Bjerre Issues Rallying Call

Belle Vue’s Kenneth Bjerre has issued a rallying call to the fans and is urging them to “turn out in force” when the Aces come home to Manchester on Friday, April 7, for Leg 2 of their KOC battle.

Premiership giants Poole become the first of the Mancunian’s Premiership rivals to visit them at the National Speedway Stadium where the two sides will pick up from where they left off in Dorset.

In Wednesday’s first leg, the Volvo Cars Pirates only just clinched their narrow 46-44 victory after mechanical gremlins struck original Heat 15 leader Bjerre and gifted their hosts the winning 4-2.

But the 32-year old Danish dynamo is confident his team can recover the tiny 2-point deficit on the night and is calling on supporters to join their efforts and help push the new-look Aces to victory.

Kenneth Bjerre

He said: “After the meeting, I told the boys how important it is that we get off to a good start. We needed to show everyone through our performance at Poole exactly what we’re capable of.

“Unfortunately my engine blew up in the last heat. It was such bad luck otherwise we would’ve won by two but I don’t think it’ll make a whole lot of difference when we come to the home leg on Friday.

“I’m certain we’ve proved our potential, and we need to keep building on that. We have our first league match at Swindon on Thursday and we’re determined to come away from there with a win.

“I would love for us to come home to a massive crowd on Friday, like we had at the Peter Craven Memorial. There’s still a job to be done and the team needs our “eighth man” to get behind us.”

In the wake of their powerful display at Wimborne Road, Bjerre believes knocking the Pirates out of KOC contention in the first round would provide a great boost of confidence to the entire team.

He continued: “The team is showing very positive, encouraging signs. We have a solid top five and two bright young reserves. It’s tough for them now but I’m sure they will improve over time.

“Us senior riders have to play our part to help them though. At this point, it’s our responsibility to take charge of proceedings and look after those two guys so they can develop and settle in.

“But whether you’re the No.1 or the No.7, we all want to beat Poole. They’ve dominated the league recently so to knock them out in the first round of the KOC would be a huge confidence boost.

“Not only that, we really want to kick off our home campaign with a win. We want to give the fans a boost and prove to them that we are a winning team. We want to make Belle Vue proud this year.”


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

Poole ‘Volvo Cars’ Pirates
Krzysztof Kasprzak, Jack Holder, Lewis Kerr, Brady Kurtz, Hans Andersen (C), Nicolai Klindt, James Shanes
Team Manager: Neil Middleditch

Photo - Ian Charles

Thursday 6th April 2017