SOMERSET 50 ROBINS 40

Wednesday May 16, 2018
ZACH Wajtknecht argued Swindon had warranted a point from a 50-40 defeat at Somerset that was blighted by track problems.

Riders complained that the Oaktree Arena surface had too much grip with frequent breaks to try to blade off the excess delaying the meeting.

The CFS Filtration Robins had stayed in touch throughout as top scorer Troy Batchelor closed an eight-point deficit with victory in a tactical substitute ride in heat nine and followed up with another chequered flag.

The tide appeared to have turned when Nick Morris and Adam Ellis bagged a maximum in heat 11 only for ex-Swindon charger Bradley Wilson-Dean and Charles Wright to overtake Batchelor to return the favour in the 12th.

Heat advantages were traded to make the gap six points going into the nominated race but world champion Jason Doyle pinned Batchelor in the first bend and Jack Holder proved too hot to handle for Tobiasz Musielak around the outside from a fruitful gate four.

“It was close through the meeting, there was a lot of time taken up by preparing the track which was not a good thing and it caught me out,” said Wajtknecht.

“The surface went from being really grippy to very slick and there was probably a bit of inexperience on my part.

“From my point of view it changed things. I made tweaks, just not the ones I needed to but you learn from it and move on to the next one.

“Overall the meeting was pretty close. The lads battled and I think we deserved a point.”

Swindon have the chance to bounce straight back in a third meeting in four days tomorrow (Thursday) when Wolverhampton visit Blunsdon (7.30).

SOMERSET 50: Bradley Wilson-Dean 12, Jason Doyle 11+1, Jack Holder 10+1, Richard Lawson 6+1, Jake Allen 5+2, Charles Wright 5+1, Ashley Morris 1+1.

SWINDON 40: Troy Batchelor 12+1, Adam Ellis 7+1, Nick Morris 6, David Bellego 5, Zach Wajtknecht 4+1, Tobiasz Musielak 4, Jack Smith 2.


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