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LIONS BRING IN BJERRE AND KURTZ

Leicester co-promoter Dave Darcy hailed “world-class” Kenneth Bjerre as he steps in for injured SGP star Martin Vaculik at Beaumont Park.

21 / 04 / 2018, 09:17

Leicester co-promoter Dave Darcy hailed “world-class” Kenneth Bjerre as he steps in for injured SGP star Martin Vaculik at Beaumont Park.

The Dane comes into the team in place of the Slovak star, who suffered a broken ankle on his SGB Premiership debut at Swindon last week. Michael Palm Toft, who sprained his ankle in the same incident, is replaced by Australian rider Todd Kurtz to ensure Lions’ septet fits within the point limit.

We welcome a world class rider in Kenneth who has bags of experience on the British tracks and he had a great season with Belle Vue last year.

Dave Darcy

Bjerre was frozen out of British speedway by winter rule changes, limiting clubs to just one rider with an average of 8.00 or more. With Belle Vue keeping Craig Cook, the former Peterborough man was left without a job.

He wasn’t waiting long for a new club and Darcy backed him to deliver following the loss of Vaculik. But he’s sad to see the Zarnovica-born racer and Palm Toft depart.

He said: “We are obviously gutted for Martin after his bad injury and our commiserations also go out to Michael who came in when we needed him.

“We wish both guys all the very best for a speedy recovery and thank them for joining Leicester Speedway, it’s just a shame it was short lived. It can be a cruel sport.

“On the positive side we welcome a world-class rider in Kenneth who has bags of experience on the British tracks and he had a great season with Belle Vue last year.

“He is very keen and he is a class performer. It means we aren’t ringing round trying to book guests all the time.

“Todd was very keen when we spoke to him.

"He has made a good start to the season with Sheffield, so we’re confident he can do a good job for us.”

 

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