Speedway – Eagles off to winning start

Eastbourne made a winning start to the 2012 season by thumping Belle Vue 55-40 at the Arlington Stadium on Saturday night.

All of the home riders won at least one race as the Lifestyle Eagles motored into top gear after a wobbly start.

The margin of victory would have been greater had not Joonas Kylmakorpi fallen twice and Simon Gustafsson and Lewis Bridger both hitting the dirt once each.

Bridger recovered and showed excellent speed in the closing stages as he won both heats 13 and 15.

Russian Denis Gizatullin made a winning start to his Eastbourne career by taking the chequered flag in heat 2.