BELLE VUE v SWINDON, PREVIEW

Sunday May 19, 2019
SWINDON are back in Premiership action after a fortnight’s break when they travel to Belle Vue on Monday.

The CFS Filtration Robins have four points from their opening two league matches, which have both been close contests with a narrow defeat at Wolverhampton last month followed up by the May Bank Holiday home victory over Peterborough.

And for boss Alun Rossiter it’s a rapid return to Manchester after his GB side booked their place in the Speedway of Nations Final by winning last weekend’s race-off at the National Speedway Stadium.

Robins struggled at the venue last season, losing on all three of their visits, but they face an Aces side who have been somewhat inconsistent so far in 2019.

Belle Vue’s tendency has been to make fast starts but they were remarkably held to a home draw by Poole despite having held a 16-point lead, before beating King’s Lynn last Thursday thanks to a rampant run of four 5-1s in the first four races.

The Aces sit third in the early league table but have raced more matches than any of the other clubs.

Swindon return to full strength with skipper Jason Doyle leading the side at No.1, and he will face in-form countryman Max Fricke in Heat 1 with the Aces rider having scored a maximum against the Stars last week.

Rossiter said: “It’s a tough place to go, but we have riders who can get round there and we’ll certainly go there in a positive frame of mind.

“We’ve had a good start, we’ve taken points everywhere we’ve gone so far, and obviously having Jason back is a big boost for the team.

“I’m sure he’s not 100 per cent fit yet, but we know what Jason’s like, and I’m sure he’ll be giving it everything no matter how he’s feeling.

“We’re also going to need our reserves nicking points off their reserves, because we’ve struggled in that department so far.

“We need them to step up a bit – I’m not putting any pressure on them, but we just need them to be in with the mix a little more.”

BELLE VUE: Max Fricke, Ricky Wells, Dan Bewley, Steve Worrall, Kenneth Bjerre, Dimitri Berge, Jaimon Lidsey.
SWINDON: Jason Doyle, Dawid Lampart, Tobiasz Musielak, Adam Ellis, Troy Batchelor, Zach Wajtknecht, James Shanes.

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