Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dilger and Bears Too Hot for Devils; Speedway

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Dilger and Bears Too Hot for Devils; Speedway

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FLYING reserve Max Dilger had his best ever night in British speedway as Redcar Bears won 48-42 at Plymouth.

The German World Cup star - usually more at home on the bigger tracks - stormed to two wins and a pair of paid victories as he racked up a paid 16 total.

Matej Kus also confirmed he had made giant strides on the tighter tracks with two wins in a paid 10 return on the tiny St Boniface Arena circuit.

He scored just one point there last summer but looked a different rider this time around.

"It was a fantastic all-round performance," purred team manager Jitendra Duffill.

"Even though Rob Branford only scored one, he battled for that point.

"Special mention must go to Max and Matej.

"In the past they have struggled on smaller tracks, but what they did last night proves their commitment and the improvement they have made."

The Devils had initially announced they were to use rider replacement for heat leader Cory Gathercole who was on World Long-track Championship duty.

But they were informed by the BSPA that, because he was absent to ride in practice rather than the meeting itself, the rulebook did not allow for such a facility so National League guest Brendan Johnson was drafted in.

With Ben Barker also absent and Robert Ksiezak making his debut, the Practical Car and Van Rental Bears had sensed the opportunity of an away win.

They made a sticky start with Carl Wilkinson disqualified from the opening race for touching the tapes and Dilger falling on the first turn next time out, although he picked himself up to win the re-run.

A 4-2 to Redcar in heat three levelled things up and when Kus and Rob Branford followed suit in heat six, the visitors were ahead for the first time.

Ksiezak fell while on a 5-1 with James Holder early in heat eight but Kus and Dilger made no mistake next time out as they roared to a maximum heat advantage to stretch the Bears' lead to 30-24. …

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