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Belle Vue boss Mark Lemon believes Max Fricke has emerged as “a truly world-class performer” as he joins Kenneth Bjerre at the Aces.

10 / 12 / 2018, 08:29

Belle Vue boss Mark Lemon believes Max Fricke has emerged as “a truly world-class performer” as he joins Kenneth Bjerre in leading Aces’ 2019 side.

The duo are the Manchester team’s first signings for next year, with Fricke installed as captain again and Bjerre returning to the National Speedway Stadium after missing out on a team place last season.

Max was one of the stand-out performers of last season. Each year we’ve had the privilege of witnessing his development from a talented youngster into a truly world-class performer.

Mark Lemon

Lemon serves as Australian team manager and has watched fellow Victorian racer Fricke’s development as one of the nation’s hottest prospects.

He said: “Max was one of the stand-out performers of last season.

"Each year we’ve had the privilege of witnessing his development from a talented youngster into a truly world-class performer.

“He seemed to enjoy his role as team captain and his attitude in that respect was such that we felt he deserved the title again next season, and I’m sure he will rise to the challenge.”

Lemon is also delighted to bring Bjerre back to the club after his 8.00-plus average forced the club to part with him under rules limiting teams to just one signing over that figure for 2018.

He said: “It was a difficult decision for us to have to omit Kenneth from our plans for last year under the 'one-8.00-rider-per-team' regulation.

“He was equally gutted to have missed out, so we’re delighted to have him back for 2019. He’s a highly consistent rider, an extremely professional individual and an all-round team player.

 “We’ve got a lot going on around the club in preparation for the new year, commercially as well as with the teams, and we’ve got some very exciting announcements to make in the coming days.”

 

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