Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BEARS REIGN AS THE RAIN BRINGS A HALT; Speedway

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BEARS REIGN AS THE RAIN BRINGS A HALT; Speedway

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Byline: MARTIN NEAL

THEY beat Rye House Rockets to keep the pressure on at the top of the Premier League, but they couldn't beat the weather.

Redcar Bears cut the gap on leaders Workington to a point thanks to a three-point haul at South Tees Motorsports Park.

But the meeting was abandoned with the Bears leading 36-27 after 10 heats - the earliest point at which a result can be declared - when referee Michael Breckon deemed the track unraceable because of the rain that had started to come down.

Opinion was split on the decision with Rockets boss Len Silver and some of his riders insisting that racing could have continued.

But Ecco Finishing Bears team manager Jitendra Duffill said: "Over half the riders deemed the track to not be rideable.

"It was kind of rideable but it was certainly dangerous and it was still raining after it had been called off, and it was getting worse.

"The referee had a tough call but I certainly think he made the right decision."

It was a painful and expensive night for No 1 Ulrich Ostergaard who hurt his left leg - the one he injured in Denmark earlier this month which ruled him out of the Bears' recent PL match at Glasgow - and wrote his bike off in heat one.

The Danish star went round Kasper Lykke on the last lap but his compatriot picked up drive after diving inside coming round the final bend, clattering Ostergaard and sending him into the fence at full pelt on the finish line.

"I fix for free but unfortunately the bike doesn't," reflected Ostergaard, who confirmed he would nevertheless be OK to ride in Sunday's League Cup clash at Newcastle.

Micky Dyer and Mitchell Davey, the latter in his final meeting for the club with Max Dilger back at the weekend, put the Bears in front with a second heat 4-2 and they never looked like losing their lead.

They had a spot of luck when heat three was restarted after Anders Mellgren fell.

The impressive Jason Garrity was leading when the red lights came on but was beaten out of the traps at the second time of asking. …

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