Speedway: Redcar v Somerset preview
By James Boothby
Friday 10 May 2019 08:42:00
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Redcar Agilia Bears face Somerset in what is now the first leg of the KO Cup on Friday night at the Media Prima Arena on Friday night (7:30pm start).

The Bears will go into the meeting full of confidence after last week's excellent 52-38 win over Scunthorpe. It was a great all round effort from the Bears, and reflecting on that meeting co-promoter and team manager Jade Mudgway was pleased with the effort of his riders:

"There are not many riders who can come and score maximums here because of the fair nature of the track, so the fact that Charles managed it shows the brilliant form that he is in.  The second mention has to go to Michael Palm Toft, who was back to the best we know that he is.  He had a brilliant ride Heat 13, and then in Heat 15 he managed to stay on the bike after it tried to kick him off the back on the home straight, but still won the race!"

Mudgway also had words of praise for Jordan Stewart and the reserves Nathan Greaves and Jack Smith. Stewart has continued his promising start to his Redcar career from last season, whilst Greaves and Smith both give absolutely everything in every race.

"I’m also really impressed with Jordy Stewart, who has upped his game this year and will soon be a big contender for a heat leader spot.  Last to mention but definitely not least are our reserves, whose skills in their Heat 2 5-1 were clear to see.  They both have bags of potential and they give everything they have to give every time."

The Bears welcome a strong looking Somerset side to Teesside this week, who include in their ranks British Star Chris Harris. Harris is the track record holder at the Media Prima Arena, and can always be relied upon to provide thrilling racing. And who can forget his British GP win in Cardiff? Rory Schlein comes into the Somerset side this year and rides at number 1, whilst Valentin Grobauer has started his maiden season in the UK well. The Bears are again at full strength. It should be another superb night's racing - we hope to see as many of you at the Media Prima again as possible!

Redcar: Michael Palm Toft, Tom Bacon, Ben Barker, Jordan Stewart, Charles Wright, Nathan Greaves, Jack Smith

Somerset: Rory Schlein, Todd Kurtz, Valentin Grobauer, Nico Covatti, Chris Harris, Henry Atkin, Anders Rowe

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