24/05/2011, 12:24

Swindon have postponed the test match between Team Great Britain and Australia due to be held at the Abbey Stadium on Thursday, June 2 due to issues over rider availability.

In a press release issued on Tuesday morning, the Robins confirmed “a conflict of fixtures was making life difficult for the team managers.”

Club co-owner Terry Russell said: “It’s regrettable that we have had to make this decision, but we feel it’s the correct one in the best interests of the sport. We must emphasise that the other two tests at Poole on Wednesday (June 1) and Lakeside on Friday (June 3) will definitely go ahead.”

Depending on the outcome of the first two tests, a re-staging date for the Swindon leg will be announced later in the season.

Meanwhile, the Robins have confirmed Simon Stead will make his return to the team for the first time in almost two months when they host Belle Vue at the Abbey on Thursday. But as they welcome one rider back, Swindon have lost Maciej Janowski due to an international commitment.

Russell said: “It’s great to have Simon back, but just as we thought we’d have seven riders for the first time in ages we have lost Magic for the night. Hopefully rider replacement will prove to be successful once again.”

According to the Robins, Stead is “devastated” to have missed out on a wild card for the British Final at Wolverhampton next month after the BSPA handed home rider Tai Woffinden and Coventry and Sheffield youngster Josh Auty the two seeded spots in the meeting.

The Team Great Britain international has been suffering from a serious injury in the rib area which has seen muscle torn away from the bone, and missed his semi-final at Scunthorpe as a result.

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