Wednesday August 23, 2017
The BMR Rockets gave very clear notice to the rest of the SGB Premiership of their Play-Off ambitions as they demolished rival contenders Somerset 60-30 at Rye House on Wednesday night.

It was easily the Rockets’ biggest home win of the season, also matching their away romp at Poole a fortnight ago, and no less than seven 5-1s featured in the haul – including some four in a row in a real purple patch from Heats 9 through 12.

Five different Rockets won races, with all seven paid for at least one victory. Krzysztof Kasprzak led the charge with a faultless 12 point maximum. Three of his successes came from lightning starts and included two sub-56 second times (with the fastest of those – 55.70 secs – equalling the second fastest time recorded at Rye House this season), while his last was achieved after giving Cameron Heeps a head start in Heat 14 before reeling in his adversary within the first two laps.

“K.K.” struck up a fiery partnership with Ricky Wells, with the duo firing in two 5-1s, plus a near third one, from their pairings together? That one minor blip? A Heat 5 in which the American dropped a chain on the last lap and had to coast over the line as Charles Wright caught him for second place just metres from the chequered flag.

That misfortune aside, it proved a perfect night for Wells, who finished with 10+3 to stand proudly alongside his captain Scotty Nicholls, who was also beaten just the once. The US World Cup star agreed afterwards that the Rockets had used the match as a platform to make a very public statement of their Play-Off intent, adding that, “It was a great result for the boys. We didn’t take Somerset for granted and knew that it was going to be a tough meeting, but all of our guys were on fire tonight. It’s a great start to our busy run of fixtures.”

Regarding “the one that got away” in Heat 5, he continued: “I was behind “K.K” and going for the paid win, but then just 20 metres from the finish line I snapped the back chain. It was quite annoying; I’ve done two this year. I still managed to get a third place, but I’ve never managed to get a maximum in the top flight so it’s frustrating because it would have been my first one. I’ll take it, though. Featuring in Heat 15 is always nice – and I got a 5-1 in that one with Bomber (Chis Harris) – so it was still a really good night overall.

“Things have really picked up for me again. I’m not going to lie; I had a really bad couple of months, but I found an engine that was going really well for me at the start of the season and it’s back to the way it was now. (Engine tuner) Peter Johns has been doing it all for me; I picked it up this morning and it made it all easier tonight. So, yes, I’ve got to give a lot of credit to the engine, but I still have to put in the hard work!

Regarding his partnership with “K.K” and the x-factor that the Pole appears to have brought to the side: “He’s a cool guy. I never really knew him before he signed; I used to speak to him and stuff, but I didn’t know him. From a racing point of view, he’s absolutely exceled and come back into the main body of the team already. I don’t think it was a question of how well he was going to do, and I could tell you that he was going to keep going the same way (in the main body).

“It means that we have a lot of strength in depth right now, no matter who we have reserve, so if we can keep it going we can definitely make the Play-Offs.”

Next on the agenda is a quickfire return match with the Rebels at the Oak Tree Arena on Friday night. Says Wells in preview, “It was always tough to go there in the Premier League (now SGB Championship), although I don’t think it’s quite as tough, dare I say that, in the Premiership. It’s a super-fast track, and some of their boys have been there a few years, but there’s no reason we can’t go there and get a result.”

BMR Rockets:
Krzysztof Kasprzak 12 (4 rides, max), Ricky Wells 10+3 (5), Scott Nicholls 10+1 (4), Chris Harris 10+1 (5), Stuart Robson 9+2 (5), Ben Barker 7+1 (4), Ben Morley 2+1 (3)

Richard Lawson 12+1 (6 rides), Charles Wright 6 (6 rides, inc 1 as a TR), Lewis Kerr 5 (5), Cameron Heeps 4 (5), Kevin Doolan (guest) 2 (4), Josh Grajczonek 1 (4), Patrick Hougaard R/R

Match Points: Rye House 3 Somerset 0