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Leicester Lions v Oxford Spires

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ROWE Motor Oil Premiership R1 2024

Pidcock Motorcycles Arena1 The Lions, Leicester, LE4 1DZ

54 - 36
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Date Tapes Up Competition Season
Monday, May 27, 2024 7:30 pm ROWE Motor Oil Premiership R1 2024

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LEICESTER moved back into the ROWE Motor Oil Premiership play-off places with an impressive 54-36 home win over Oxford.

Captain Max Fricke scored a 14+1 paid maximum for the Lions, and he combined for three 5-1s with his regular race partner Richard Lawson, who scored 9+2.

Erik Riss (8+1) and Chris Harris (8) were top scorers for the Spires, who now face an uphill battle for the aggregate point when the sides meet again at Cowley next week.

Leicester manager Stewart Dickson said: “It was a good response from last Thursday (at Sheffield). I thought we were due a good performance, and whilst I don’t like singling anyone out, when your No.1 is going well it’s infectious and it runs through the team.

“Max and Richard set the tone, which was very pleasing, and everyone was nice and bubbly which is good to see.

“We had a very causal track walk, up until around the last 30 seconds when I went a wee bit heavier on them with what I expected, and I’d like to think I got a response to that.”

Spires manager Peter Schroeck said: “We were well short of what we wanted from tonight, but it was all about the starts. We just couldn’t get it right at the starts or on the first corners. The Leicester team were simply the better team tonight around their own track – we couldn’t match them.

“I can’t criticise our boys for effort, because they were all putting in their all, but we were left chasing them and also picked up too many last places.

“We stopped Leicester pulling away too much more at the end of the meeting, to give ourselves some chance of the aggregate point.”

LEICESTER 54: Max Fricke 14+1, Richard Lawson 9+2, Sam Masters 9, Ryan Douglas 8+1, Drew Kemp 6, Luke Becker 5+1, Sam Hagon 3+3.
OXFORD 36: Erik Riss 8+1, Chris Harris 8, Maciej Janowski 5+1, Rohan Tungate 5, Charles Wright 5, Craig Cook 4+1, Ashton Boughen 1+1.

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