SPEEDWAY: King’s Lynn No.1 Richard Lawson suffered a suspected broken collarbone in heavy 54-36 defeat at Wolverhampton on Monday.
The British ace crashed out of his second ride, in what was another bitter blow for the Minors & Brady Stars.
Alex Brady’s men have shown signs of improvement in recent times, including a home draw against Wolves last time out.
However, the league leaders had way too much for the Norfolk outfit as they continued their push for top spot.
After conceding a 5-1 in the opening race, the Stars’ reserves looked set to respond with a maximum of their own in Heat 2. However, although Connor Mountain took the win, Kasper Andersen was passed by Broc Nicol.
Lewis Kerr and Erik Riss claimed a share of the spoils in Heat 3 before the hosts produced a dominant spell to seize control.
They gained four 5-1s in the space of five races – and it was in Heat 5 where the Stars’ night took that major turn for the worse.
Lawson was chasing in-form Ryan Douglas, while also trying to fend off a hard-charging Nick Morris.
On lap three, the Wolves man roared under Lawson and his rival tumbled into the air fence and was ruled out of the remainder of the meeting.
Kerr and Thomas Jorgensen led 4-2s in Heats 7 and 9 and were unlucky in the two races that followed. Riss and Kerr both led out of the final bends of Heats 10 and 11 but Wolves No.1 Sam Masters, and then home captain Rory Schlein, produced fine last-gasp manoeuvres to snatch further race victories away.
Riss recorded his first race victory in Heat 12 when he rode smartly to fend off Morris.
Jorgensen and Kerr did produce an impressive consolation 5-1 in the last race.
Team manager Alex Brady said: “It’s not a fair reflection on the efforts.
“The lads battled deep but losing Rich in his second ride was really tough.
“Trying to plug the gaps with injury rider replacement and tac subs and reserve switches is difficult to manage and juggle but the boys gave it everything.
“We dug in, we did everything we could and I’m proud of their efforts.”
Wolverhampton 54: S Masters 12, R Douglas 11, R Schlein 9, L Becker 8+2, N Morris 5+1, B Nicol 5+1, L Flint 4+2.
King’s Lynn Stars 36: T Jorgensen 11, L Kerr 9+1, E Riss 7+1, C Mountain 5, B Barker 2, K Andersen 2, R Lawson 0.