Lions face challenge from quality line-up
Leicester Lions will be testing themselves against the sport's top flight at Beaumont Park tonight (7.30).
Birmingham Brummies, Coventry Bees and Wolverhampton, all members of the Elite League, take on the Lions in the Midlands Fours team tournament.
The competition will be run over 16 heats, with one rider from each team in a race.
The Elliott-sponsored Lions have named Magnus Karlsson, Lasse Bjerre, Jan Graversen and Linus Eklof as their quartet.
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They completed their home Premier League programme last Sunday with a win against Workington.
It completed a clean sweep of 12 victories on their home track, the first time a Leicester team has achieved the feat in 35 seasons of league competition.
Captain Kauko Nieminen, who led the side to the club record, is not considered for tonight as he has a prior engagement in Germany.
The meeting will give Lions fans the chance to see the Argentinian Nicolas Covatti, a new name to British speedway.
Covatti, who recently joined Birmingham, was a wild card in the Italian Grand Prix last month. In only his third appearance for his new club, he was top scorer in the West Midlands derby against Wolverhampton at Perry Barr.
Covatti will be joined by the Brummies' captain Danny King, Josh Auty and Chris Mills.
Wolverhampton have named a strong foursome that is headed by Nicolai Klindt and Ty Proctor.
One man to look out for is Jacob Thorssell, who impressed spectators on his first visit to Leicester last month when he scored nine points in the Pride of the Midlands event. The Wolves team is completed by Pontus Aspgren.
Max Fricke, a trialist, will be riding for Coventry and has already made people sit up and take notice.
Fricke delivered a dazzling performance on his first appearance on a British track last month in the Matthew Wethers Testimonial Meeting.
The Australian finished ahead of Kevin Doolan and Magnus Karlsson in his opening ride – the first time he had ridden a 500cc speedway bike in a competitive race.
Just to prove it was no fluke, he then beat James Grieves, Joe Screen, Charles Wright and Matthew Wethers.
As a result, Fricke is being watched by a number of clubs.
Joining him in the Coventry team is Michal Szczepaniak, while their other two riders have yet to be confirmed.