February 27, 2021

Frustrated Davey admits call-off was the correct decision

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Mitchell Davey admitted it was a frustrating night as Swindon Robins’ home meeting against Leicester Lions was abandoned without a race being completed although he maintained the decision was the correct one.

The meeting was called off after three riders crashed out on the opening lap with Leicester’s Grand Prix star Martin Vaculik taken to hospital with a leg injury on what was his debut ride in the Premiership.

After a lengthy delay, the match referee decided to abandon the meeting and Davey believes the correct was made.

“We did track walk and everything looked fine but it is cold again, it is foggy and there is a bit of moisture in the air and the later the night goes on the more the moisture is going to come up,” Davey told Your Sport’s Nick Taylor.

“Boys went out for heat one it was tricky enough you never see four riders go backwards into a corner. Disappointing you want to race your bike properly you want good conditions.

“You instantly know it is not right, they are not amateur riders.

“Hopefully it (the injury) is not as bad as first thought.”

Heat one looked to have got off to a clean start with Robins’ Nick Morris gating well to lead from teammate Adam Ellis.

However, on bend three Morris uncharacteristically crashed out with Leicester duo Martin Vaculik  and Michael Palm Toft also tumbling down.

After a delay, in which Vaculik departed the Abbey Stadium for the Great Western Hospital in the back of an ambulance due to leg injuries sustained, the match referee decided to abandon the meeting due to the rain.

The abandonment leaves both Swindon and Leicester having failed to complete a Premiership meeting with Robins next due to ride at Poole Pirates on Wednesday followed by a home meeting against the Kings Lynn All Stars on Thursday.

Click on the video below to watch Nick Taylor’s interview with Mitchell Davey.

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