Coventry Bees meeting at Rye House on Sunday has been postponed.
Rye House have issued the following statement:
Rye House have reluctantly taken the decision to call off this coming Sunday’s scheduled challenge match at Hoddesdon between the BMR Rockets and Coventry.
Central to the cancellation was the unavailability of star Chris Harris for the originally planned start time of 3pm. With “Bomber” now also involved in SGB Championship racing with Peterborough, and the Panthers’ match that same evening taking precedence over a non-official fixture, the Rockets would have been left with a major hole to fill for the rider who will take on their No.1 mantle effective the new averages which come into force this Thursday.
The possibility of bringing the Rockets-Bees fixture forward to 1pm in order to facilitate a mad dash by Harris to Cambridgeshire after Heat 15 was also investigated, but in turn created problems for a number of other riders.
The unavailability of Rye House captain and current No.1 Edward Kennett – committed this weekend to the FIM World Longtrack Qualifying Round in Marianske Lazne – regardless of Sunday’s start time only compounded the issue.
It is the second time that rider availability has led to headaches for this fixture, following the postponement of May’s originally planned match between the two sides because of the advance absence of Harris, Danny King and Kenneth Bjerre.
Explained Rye House Co-Promoter Steve Jenson regarding Sunday, “We have explored the available options, but to stage this match without both Bomber, who is in fairness currently our biggest draw card, and Edward just does not make sense, and would rob the match of a lot of its appeal to supporters. We also looked at the option of a lunchtime start, but that isn’t feasible either, whether in terms of rider logistics or – realistically – sufficient fan interest.
“We are obviously very sorry to have to call the meeting off at relatively short notice, and we truly hope that we have not inconvenienced supporters by the decision.”