Friday August 25, 2017
The BMR Rockets took another major step towards the SGB Premiership Play-Offs with a hard-earned match point from their narrow 48-42 defeat at Somerset on Friday night.

The result moves them to within four points of fourth placed Poole, with two matches in hand…. and with the two sides set to directly collide in Hertfordshire on Bank Holiday Monday (7.30 start).

The Rockets actually led by 6 points - 12-6 - early on, after Chris Harris and Ben Barker had fended off Josh Grajczonek in an epic display of team riding in Heat 1 and Krzysztof Kasprzak and Ricky Wells had inflicted similar damage on Rebels guest Paul Starke and Charles Wright in Heat 3.

Somerset battled back to take the lead after Heat 8, before pushing on themselves to 33-27 a couple of races later.

Barker and Harris delivered their second 5-1 as a duo in the next heat, with Richard Lawson dropping a chain when holding second, but although 34-32 was as close as Rye could get, Kasprzak’s victory in the finale – while Lawson was edging a furious battle for third spot against Harris – ensured the visitors would take away a vital match point for their efforts.

Rye House Team Manager Peter Schroeck felt afterwards that, “This could be the most important point we have picked up all season.

“The 5-1 from Bomber (Chris Harris) and Ben (Barker) in Heat 1 really set us up for the match. It was vital that we made a good start to the meeting – and we got it through that race. That result, and the other 5-1 from “K.K.” (Krzysztof Kasprzak) and Ricky (Wells) kept us going for quite a while, and helped keep all the boys pumped up.”

BMR Rockets:
Krzysztof Kasprzak 12, Chris Harris 9+1, Scott Nicholls 7+1, Ben Barker 6+2, Ricky Wells 4+1, Stuart Robson 4+1, Ben Morley 0

Charles Wright 13, Lewis Kerr 12+1, Josh Grajczonek 9+1, Richard Lawson 8+2, Paul Starke (guest) 3+1, Adam Ellis 3+1, Patrick Hougaard R/R

Match Points: Somerset 3 Rye House 1

All roads now lead to Rye House on Bank Holiday Monday, and all roads lead to the BMR Rockets’ HUGE showdown at Rye House at home to Poole, whose roster includes 2016 Australian Champion Brady Kurtz, World U-21 Finalist Jack Holder and former Rye skipper Edward Kennett.

Says Schroeck in anticipation, “All the boys fully believe that we can do it (reach the Play-Offs), which is the key thing. We’re still on the mission, and the mission is very much alive.

“As I’ve said before, we’re not under the same pressure as some of the other teams. They’ve been there before and have high expectations. We’ve got expectations too – that’s certain - but we are in a different position where we can do it on our own business terms and just get on with it.

“Everything is building towards a huge crowd on Bank Holiday Monday. Having the BT Sport cameras there will provide an added buzz for the riders, and having that big match atmosphere alongside it is guaranteed to provide an extra energy that the boys can really feed off.

“All I can say is: roll on Monday.”

BMR Rockets:
Ben Barker, Chris Harris, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Ben Morley, Scott Nicholls (captain), Stuart Robson, Ricky Wells

Hans Andersen (captain), Jack Holder, Edward Kennett, Brady Kurtz, Timo Lahti, James Shanes, Paul Starke

Monday’s special admission at Rye House: Adults and Seniors £12.00 (including FREE match programme); Children U-16 FREE.

As an added bonus, Monday’s meeting will also include six Youth races across 250cc and 150cc classifications, which will take place prior to the main match.