A familiar sight for Belle Vue riders on Monday!

SPEEDWAY: A battling effort in a 48-42 defeat at Belle Vue on Monday earned King’s Lynn a bonus point as they opened their Premiership account.

The Minors & Brady Stars fought back from 12 points down to force a last-heat decider and, although Max Fricke secured the win for the Aces, Niels-Kristian Iversen did enough to ensure the visitors took some reward.

Track conditions were tricky after pre-meeting rain but the Stars made a terrific start with Iversen and Thomas Jørgensen racing clear for a 5-1 opening heat success.

That was cancelled out by the home reserves and the Aces edged in front when Heat 4 provided a surprise result with the Rising Stars out-front, Jack Thomas just missing out to Tom Brennan but taking second place ahead of Brady Kurtz.

The gap remained at two points after six races, but Lewis Kerr fell in Heat 7 and, after an extensive track grade, the Aces began to take control.

They recorded a 5-1 in Heat 8 but the key moment came in Heat 10 when the unbeaten Iversen came in for a tactical substitute ride. The Dane made another fast start and looked to have the beating of Fricke but the Australian reeled him in and produced a brilliant move to win.

Iversen defeated Kurtz in Heat 11 to claw two points back and they were right back in business when Richie Worrall and Lawson struck a 5-1 in Heat 12. Captain Josh Pickering and Iversen cut the gap to four points before Kerr won Heat 14 to keep the Stars in contention going into the last race.

Team manager Alex Brady said: “The boys showed some serious guts and resolve to bring a point back to Norfolk.”

Belle Vue Aces 48: Wright 12+1, Fricke 12, Brennan 8+3, Kurtz 6, Palm Toft 5+1, Blodorn 5, Etheridge r/r.

Stars 42: Iversen 14, Lawson 7+1, Pickering 7, Jørgensen 4+1, Worrall 4+1, Kerr 3, Thomas 3.