THE hottest ticket in speedway is coming to Arlington on Monday night (7.30pm). Emil Sayfutdinov will lead the Coventry Bees in their Elite League match against an Eastbourne team which hasn’t ridden for a month.
The Russian rider is the one all the fans want to see. As Eagles’ team manager Trevor Geer said: “He’s fast and fearless.” Few thought he would ever ride in Britain but the Coventry management pulled off a coup when they managed to persuade him to ride for them after Hans Andersen was injured.
While the Eagles have been waiting for their season to re-start, Poole have pulled away at the top and it is mighty close now for the other three play-off positions.
The Eastbourne management have sent a memo to all team members telling them they need to up their game and return to the form they were in at the beginning of the season. The big danger is that they will be caught cold after such a long time away from Arlington, although Geer was hoping to arrange a practice session for the team.
The club believes three points from every home match and one point from each away match will secure a coveted play-off place come September.
Eagles now go into a busy period with trips to Wolverhampton, Swindon and King’s Lynn all on the agenda before the end of the month.
Teams (in riding order): Eastbourne – Pedersen, Dryml, Gustafsson, Bridger, Kylmakorpi, Woodward, Lahti. Coventry - Sayfutdinov, Larsen, Fisher, Pawlicki, Kennett, Auty, McGowan.