Pirates claim victory over leaders Aces, but meeting marred by bad crash. 28th June 2019
Poole Pirates 37 Belle Vue Aces 35
By Peter Moore
Poole had declared their full one-to-seven for the first time this season against league leaders Belle Vue Aces, but by late in the evening this had reduced to just four fit riders.
Nikolaj Busk Jakobson had reported ill earlier in the day, and by heat eight Pirates had lost two riders due to a very bad crash. Arguably the big crowd were treated to the race of the night with Nico Covatti chasing Aces Dimitri Berge when disaster struck on the third lap when the Italian lost control of his bike and skewed across the track right in the path of his partner Richie Worrall. Both riders needed extensive medical attention, with both eventually being taken to hospital in an ambulance.
As of Friday, the club were still awaiting to hear results of scans for both riders, with Worrall having sustained an ankle injury and Covatti damage to his ribs.
Earlier on the meting started with the points shared in the opening heat. Pirates nudged ahead in the next heat with a 4-2, compliments of Covatti and reserve rider Paul Starke guesting. By heat four Pirates had exyended the lead to four points after an excellent race that saw home favourite Brady Kurtz get the better of Scott Nicholls- guesting for the Aces- with Starke claiming third place. An terrific tussle between Josh Grajczonek edge out the in form Max Fricke, with Nicolai Klindt picking up a point to give Poole a six point buffer to lead 18-12 after five heats.
The only 5-1 of the night fell to the visitors in heat seven when Steve Worrall teamed up with Dan Bewley to drag the Aces back into the contest, by cutting the gap to two points. Pirates held a two-point advantage going into heat eight, but after Covatti was disqualified for the cause of the crash, Belle Vue picked up a 4-2, thanks to Berge and Jaimon Lidsey. A lengthy delay ensued of over an hour, with racing eventually resuming at 10 pm. With the curfew of 10.15 looming, every effort was made to squeeze in as many heats as possible, although time only allowed for four heats, with a 4-2 to the home side pushing them back into the lead in the meeting by two points, before three more heats were shared, with Poole winning the meeting 37-35.
Captain Grajczonek top scored for Pirates with eight points, with fine contributions from Worrall 6, Klindt 6+1 and Kurtz 6 points. For Aces, Fricke picked up 8 points with Bewley weighing in with 8+2 and Nicholls 7.