Friday September 01, 2017
The BMR Rockets kept their part of the bargain as they blasted No.1 seeds Swindon 46-29 in a rain shortened encounter at Hoddesdon on Friday night – ending both their 2017 hoodoo against the Robins and the visitors’ 17 match winning streak in the process – before later discovering that Poole’s parallel victory at Somerset had ultimately edged them out of the Play-Offs.

After allowing the Robins to take the briefest of leads with a 4-2 in Heat 1, the Rockets quickly took control of the encounter via Ben Morley and Stuart Robson, who took Aarnio in a twin pincer movement in the next race for a 5-1, and Krzysztof Kasprzak and Ricky Wells, who blasted home against Tobiasz Musielak and David Bellego in the following encounter.

Two further 4-2s, sparked by victories from Scott Nicholls and Kasprzak, quickly took the score up to 20-10, and although Nick Morris’ 6 point victory when nominated for double points in Heat 6 gave Swindon a glimmer of hope, Rye re-built their cushion with another maximum result in Heat 9, when the Aussie fell victim to both Kasprzak and Wells.

Ben Barker – with his second victory of the night – and Chris Harris then elevated the Rockets’ advantage to 39-24 by both coming from the back against Musielak in a memorable Heat 10.

By now the rain was falling, although there was still time for Nicholls to win Heat 11 - with Robson keeping World Championship contender Jason Doyle behind him for second spot for a lap – and Wells to take the chequered flag in the next one, before the weather took total control.

That left a wet but happy Rockets team to get changed, before hearing the news some 40 minutes later that Poole had nabbed a 48-45 win at Somerset after a last race 5-1 to mathematically end Rye’s hopes of making the Play-Offs in their first season in the top flight.

Team captain Scott Nicholls did not, however, allow the events in the South-West to detract from a tremendously powerful Rockets effort against the Robins. “It was a fantastic performance, putting an end to Swindon’s run. They turned us over earlier in the year, which is never nice, but we showed just how much we wanted that Play-Off spot and did what we needed to do tonight. When you go up against a bogey team, it can sometimes play on your mind, but there was no way that was happening tonight. Unfortunately, everything also hinged on the result at Somerset.

“There is tremendous strength in depth in this team. It was a full seven man effort and we have all clicked and hit form at the same time. Nobody dropped a head; everybody kept strong and that showed in the result tonight. It just showed how determined we’ve all been

“We’ve had some tremendous crowds here at Rye House this season, including Bank Holiday Monday and here tonight, and they’ve made so much noise and built a great atmosphere. A massive thank-you to the fans – three matches in one week is a tough gig – but they’ve been fantastic. It’s been nice doing the pictures (for selfies) after each match, as well as doing the (post-match) laps of honour with all the fans.”

BMR Rockets:
Ricky Wells 9+1, Krzysztof Kasprzak 8+1, Ben Barker 8, Scott Nicholls 8, Chris Harris 6+2, Stuart Robson 4+2, Ben Morley 4

Nick Morris 9 (inc 6 as a TR), Tobiasz Musielak 7+2, Jason Doyle 7, Tero Aarnio 6, David Bellego 0 George Hunter 0 Adam Ellis R/R

Abandoned after 12 heats – Result STANDS.
Match Points: Rye House 3 Swindon 0

The BMR Rockets sign off their home SGB Premiership programme on Monday (September 4th), aiming to go out with a flourish against a Leicester team for whom victory could conceivably mean that they avoid bottom spot in the table – and with it a relegation dog-fight against the team that wins the SGB Championship.

The Lions include 2016 Lakeside rider of the year Kim Nilsson, and 2016 British national Champion Danny King. Phoenix David Howe guests for the sidelined Erik Riss, with a further replacement to be named for Lasse Bjerre.

Says Rye House Team Manager Peter Schroeck of Monday’s encounter, “It wasn’t to be for us in the race for the Play-Offs, but we still really want to go out on a high. We want to win on Monday, and also when we go back to King’s Lynn, in order to show just how close we came to getting there, in what is only the first year of what we’ve called The New Adventure here at Rye House.

“Leicester desperately need the victory as well, and we remember that they won at Belle Vue only a week or so ago, so it should be a very interesting match, to say the least.”

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

Josh Bates, Lasse Bjerre guest, David Howe (guest), Danny King, Kim Nilsson, Kyle Newman, Pawel Przedpelski R/R

Monday night’s admission at Rye House: Adults £18, Seniors (over 60s) £16, Full Time Students (17-22) £10, Children (12-16) £6, Children (under 12) Free. Match Programme £2.00.

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.

Start time: 7.30 prompt!