Round two of the British Cycling Cycle Speedway Elite League series takes place this Sunday, with early leaders Coventry visiting Harbourside Park to take on Poole, while the reigning champions, Wednesfield Aces, head to Suffolk to take on Ipswich Eagles at the Whitton Sports Centre.
Both fixtures start at 2pm.
Wednesfield went through the series unbeaten in 2015. Not short of fire power from 1-8, it was relatively plain sailing for the Wolverhampton based side.
Over the winter, Australian international Bobby McMillan departed to primary club Coventry for this season’s campaign. He has been replaced by Scotland and Welsh internationals, Mikey Hewitson and Nicky Evans respectively, to give Wednesfield a formidable line up.
Ipswich will be a different prospect this season after strengthening their team with one of the world’s best. Australian international, Cody Chadwick displayed his class in round one against Coventry, bringing in a 19 point haul for the Eagles.
Ipswich are a robust team unit, especially at home. If they can tap into the spirit displayed in the second half against Coventry, which saw them pull back an 11 point deficit, they will give the Aces some real problems in what should be an enjoyable encounter for the neutral.
Poole host their first match of the series at Harbourside Park and face a tough battle against Coventry. The Dorset club will look to domiciled Polish duo of Maciej Ganczarek and Greg Gluchowski.
However, there are doubts over captain Gluchowski throughout the season because of work commitments and becoming a father for the first time last summer. Australian champion, Ty Geertsen, makes his way over to Poole in a few weeks’ time and he would have been a handy rider to have around for this fixture.
Coventry are missing Andy Angell from the side that claimed their first ever Elite League victory against Ipswich in round one. World junior number seven, Mason Phillips, is expected to step up to the reserve berth for the Godiva city team. Polish junior Mihal Sassek is likely to make his second appearance of the season.
Coventry displayed great team strength in round one, which will be hard for Poole to break down. Their resistance largely depends on the appearance of Gluchowski, anything but Coventry’s best could see the points stay in Dorset.
This Sunday also sees the opening round of Women’s League racing. The event sees four teams from the midland, northern, south east and south and south Wales regions do battle in a team competition, with elite and intermediate individual competitions following.
Round one of the Women’s League takes place at Wednesfield and starts at 12 noon.