Fricke Completes New-Look Aces
The Belle Vue Aces have completed their 2017 Premiership septet with the addition of Australian star Max Fricke, who returns to Manchester for his third consecutive campaign with the club.
Fricke will make his first competitive appearance at Belle Vue's state-of-the-art home venue on April 1st, along with new team mates Bjerre and Sedgmen, in the 2017 Peter Craven Memorial.
It marks the beginning of a fresh start for the world-famous club, who take on the Poole Pirates just six days later at the National Speedway Stadium for Leg 2 of their tasty Knock Out Cup clash.
Fricke added: "There's been a lot of changes at Belle Vue these last few months. The new owners are keen to push on and make the club great again so it'll be a new challenge for all concerned.
"As well as the new management, there's a few new faces in the team as well. We've got a great bunch of lads riding for us this year so hopefully, all being well, we're in for a good season."
With his top flight team now complete, and his National League side soon to follow, Director of Speedway Mark Lemon is turning his attention to the club's highly anticipated season opener.
He said: "We've expended a lot of energy towards getting ourselves settled in, getting the new business operational and getting the Aces and Colts teams established. It's been an exciting time.
"At the same time, it has included many long days of hard work. There just aren't enough hours at the moment. There's a lot to do and we're doing the best we can but it's coming together nicely.
"I'm particularly happy with the Aces team. We've got a couple of inexperienced guys at reserve who have huge potential and a top five who can absorb the pressure to allow them to develop."
Photo: Chris Simcock
Wednesday 15th March 2017