Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Nobody's Bigger Than the Club, Says Bears Manager; SPEEDWAY

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Nobody's Bigger Than the Club, Says Bears Manager; SPEEDWAY

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NO-ONE is bigger than the club insists Jitendra Duffill in the wake of a less than harmonious Redcar roaring to their biggest win of the season against Berwick.

Lasse Bjerre was stripped of the captaincy before the SG Petch Bears powered to a 47-31 success in a rain-curtailed encounter and the Dane made it crystal clear that he now wants a move away.

A storm erupted nearly two weeks ago when Bjerre and team-mate Jonas Andersen clashed angrily during and after a race at an individual event at Peterborough and the atmosphere has turned very frosty between them.

Team boss Duffill claims that Bjerre has not spoken to his fellow Dane or himself since and that the situation has become untenable.

"When a rider is not talking to either his team-mate or his team manager it becomes impossible for him to be captain," pointed out Duffill, who was forced to stress to Bjerre that his initial reaction to Andersen inadvertently impeding him during a frenetic and sometimes no-holds barred race at Peterbrorough - physically running into his fellow countryman on the slow down lap - was unacceptable.

"Jonas accidentally got out of shape a couple of times but apologised afterwards, and I can understand why at the time Lasse was annoyed, but his actions afterwards were dangerous and could have resulted in serious injury."

Bjerre, who has bravely battled back from a serious hip injury sustained last July, has recently regained the form that made him one of his country's brightest prospects in recent years and his departure would be a major blow to the Bears hopes of avoiding a second successive wooden spoon.

But the Premier League strugglers looked anything like a side which had only won three league matches all season prior to Thursday's impressive triumph.

Bjerre more than played his part with a battling 7+1 but it was Australian Hugh Skidmore and new skipper David Bellego, who led the way with blistering performances. …

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