REBELS REACHING FOR THE STARS

Friday July 27, 2018
After their break from action, the 'Cases' Rebels will be keen to try and strengthen their grip at the top of the SGB Premiership table, without world champion Jason Doyle in two key meetings next week, beginning with the visit to revitalised King's Lynn on Monday (30th July), before hosting Swindon on Wednesday (1st August).

Doyle who suffered a horror-crash in the British Grand Prix in Cardiff was fortunate to escape relatively unscathed but has been stood-down on medical grounds for a two-week period and team manager Garry May has called upon the services of Doyle's compatriot Max Fricke to deputise at the Adrian Flux Arena on Monday.
 
"With all club's riding on Monday apart from Belle Vue our options were extremely limited to cover for JD” explained May, “but I feel that Max is a good shout and I am looking forward to working with him. It is a great shame that Jason has to miss this trip and Wednesday's home match, but I am so relieved that his absence will only be temporary as it was a pretty nasty knock he suffered."
 
With the Rebels not having had a meeting this week, their rivals have gained some ground on them and the lead at the top of the table was trimmed to just two points by Swindon who had a comprehensive home win against Leicester last Monday.
 
The Robins, who have ridden three more meetings than the Rebels and host Wolverhampton this Monday, could overhaul Somerset ahead of their Oak Tree Arena clash on Wednesday but May is hoping that his lads can hang on to top spot:-
"A point for us against King's Lynn would guarantee that we would still be at least joint top for Wednesday night's big clash, but the Stars have picked up recently and it won’t be easy on Monday. I know that they left things late before beating Poole recently, but they did us a favour by sending Swindon home pointless on Wednesday. We will just be going about our business as usual though and I know the lads will be wanting to get a result as much for Jason as anything else."
 
Prior to next week's team action, ultra-reliable Jack Holder could become a fully-fledged Grand Prix rider in 2019 should he finish in the top three of Saturday's GP Challenge in Landshut, Germany.
 
The Aussie, who has made considerable progress as a Rebel this season, joins fellow Australian Max Fricke, 2018 British GP wild card Robert Lambert, six-times Czech GP star Vaclav Milik, German favourite Kevin Wolbert and Frenchman David Bellego in the quest to break into the world series as a first-time permanent rider. They will all face stern opposition from current GP stars Craig Cook and Matej Zagar; former world number 2 Krzysztof Kasprzak and other previous GP competitors Kenneth Bjerre, Hans Andersen, Niels-Kristian Iversen, Antonio Lindback, Piotr Pawlicki, Janusz Kolodziej and Martin Smolinski.
 
Monday's teams:
King's Lynn: Niels-Kristian Iversen, Michael Palm-Toft, Ty Proctor, Thomas Jorgensen, Robert Lambert (Captain), Simon Lambert, Kyle Newman (Guest) - TM Dale Allitt
Somerset: Max Fricke (Guest), Bradley Wilson-Dean, Aaron Summers, Richard Lawson (Captain), Jack Holder, Jake Allen, Nico Covatti - TM Garry May


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