SPEEDWAY Premier League, Sunday Mildenhall 45 King s Lynn 47 MILDENHALL are still searching for their first Premier League win of the season after losing by two points to King s Lynn in another thrilling local-derby tussle at West Row. The Stars proved
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MILDENHALL are still searching for their first Premier League win of the season after losing by two points to King's Lynn in another thrilling local-derby tussle at West Row.
The Stars proved their tag as championship favourites with three 5-1s in a row to put them 14 points ahead after nine heats and went on to clinch the league points in the penultimate race.
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Mildenhall took an early advantage with Lyons blistering out of the starts to win heat one in 50.62 seconds, marginally slower than Paul Lee's 50.2 track record, and then Jon Armstrong and Barry Burchatt, who sliced underneath Chris Mills on the third turn, teamed up for a 5-1 in the next.
But the lead was short-lived as Moore fought an excellent duel with Australian Kevin Doolan for second place in heat three, with the Stars rider finding the dirt out by the boards on the final bend to snatch second behind his team-mate Trevor Harding by a wheel's length.
A tight turn in heat four saw Burchatt push John Oliver hard, resulting in him hitting the deck and the ref awarded all four back in a re-run that Daniel King won comfortably.
Heat six saw James Brundle caught out by Tomas Topinka's dive for the inside line, sending the home man sprawling and excluded from the re-run.
Then the Stars turned the match on its head with three successive maximum heat wins.
Heat eight saw Burchatt lead only to be past by both Lynn riders before hitting the deck, and in the next Jason King was excluded as he found some unwanted grip and clattered into team-mate Moore who was on a tactical ride.
In the re-run, Moore did everything he could to split the away pairing with his all-action style that is sure to make him a real crowd pleaser, losing out on second place only by inches on the line to Mills.
Staring defeat in the face, Horton gambled on Lyons in another tactical ride in heat ten, and he went on to grab second and a 5-3 advantage but the Fen Tigers were still left trailing 37-25.
Successive wins by Daniel King, Jon Armstrong and Jason Lyons, the latter with King for a 5-1 in heat 13, left Mildenhall six points behind and needing a 4-2 and 5-1 advantage from the remaining two heats to snatch an unlikely point.
But Doolan maintained his unbeaten record with a win from the tapes in heat 14 to clinch two league points, only to see that record end in the final heat as Lyons and Daniel King again teamed up for a 5-1.
Mildenhall are back in action on Sunday at West Row at 3.30pm against Glasgow in a Premier League fixture.
Mildenhall Academy showed plenty of grit and determination in their match against Buxton, but it was not enough to stop them going down to a 55-38 defeat.