Delighted Jacobs Relishing NSS Return

Former Belle Vue star Joe Jacobs is determined to put himself in the shop window at next week’s Peter Craven Memorial after finding himself without a team for the upcoming 2017 campaign.

The Ipswich-born rider lines up against a handful of his ex-team mates in the Mancunian club’s season opener, including Max Fricke and World No.9 Matej Žagar who headlines the main field.

Over the course of 2016, the 23-year old perfected a unique rhythm around the National Speedway Stadium and developed a devout following from the Aces faithful, particularly in the South Stand.

Joe Jacobs

Jacobs expressed his dismay at “having no team to start the season” with but has received strong backing from club boss Mark Lemon to secure a team place elsewhere in British Speedway.

The British youngster said: “It’s great to have Mark’s backing and I understand why he couldn’t fit me into the Aces this year. The Premiership is an even bigger game of averages this season.

“It’s not just me without a team though. The likes of Stefan Nielsen and James Sargeant, who was one of my team mates at Ipswich last year, don’t have a place either and they’re two great riders!

“That’s not to say our situation won’t change. Injuries are common throughout the year and if I do end up getting my summons I want to be ready, and like I say it’s great to have Mark’s support.”

When asked about his brief return to the NSS, the delighted Jacobs exclaimed: “I’m so excited for next Saturday! Just talking about it is… I just cant wait! I’m so happy to have been invited to race!

“It’s such a big meeting for the club. There’s some big names in the field like Žagar, Fricke, Bjerre and Batchelor. The competition is wide open at this point but I don’t feel there’s pressure on me.

“I’ve every intention of going in there to enjoy myself and relax. I love the track at the National Speedway Stadium Its’ a great place to go and I really can’t wait. I’m so looking forward to it!

“It’ll be fun to see all the fans again too. I had some great support last year, and who knows? An opportunity may present itself for me to come back to Manchester this year. That would be great.

“But like I said, I fully understand why it couldn’t happen and I’m just trying to stay positive. For now at least, I’m happy to be taking part on April 1 and I’m looking forward to getting back on my bike.”

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Photo - Chris Simcock

Sunday 26th March 2017