Lemon: 'Pairs Will Showcase Top Guns'

Returning Aces stars Max Fricke and Craig Cook have been designated to represent Belle Vue in the 2017 Premiership Pairs event at Somerset as the team’s top two highest averaging riders.

The decision was a no-brainer for club boss Mark Lemon, who said: “It wasn’t a “horses for courses” decision, so to speak, but certainly the averages had an influence on my final choice.

“I’m sure all of the guys would’ve done a fantastic job and that they would’ve adapted to the competition as well as Max and Craig, given their rich experience and their excellent abilities.

Craig Cook and Max Fricke

“But I felt I owed it to Max and Craig, as our top heat leaders, to go down there and do themselves justice, and show the rest of the field they are up to the harder task we’re asking of them this year.

“The additional track time will I’m sure prove an added bonus for them. Max will take over at No.1 to begin the season and he’s exceptional around Somerset, given his previous Pairs record there.

“He won the Premier League event alongside Sam Masters for Edinburgh in 2014 and we know he’s more than capable of repeating that in the Premiership event, and the same goes for Craig.

“He’s had some fantastic meetings at the Oaktree Arena and he’s a rider whom I feel can definitely challenge for the Aces No.1 spot this year. With these guys, I feel we will have a strong presence.

“I have faith in them to go out there and do their best and with any luck, thanks to their efforts, we could potentially bring home our first piece of silverware of the season for our trophy cabinet.”

The Premiership Pairs marks only the beginning of a busy week of racing for Belle Vue, who just 24 hours later will host their season-opener - The 2017 Peter Craven Memorial - in Manchester.

Tickets for the event on Saturday April 1st  are now on online sale, with fans having the choice of both the state-of-the-art Grandstand or the South Terrace from which to watch the meeting.

Aces riders Max Fricke, Kenneth Bjerre and Justin Sedgmen are already confirmed for the event and further announcements, says Director of Speedway Lemon, can be expected very soon.

“The line-up is pretty much confirmed and announcements are imminent!” he says. “We will be releasing the field as soon as humanly possible, as we still have a lot on our plate at the moment.

“But everything is in good hands. We have an exciting mix of riders competing in the Peter Craven Memorial, some the fans may be expecting and others who will come as a very big surprise!”

Photo by Chris Simcock

Thursday 16th March 2017