Tuesday June 12, 2018
The “BP Mitchell” Rockets will welcome Stuart Robson back to the fold this week – but in a twist to the tale it will be the side-lined Edward Kennett that he replaces!

Kennett suffered a badly broken arm in his World Longtrack Semi-Final ten days ago, and the injury is likely to keep him out of the saddle for at least two months. With Rider-Replacement an untenable option for that length of period, Rye have opted instead to reintroduce Robson – who is now fit again following his own nasty hand injury – as a direct replacement.

The Robson-for-Kennett manoeuvre also enables Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen to remain part of the Rye House’ roster – but under his own guise rather than as an injury stand-in - within a re-declared line-up. The Dane was originally brought back to town as an injury replacement for Robbo and has already posted highs of paid 15 against Wolverhampton and 8 in the televised victory over King’s Lynn last time out.

As for Robson, he has already returned to SGB Championship action with Newcastle, contributing a race win and healthy 7 points total at Scunthorpe on Friday. Looking back on the accident that had kept him out of action since April 19th, he detailed the problem: “It was a spiral fracture of the bone at the top of my ring finger; it’s only a small bone but it was broken in four or more places. My finger caught Matej Kus’ back tyre mid-corner (while riding in an SGB Championship match at Redcar) and I had to lay the bike down before I hit the fence. It was such a silly thing, but with quite a severe injury on the end of it. I needed an operation to put a plate in across the top of it and more recently I have been wearing a splint and undergoing physio to help straighten it while also getting it to bend again. It was pretty fragile for a while, but it is pretty good now as far as the strength goes.

“I’m aiming to get back into gear as soon as I can. My start to the season (before my injury) wasn’t bad, and I will work on that to really get going now.”

Rye House Team Manager Peter Schroeck believes the Rockets have managed to roll pretty well with the punches. “While it was obviously a major blow to lose Edward for what is likely to be a rather lengthy period – and just as he had found his form again, at that – it is great to welcome Robbo back to action. He brings so much to this club both on and off the track. On it, he is a 100% trier and the “Mr Consistent” of the side. Off it, he is such a great character, and a total team man.

“We’ve also got NBJ on a permanent basis now, and we all know that he can do the business too.”

The Rockets will return to action from their hiatus for the Speedway of Nations at Swindon this Thursday, determined to take a major step forward from their 59-31 defeat in Wiltshire in the Knock-Out Cup last month.

With the new “Green Sheet” averages taking effect for the fixture, Krzystztof Kasprzak will take on the mantle of the No.1 race jacket, and there are two further switches further down the riding order, albeit for one night only. With Aaron Summers and NBJ both committed to SGB Championship action on what is a non-fixed race night for the top flight, Rye have called on Michael Palm Toft – whose last completed visit to the Abbey Stadium netted a top-scoring 9 points for King’s Lynn - and former Prague GP Wildcard Matej Kus as guest replacements for the evening.

Say’s Schroeck ahead of the trip, “We’ve got a top five who are all on form across the two leagues at the moment, so we may just surprise a few people on Thursday. What is obviously important is that we hit the ground running. The first four or five races will be crucial to setting the tone for the night – I’m 100% about that - but if we can make the right start there is no reason why we can’t push on from there.”

Rye House “BP Mitchell” Rockets at Swindon:

Max Clegg, Chris Harris, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Matej Kus (guest), Scott Nicholls (captain), Stuart Robson, Michael Palm Toft (guest)