NO PAIN, ALL GAIN FOR ACES
Max Fricke is delighted to see Belle Vue defying their early- season injury worries after completing a cup double over Peterborough.
11 / 04 / 2019, 11:59
Aussie ace Max Fricke is delighted to see Belle Vue defying their early-season injury worries after completing a Premiership Supporters Cup double over Peterborough on Wednesday.
The Aces won 50-40 at the National Speedway Stadium in their first home match of 2019 – 10 days after defeating the Panthers 48-42 at the East of England Showground.
To be honest, I don’t know what we expected from our first few outings given the amount of injuries some of our guys are coming back from, but it’s fair to say it has been a brilliant start.
The meetings saw a dramatic transformation for British Championship runner-up Dan Bewley, who is returning to action after spending the winter recovering from a badly broken leg. Despite scoring one paid two at Peterborough in his first meeting back, he roared to 11 in the home match.
Meanwhile, Aussie Under-21 champion Jaimon Lidsey suffered a broken collarbone Down Under in early March, but still racked up seven paid eight at the Showground and scored four paid five in Manchester.
Skipper Fricke starred on 14 points and is more than happy with his side’s strong start to 2019.
He said: “It was great to see all the boys on fire. There were a couple of struggles but all in all it was a great meeting, the track was fantastic, and the result was just what we wanted.
“Fair play to Peterborough, they pushed us hard and raced really well.
"We’ve had two good meetings and to get a win both at home and away early doors has been great for our confidence.
“To be honest, I don’t know what we expected from our first few outings given the amount of injuries some of our guys are coming back from, but it’s fair to say it has been a brilliant start.
“The team is gelling so well. Everyone is working together, there was a great atmosphere in the pits and, hopefully, we can keep building on that and bring out the best in everyone as we go forward.”