Belle Vue Aces v Ipswich Witches


Sports Insure Premiership R1 2023

National Speedway StadiumKirkmanshulme Lane, Manchester, M12 4WB

55 - 35


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Monday, June 5, 2023 7:30 pm Sports Insure Premiership R1 2023 Belle Vue win the aggregate point


BELLE Vue swept to a 55-35 home win over Ipswich to move back to the top of the Sports Insure Premiership table.

The Aces took match and aggregate points in an impressive display which saw them limit the Witches to just two race wins, both of them coming from Emil Sayfutdinov.

Home skipper Brady Kurtz scored 13+1 from five rides, dropping his only point when Sayfutdinov (10) steamed through on the inside on the last lap of a thrilling Heat 4.

Jaimon Lidsey was also in the major points for the Aces as he won four races for a 12-point total, and Dan Bewley added ten from four rides in a powerful all-round display.

Lidsey said: “It was great for us to get another fantastic win, especially after last week against Wolverhampton. It was a bit of a reality check for us, that one to be honest.

“Ipswich are a team of racers and we expected them to come here and put us under pressure, and they’re not a side that you can afford to take for granted.

“We have that strength in depth that we can call on if someone is struggling, and we showed what we’re capable of with this win, and we’ve gone top of the table for good measure.”

Witches boss Ritchie Hawkins said: “I didn’t feel we were as far off as the scoreline suggests. We got ourselves in good positions at times and just made mistakes. They were very, very slight errors but the Belle Vue boys really took advantage and showed their home track knowledge.

“We’ve ridden here enough times now and certainly when we come back, we need to not make those mistakes again, because we’re going to get punished. We did last season and we have done again tonight.”

BELLE VUE 55: Brady Kurtz 13+1, Jaimon Lidsey 12, Dan Bewley 10, Charles Wright 7+1, Norick Blodorn 7+1, Tom Brennan 5, Jake Mulford 1+1.
IPSWICH 35: Emil Sayfutdinov 10, Jason Doyle 9+1, Keynan Rew 5, Joe Thompson 3+3, Ben Barker 3+1, Danny King 3, Danyon Hume 2.
Belle Vue win the aggregate point

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