Dominant Aces Triumph In KOC Clash

The Belle Vue Aces stormed their way into the next round of the Premiership Knock Out Cup after bulldozing Poole 57-33 at the National Speedway Stadium, winning 101-79 on aggregate.

There was no let up on the part of the Aces in their first home fixture of the season as they swiftly recovered the minute 2-point deficit and took control of proceedings from as early as Heat 3.

A trio of 5-1s courtesy of dynamic duo Craig Cook and Jack Smith, and Kenneth Bjerre and Justin Sedgmen - who obliged with two of the three - put the hosts ahead by 12 points after five races.

The Pirates were quick to bite back with their own handful of heat advantages, but nothing powerful enough to reign in the rampant Belle Vue boys who had their eyes fixed on the prize.

Craig Cook leads Dan Bewley & Brady Kurtz

Captain Cook couldn’t hide his delight at securing a full 15-point maximum from his five rides, and spoke proudly of the achievements of his team in the wake of three very impressive results.

“It took me all season to get a maximum last year!” he chuckles. “So to put in a performance like that in the first home meeting feels great. What we’ve achieved over the last few days is fantastic.

“We’ve made such a great start to the campaign. The team has just gelled phenomenally well and we’ve hit the ground running. But while we’re over the moon with that, we can’t be complacent.

“It’s still very early in the year. We’ve a long way to go to the business end of things but if we can keep building on the progress we’ve made already then I think we’re in for an excellent season.”

Though the Aces were tipped as the favourites to triumph in this first round of the Knock Out Cup, Cook admits that he never imagined turning over the Pirates quite as emphatically as they did.

He continued: “I don’t think any of us thought we’d turn over Poole as heavily as we did. I know personally I was thinking the two points we lost could've been costly. But it didn’t turn out that way.

“The Pirates are a strong outfit and have been tipped as one of the favourites to win the league so to blow them away like that just proves what a special team we have at Belle Vue this season.

“There are still areas where we need to improve but that is true of every club. I’m delighted with the performance put in by all of the lads tonight and we’re really looking forward to the year ahead.”

The Belle Vue Aces are back in action next Friday, April 14, at 1pm when they take on the reigning Premiership Champions, the Wolverhampton Wolves. Tickets available at


Belle Vue Aces 57
Craig Cook 15, Kenneth Bjerre 13+1, Dan Bewley 8+1, Steve Worrall 7, Justin Sedgmen 6+3, Max Fricke 5+2, Jack Smith 3+1

Poole ‘Volvo Cars’ Pirates 33

Hans Andersen 8, Krzysztof Kasprzak 7, Nicolai Klindt 6+1, Brady Kurtz 6, Jack Holder 5+2, James Shanes 1, Lewis Kerr R/R

Belle Vue win 101-79 on aggregate.

Photo - Ian Charles

Friday 7th April 2017