Belle Vue travel to Wolverhampton looking to spoil Rory Schlein's swan song season
League leaders Belle Vue travel to Wolverhampton live on Eurosport on Monday. They'll be out to spoil the swan song season fir Wolves' captain Rory Schlein. They'll also have to contend with legendary boss Peter Adams. In his latest column David Rowe looks at the meet. You can watch it live on Eurosport 2 from 19:30 (BST) to get all the action.
Rory Schlein In Action Discovery Networks Eurosport Speedway Season Launch at the National Speedway Stadium, Manchester on Wednesday 12th May 2021
Belle Vue, meanwhile, have been waiting since way back in 1993 to win a top-league title – and whilst the play-off format did not operate in those days, that battle went right to the wire between the two clubs with the Aces snatching the old British League Division One at Monmore in the very last race by a single point.
Wolverhampton are managed by the sport’s most successful team boss, Peter Adams, and captain Rory Schlein is determined to bow out in style as he enters his final season in the sport.
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Schlein said: “Chris (Van Straaten) and Pete have been able to keep the main body of the team together.
Obviously we had to say goodbye to Jacob (Thorssell) with how everything was structured this year, but the base of the side has remained the same and has done for a few years now.
“A lot of our guys ride Wolves really well, so we’re going to be strong at home, and obviously with it being a shorter season it’s going to be very important that we pick up as many away points as possible.
“We’ve seen some wild results in play-offs in the past, but the main goal is to make sure you’re in the top four so you have a chance of getting to the Final.”
Wolves are racing as a team for the first time this season, with rising USA star Broc Nicol making his debut along with Tom Bacon in a new-look reserve combination.
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Schlein said: “We’ve brought in Tom as the Rising Star but I think we’re going to have that transition where guys will be dropping down to reserve and going up into the main body, which I think is important.
“You need strong reserves to be in contention to win the league, and if we’ve got strong reserves we’re definitely going to be there at the pointy end!”