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NEIL Middleditch has urged his Poole riders to go for broke when they take on Leicester this evening.
The Pirates can go back to the top of the Elite League table with a win, which would mean King’s Lynn would require at least a draw at Belle Vue on Monday to claim top spot and a pick of opposition in the play-offs.
“It’s out of our hands but we’re going to Leicester to win and win well. It’s always good to finish top, it gives us a psychological boost and shows the intent that we have to fight for our title.” (Daily Echo)
GREG Hancock feels like he let himself down by not riding in Saturday’s Nordic GP due to injury.
The American missed out after 177 consecutive appearances due to a hand injury suffered in Gorzow, meaning Tai Woffinden was able to make ground in the race for the title.
“It was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make in my racing career, it takes a lot to say no to a World Championship event,” he said.
“When you can’t ride for your club you feel like you’re letting your team down, but there is something different about a GP, you feel like you are letting yourself down.” (Speedway GP)
POLE Patryk Dudek has been banned for a year after failing a drugs test last month.
Dudek has also been banned for riding for his country for two seasons and fined 5,000 ZL.
SHEFFIELD skipper and Swindon asset Simon Stead is keen to give home supporters a winner in the Premier League Riders’ Championship on Sunday.
Stead, who has made a hugely successful comeback from the broken leg he suffered last season, is making his return to an event which always provides plenty of drama.
He said: “The PLRC is obviously a massive meeting, so I’m really looking forward to it. Having missed out with injury last year it’s been a long time since I’ve ridden in it, so I can’t wait to be involved this year.” (Speedway GB)