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Fantastic Result

WORKINGTON Comets are riding on the crest of a wave at the moment after their superb win against Ipswich last week.

To beat one of the title favourites is one thing but to do it so convincingly in their own back yard is quite another.

That result has certainly lifted the spirits of all the Comets fans with no completed speedway match at Derwent Park since May 26.

Team spirit in the camp is at an all time high and although it was a fantastic result we cannot afford to get carried away.

There is still a long way to go with a lot of fixtures still to be raced and anything can happen and the team have got it spot on when they say they are just taking one match at a time.

Successive home matches against Newcastle and Somerset will give us another indication of how far we have come but with a full strength team we look a match for anybody in the league.

Let us hope we just don’t have to use either the dreaded ‘i’ or ‘r’ word any more times this season.

IT was another decent Grand Prix meeting at the weekend and before the match all eyes were on the battle at the top of the standings between Greg Hancock and Jason Crump.

However, it was debutant Martin Vaculik who came and spoiled the party and took a surprise but nevertheless deserved victory.

The Slovak, the first man from his country to compete in a Grand Prix event, had replaced the injured Jaroslaw Hampel and he became the sixth different winner in as many rounds of the championship as it now heads for its mid season break.

Vaculik has been scoring heavily in the Polish and Swedish leagues and a lot was expected from him but the question was could he do it on the biggest stage of all against the worlds top 16 riders.

The answer to both those questions was a resounding yes and Hampel faces a race against time to be fit for the next round in Croatia at the end of July so if he does not recover from his broken leg in time Vaculik has said he will be there.

It was like a breath of fresh air in the Danish round as wild card Bartosz Zmarzlik recorded a sensational third in the final after some stunning rides in the heats.

But at the top although Hancock was a model of consistency going through to the semi finals before he suffered with bike problems but still extended his lead over Crump who only scored five - losing out in one heat after a tangle with Antonio Lindback which I would not have liked to call even with replays but I think the ref just about got it right.

It wouldn’t be a Grand Prix without a flash point involving Nicki Pedersen the Dane being shoved out the way by Andres Jonsson in his first heat.

Pedersen thought it was an unfair manoeuvre but we know he throws his toys out his pram at the earliest opportunity if things don’t go his way.

And for British fans the less said about Chris Harris the better. After his final appearance two weeks ago there were hopes he had turned the corner but one point was not really what the British number one was looking for.

GREAT news for Great Britain that Tai Woffinden has been given the all clear to return to racing.

The Wolves star has been out of the saddle with a broken scaphoid and there were fears that he could miss Team GB’s World Cup matches if the break didn’t heal.

However, after seeing a specialist he will return on Monday and Woffinden is the kind of rider we need if we are to mount a serious challenge for World Cup glory.

By Paul Crute
Published: July 5, 2012


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