LEICESTER stage their biggest meeting since returning to the top-flight with the visit of Sheffield to the Pidcock Motorcycles Arena, Beaumont Park on Monday (7.30pm).

The Watling JCB Lions have been inactive since a terrific home win over Wolverhampton at the beginning of the month, and now look to make it back-to-back wins on their own circuit in the Sports Insure Premiership.

But it’s set to be a major test with the Tigers travelling with plenty of track expertise in their ranks, and with Australian star Jack Holder – hugely unfortunate not to win last weekend’s Grand Prix in Warsaw – at No.1.

Meanwhile spectacular Pole Tobaisz Musielak was impressive at the venue in his visits with Swindon in 2017-18, and skipper Kyle Howarth led the Lions in the last two seasons at Championship level.

But the Lions are keen to focus on their own strengths and although short of team action in recent weeks, the majority of their riders have kept active and scoring well.

No.1 Max Fricke enjoyed a positive GP himself before scoring 15 for his Polish club Grudziadz on Friday, whilst Richard Lawson made a successful guest appearance for Peterborough at King’s Lynn where he was unbeaten from his first five rides.

Leicester manager Stewart Dickson said: “After a good win over Wolverhampton last time out, we were eager to maintain the momentum and it’s a shame that was lost with the rain-off last time against King’s Lynn.

“But we now have to focus on what is going to be a very tough test against Sheffield, and we have to keep looking at things from the same perspective.

“This meeting offers us the chance to get another two points, and our aim will be to get those on the board as quickly as we can and then try and win by as many as we can, if indeed we do win on the night!

“There is a lot of talent in the Sheffield team but we have to concentrate on what we need to do. It’s exactly the same riding order for us, nothing has changed, we’re sticking to the same thing and we’d very much like the same performance and result as against Wolverhampton!”

Supporters are advised that the parade will take place shortly after 7.20pm, with Heat 1 approximately 12 minutes later.

Stadium access information for vehicle drivers is also available on the club website, with a section of Beaumont Way closed but no impact on parking arrangements.

It’s a busy week for the Lions as they also visit Ipswich in the Sports Insure Premiership on Thursday, whilst the Lion Cubs are back in action at the Pidcock Motorcycles Arena, Beaumont Park on Saturday when they host Kent.

LEICESTER: Max Fricke, Justin Sedgmen, Richard Lawson, Chris Harris, Nick Morris, Jake Allen, Dan Thompson.
SHEFFIELD: Jack Holder, Kyle Howarth, David Bellego, Tobiasz Musielak, Adam Ellis, Lewis Kerr, Dan Gilkes.

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