Redcar v Sheffield preview
This Thursday sees the Redcar Ecco finishing Supplies Bears make the trip down to Sheffield to take on the Tigers, before hosting them in the return leg at the Media Prima Arena on Friday night (both 7:30pm starts).
It is a changed Redcar lineup, with Finnish star Nike Lunna making his Bears debut tonight, replacing Tobias Busch in the lineup. Team manager Jade Mudgway is happy to have the Finn is the side:
“I like Nike’s give it all racing style and it very much fits with what we want here at Redcar. I’m sorry to see Tobi go but we need riders that give 100 percent every time they pull on a bears jacket and Tobi fell short of that.”
The Bears are at full strength for the trip to Sheffield, but will be without the Andersen brothers on Friday as they are required to ride in Denmark – against each other! Thomas Jorgensen is also racing in Denmark. Ty Proctor, Mark Riss, who had a great meeting at Redcar a couple of weeks ago, and Coty Garcia will guest in their place.
Sheffield have a number of riders who go well around Redcar, with Charles Wright and Lasse Bjerre both being ex-Bears and Kyle Howarth showing a liking for the track in the past. Mudgway is expecting a tough clash on Friday:
“Sheffield are full of riders who won’t give up and know their way around the media Prima arena. Charles Wright is in fine form at number 1 for the Tigers and was a rider that scored plenty of points for the Bears last year. Lasse Bjerre is also a well-known rider around the our track but can be up and down at Redcar.”
Certainly promises to be an exciting couple of nights racing!
Redcar (Thursday): Ben Barker, Nike Lunna, Dimitri Berge, Jonas B Andersen, Thomas Jorgensen, Mikkel B Andersen, Jordan Stewart.
Redcar: (Friday): Ben Barker, Nike Lunna, Dimitri Berge, Mark Riss, Ty Proctor, Coty Garcia, Jordan Stewart.
Sheffield: Charles Wright, Todd Kurtz, Lasse Bjerre, Broc Nicol, Kyle Howarth, James Shanes, Joe Lawlor