Redcar v Edinburgh preview
Redcar Agilia Bears finally get their League campaign underway this weekend, as they take on Edinburgh in Scotland on Friday night before hosting the Monarchs at the Media Prima Arena on Saturday night (both 7:30pm starts).
The Bears are playing catch up somewhat in the League, with everyone else (including Edinburgh) haven ridden at leat two meetings. All seven riders will be itching to get back out on track and show what they are capable of!
Redcar will be at full strength for both meetings, and Ulrich Ostergaard will make his second Bears debut in the fixtures.Charles Wright moves to number 1 in the team after a fine strat to the season, with Michael Palm Toft moving to number 5. Bears reserve Jack Smith has recently signed for Cradley in the National League giving him the chance for some extra track time.
Charles Wright will be looking to carry on where he left off at the MPA, with a fine win in the British Semi Final. Co-promoter and team manager Jade Mudway was impressed with Wright that night, but also the performance of Tom Bacon:
“The last meeting was the British semi-final which was absolutely brilliant, with Charles Wright showing the scintillating form he is in by finishing on the top step of the podium. Tom Bacon was flying with some cracking races – he maybe deserved to finish higher than he did, but I’m sure he will do us all proud if he gets his chance in the final as first reserve.”
Edinburgh will be a tough nut to crack, and have a number of riders who ride the MPA well. Ricky Wells, Victor Palovaara and Josh Pickering in particular have impressed in the past and last season the Monarchs put 57 past the Bears. This is a very different Redcar side however, and it is sure to be another exciting meeting on Teesside:
Redcar: Charles Wright, Tom Bacon, Ulrich Ostergaard, Jordan Stewart, Michael Palm Toft, Nathan Greaves, Jack Smith
Edinburgh (Friday): Ricky Wells, Victor Palovaara, Josh Pickering, Joel Andersson, Cameron Heeps, William Lawson, Connor Coles (guest).
Edinburgh (Saturday): Ricky Wells (captain), Victor Palovaara, Josh Pickering, Joel Andersson, Cameron Heeps, William Lawson, tbc