Aces Relishing Robins Challenge

Justin Sedgmen is targeting a big performance when Belle Vue journey to Swindon on Thursday, and says he’s determined to build on the 5-point haul he collected from Poole just 24 hours earlier.

The Aces now switch focus to their second meeting in as many days at the long-standing home of the Robins, the Abbey Stadium, where they hope to launch their 2017 title chase in winning ways.

The Blunsdon circuit has proved popular with some of Belle Vue’s most recent incarnations and Sedgmen believes that the new class of 2017 has all the key elements for a successful evening.

Justin Sedgmen

He said: “Being ex-Robins riders, myself and Steve [Worrall] certainly know the track well and the likes of Craig [Cook], Max [Fricke] and Kenneth [Bjerre] have ample experience between them.

“I see no reason why we can’t go there and put in a performance worthy of victory. I personally felt I deserved more points from the Poole meeting so of course I want to improve on that at Swindon.

“We’re all up for it. I know Alun Rossiter is cautioning his side where Belle Vue’s concerned but we’re not one to underestimate his guys. There’s some pretty strong characters in that team.”

As one of only three GP regulars competing in the UK this year, the Robins are led by skipper Jason Doyle. But far from concerned, Sedgmen is eager to accept the challenge of his former club.

He continued: “I think it was Kenneth who said after the Poole meeting, “Good job tonight boys but tomorrow is where the business starts.” And we looked at each other and nodded our agreement.

“There’s no question we’re looking forward to getting our league campaign underway. We’ve got big ambitions for 2017 and I feel we’re definitely capable of producing the goods at the Abbey.”

With his side determined to hit the ground running, team boss Mark Lemon views the Robins as wise to be cautious, but affirmed that the Aces nurture that same sentiment towards all their rivals.

He explained: “As I always say, we never underestimate any of the opposition but I feel that having turned the tide these last two years the Belle Vue Aces now command a great respect.

“These days, we come with an expectancy to deliver results which hasn't gone unnoticed by the other Premiership clubs, and that’s credit not only to our riders but to the club itself as a whole.”


Swindon ‘Carpets 4 Less’ Robins
Jason Doyle (C), Bradley Wilson-Dean, Adam Ellis, David Bellego, Nick Morris, Emil Grondal, Zach Wajtknecht.
Team Manager: Alun Rossiter

Belle Vue Aces
Max Fricke, Steve Worrall, Kenneth Bjerre, Justin Sedgmen, Craig Cook (C), Dan Bewley, Jack Smith.
Team Manager: Mark Lemon

Photo - Ian Charles

Thursday 6th April 2017