October 21st, 2016

Bees begin Elite League campaign with Wolves win

Updated: 3:10 pm, May 07, 2015

DANNY King hailed the team spirit in the Bees camp after getting their Elite League campaign off to a winning start away at local rivals Wolverhampton.

Visiting captain Peter Karlsson was in vintage form and racked up a remarkable 20-point haul, but that was almost half of his side’s points, whereas the Bees gave a much more solid all-round display to claim a narrow 50-42 win on Friday.

They recovered from the setback of conceding a 5-1 in the opening heat to go 12-points clear at the halfway stage.

But there was work to do again when a Wolves fightback cut the gap to just a single point before Heats 12 and 13 decided the match in the home side’s favour.

All members of the Bees side had at least one win or paid win, and the result was achieved without Stuart Robson, who had crashed at Redcar on Thursday, with his Bears team-mate Matej Kus stepping in and taking the flag in Heat 5.

King said: “I think we showed a lot of strength and when they pulled it back to one point we kept our cool, had a bit of a chat and it just goes to show the team we’ve got, to respond like that.

“I’m really happy with the races I won, and obviously really disappointed with the two lasts, which were mistakes that I made. I’m confident the bikes are going good, so it’s just down to me to smooth things out a bit.

“PK (Peter Karlsson) was flying but I knew if I could get in front of him on the first corner I could win, I concentrated on getting there first and I like riding wide out there. I couldn’t have gone much further, but that’s where you’ve got to be!”

Bees were due to be back in action on Monday evening for the return trip to Wolverhampton but the meeting was postponed due to the wet and windy weather conditions at Monmore.

Wolves promoter Chris Van Straaten said: “We have looked at several weather forecasts from various agencies and all say the same, so this is the sensible decision.

“Ironically the track is perfect at this moment and if the meeting was starting now we would be looking for Freddie Lindgren to go out there and take the track record.

“We are enemies on track, but I would like to thank Coventry for their instant co-operation in agreeing to a new date for this meeting of Monday April 27.”