Birmingham Monarchs won the clash of the Monarchs as Leicester were beaten at Perry Hall Playing Fields on Sunday. The home side were never headed after a maximum in heat 2. Birmingham dropped no heat advantages throughout whilst the Monarchs of Leicester were able to draw 12 of the 18 heats. Both teams had riders missing but it was the home side who faired slightly better in the final analysis.
A costly gate exclusion for Marchant in the 7th handed the home club a 7-2 and by the interval Birmingham were 15 points clear (52-37). Luke Draisey, on his Monarchs debut took his 2nd win in heat 10. An impressive performance for someone who has barely been on a bike in 2 seasons!
Ricki Johnson was electric all day, barely being troubled by the opposition on his way to a full maximum. However on a day of solid scoring all riders contributed to the teams total. For the visitors it was former World champion Dave Hemsley who rolled back the years with 18 points, beaten only by Johnson.
MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 99 – Ricki Johnson 20 (5), Ewan Hancox 16+1 (5), Scott Millward 14+3 (5), Chris Timms 14+1(5), Luke Draisey 12 (4), Nathan Groves 10+2 (5), Paul Timms 8 (4), Steve Hodgkinson 5 (3) v LEICESTER MONARCHS 80.
In the 2nd Division match the home side were no match for an experienced Leicester team. The team, full of girl riders made some great decisions on track and took a deserved win. For Birmingham mini Monarchs Connor Steel and Charlie Buet Gannon were in the points whilst Rebekah Humphries also battled hard. Jake Steel top scored.
MIDLAND LEAGUE DIVISION TWO
BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 49 (65 – 16 penalty points) – Jake Steel 13 (5), Connor Steel 12 (5), Ewan Hancox 10+1 (3), Rebekah Humphries 9+1 (5), Phil Widdas 8+1 (3), Charlie Buet Gannon 7+2 (5), Josh Davies 4 (4).
On Saturday mini Monarchs travelled to Kesgrave for 1st round of the Nationals YJL competition which had 132 riders competing over the day.
Charlie Buet Gannon won the C final in the U10’s but got better with each race, saving his best for last.
In the U12’s Connor Steel missed out on the A final by a point, a costly one due to the tapes swinging loose and catching his helmet which put him off and missed by the referee. Worse was to come as he came in 4th in the B final.
Rebekah Humphries missed out on the final stages by one point but rode impressively in a very strong line up.