Ace performance sees Stars get back to winning ways
The King's Lynn Stars answered team boss Rob Lyon's call for a big improvement as they bounced back to winning ways with a 50-40 home victory over the Belle Vue Aces.
Lyon's troops looked a totally different side from the one which suffered home humiliation at the hands of Coventry the previous week, with a rejuvenated Troy Batchelor helping the hosts overcome their recent struggles.
Batchelor was backed up by both Niels-Kristian Iversen and Lewis Rose, riding in the main body of the team for only the second time, while Robert Lambert displayed glimpses of his imperious best.
Danish youngster Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, 22, made his long-awaited debut in place of Kai Huckenbeck as the Stars went into the meeting with the unusual luxury of a full-strength line-up.
Lynn rattled off three 4-2s in the opening three races before the Lamberts produced a repeat of their heat four heroics against the Bees seven days earlier with the first 5-1 of the night.
But it was the manner of the home maximum which left Stars' fans on their feet as Robert came from the back of the field to glide pass the Belle Vue pairing and pip team-mate Simon to victory on the line.
The Aces had to wait until heat six for their first heat advantage of the night when Matej Zagar took the chequered flag ahead of Lambert and Craig Cook behind him.
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After a tapes-to-flag victory for Iversen in a shared heat seven, the Worralls got the better of the Lamberts in the next to reduce Lynn's advantage to six points.
Rose made it back-to-back race victories by taking the honours in heat nine and Batchelor's second success of the evening maintained the Stars' small lead going into the interval.
The side's traded 4-2s before the Aces reduced the gap to just four points in heat 13 when Zagar headed Iversen to hand the Dane his first defeat of the night.
But Lynn wrapped up the points in the penultimate outing when an inspired Batchelor combined with Robert Lambert for another 5-1.
A satisfactory and much-improved evening's work was completed with another heat advantage from Iversen and Robert Lambert in the last.
Lynn Stars: Niels-Kristian Iversen 14 (5), Lewis Rose 8 (4), Troy Batchelor 9 (4), Robert Lambert 10+1 (5), Mads Korneliussen 1 (4), Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen 1 (4), Simon Lambert 7+1 (4).
Belle Vue Aces: Matej Zagar 10 (5), Steve Worrall 8+1 (5), Scott Nicholls 4 (4), Max Fricke 4+1 (4), Craig Cook 4 (4), Richie Worrall 9+1 (5), Joe Jacobs 1 (3).
Both Lambert and Iversen will miss tonight's return trip to the Aces.
The Stars will use rider-replacement for Iversen in Manchester, while Kai Huckenbeck will deputise for Lambert as the Norfolk outfit make full use of their squad.