|Isle of Wight 'Islanders' v. Sheffield PIRTEK 'Tigers'||Premier League||28th June|
Referee: Mick Posslewhite
|1. Chris Holder||7.00||fx||3||2||3||3||2||13|
|2. Jason Bunyan r/r||6.84||-||-||-||-||(6)|
|3. Jason Doyle||5.01||3||0||2||0||3||8|
|4. Krystof Stojanowski||6.49||3||2'||3||1'||3||0||12+2|
|5. Ray Morton||7.19||2||2||0||0||4|
|6. Chris Johnson||(B)||3||1||fx||1||0||5|
|7. Nick Simmons||(B)||0||1'||1'||0||2+2|
|1. Ricky Ashworth||7.94||2||2||3||1'||1||9+1|
|2. Ben Wilson||6.25||1'||1'||3||2'||7+3|
|3. Kyle Legault||6.32||0||1||x2||2||3|
|4. Emiliano Sanchez||7.08||1||3||2||2||8|
|5. André Compton ©||9.66||3||2||3||2||3||13|
|6. Paul Cooper||(B)||2||0||0||1'||1'||1'||5+3|
|7. Benji Compton||(B)||1'||0||0||-||1+1|
| Track record = 67.8
Craig Boyce, 31 May 2005
The Tigers went into this meeting brimming with confidence after their win at Berwick. The Islanders used rider replacement to cover for the injured Jason Bunyan. Krystof Stojanowski was the replacement in heat 1 and he appeared to have broken down when Chris Holder fell on the first lap, so he was lucky that he was allowed into the rerun, even luckier because he won it! Chris Johnson rode a blinder of a race in heat 2 moving through the field and rounding Cooperman off the last bend to claim the win. Jason Doyle won heat 3 with the Islanders skipper passing Emiliano on the last lap to put the home side four points ahead. André made it look easy as he streaked away from Ray Morton to win heat 4, but it was another shared heat as Nick Simmons passed Benji to claim third. Krystof was back out again in heat 5 and he took another win but Jason Doyle was shut out by the determined Sheffield pairing.
The Islanders extended their lead in heat 6 with Chris Holder showing André a clean pair of heels and rider replacement Chris Johnson once again getting the better of Cooperman. Emiliano was leading heat 7 with Kyle climbing all over Ray Morton when Chris Johnson fell at the back of the field on lap two. Strange decision by the referee who chose to award the race as it stood. Chris Holder was r/r in heat 8 but he could only follow Ben Wilson who stormed from the gate for an important win. Unfortunately Benji trailed Nick and it was another shared heat. André was caught napping at the start of heat 9 and had his work cut out as he first picked off Cooperman, and then Krystof before dragging past Jason on the last lap for a fantastic win. Jason was r/r in heat 10 which was stopped for first bend bunching with Kyle's bike wrecked as it hit the fence. Kyle wasn't a happy chappy and there was a lot of pointless gesturing before he returned to the pits. With the seconds ticking away Kyle made it to the startline, but then turned back for some further adjustment and his exclusion light came on. The angry young man destroyed the starting tapes and picked up a hefty fine for doing so! It was Cooperman who eventually took to the track in his place although the saga continued when Emiliano was called back for taking a flyer! When the chequered flag eventually fell on heat 10 it was Chris Holder who took it first although Cooperman rode well to deny Jason and share the heat.
Ricky and Ben put us back in the match with a comfortable win in heat 11 with Ray Morton well off the pace. Kyle gave it everything in heat 12 but just couldn't get past Jason and Cooperman's third place kept the score level. Chris Holder flew from the traps and didn't put a wheel wrong as he won heat 13 but Ray couldn't live with the Sheffield top pair. Krystof won heat 14 from the tapes but Cooperman (in for Benji) gained his revenge by beating Chris Johnson as he followed Emiliano home for another shared heat to set up a classic last heat decider. Chris Holder and Krystof were nominated for the home team, and André and Ricky for the Tigers. André and Chris had a classic scrap for the lead, as did Ricky and Krystof for third place and in a nail biting conclusion it was the Tigers who held on in both battles to put the Tigers ahead for the first time all evening, just when it counted!
The Tigers were good value and adapted well to the big track with good grip out wide and the crowd were treated to some classic speedway.
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