; Jack Holder; Richard Lawson; Todd Kurtz (guest); James Shanes (guest). Team manager: Garry May
Belle Vue: - Craig Cook; Rider replacement for Steve Worrall; Dan Bewley; Rohan Tungate; Max Fricke (Capt); Jye Etheridge; Damian Drozdz. Team manager: Mark Lemon


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