Eastbourne Eagles are struggling to find any sort of form away from home. The defeat at Wolverhampton on Monday was the third on the bounce.
The injuries suffered by top riders is exacting a heavy price.
Joonas Kylmakorpi went only as far as bend one in heat one at King’s Lynn before crashing; ruling him out until next month.
And things went from bad to worse when Simon Gustafsson was injured in a Polish practice match – ruling him out of the trip to Wolves.
The Eagles team was built on the basis of strength in depth and, as a result, the injuries are hitting hard.
There is no big number one to “paper over the cracks”, which show up particularly away from Arlington.