It promises to be a busy Bank Holiday Monday for Reading, when the Ideal Video Racers and the Exeter Falcons go head-to-head twice in the same day.

The two teams face each other in the Premier League at Smallmead on Monday morning at 11.00am, and then both sets of riders and supporters make a speedy exit and head down to Devon for the return match at the County Ground later in the day (7.30pm).

The evening match in Devon will almost certainly be Reading's last ever match to the County Ground, as the Falcons have been given notice by the stadium owners that they must find a new home in 2006. The Exeter bosses
have frantically been searching for a site to build a new stadium and track, without much success, so look set for a worrying few weeks and months before being able to declare their intention to run in next season's Premier League.

The Racers will be looking to build up a big lead from the morning match at Reading to give themselves a chance of at least picking up the aggregate bonus point later in the day. Having said that, the Racers only lost by one point at Exeter in the corresponding fixture last season (48.5-47.5), and now they have the luxury of being able to track a near full strength team, they may just fancy their chances of pulling off a shock result.

The Falcons are formidable opposition on their own track, possessing probably the biggest home advantage in world speedway on their ultra-fast track, and it's solid steel safety fence - but they do have a reputation for being poor on their travels. In fact, Exeter won 46-44 at Newport last weekend, which was their first away win in nearly four years. It was even more remarkable as the Falcons finished the meeting with only four fit riders.

Reading will be itching to get back on track after having last Monday's home match against Glasgow postponed due to a waterlogged track. However they have to go into both meetings against the men from Devon without injured reserve Chris Johnson. Johnson looks to be out for a few more weeks yet with his injured collarbone and broken wrist. Lee Smart has been called up for a guest appearance in the absence of the teenager for both meetings.

Racers team manager Tim Sugar goes into the Bank Holiday looking for more league points, he said, "I feel man for man we have the edge over Exeter, especially at home.

"It will be a lot tougher down at Exeter in the evening, but if we can take a big lead down there, we will give ourselves a good chance of at least picking up the bonus point.

"This will be our last ever visit to the County Ground, and as we do have riders who ride the track well, maybe we can come away one last time with something to remember it by."

Monday morning's meeting at Smallmead is being sponsored by loyal Racers fans Mike Compton and Derek Hedges. The two supporters will be bringing along a group of guests to help them enjoy the day's racing, and will also be presenting an award to the rider of the day at the end of the meeting.

Supporters are reminded that Reading are operating the 'kid for a quid' scheme for the entire season at Smallmead. Supporters aged 14-or-under will be admitted for just ?1, providing they are accompanied by a full-paying adult.

 

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