Swindon again showed dominant form at home with a 58-32 win over Somerset at the Abbey last night.
Skipper Nick Morris scored a four-ride paid maximum for the CFS Filtration Robins, whose top six were in awesome form in front of a big Bank Holiday crowd.
Morris twice got the better of World Champion and ex-Swindon star Jason Doyle, who was left on his own at the top of the visitors’ scorechart.
Doyle took the flag three times, but the hosts had five riders paid for double figures and Tobiasz Musielak added nine points.
The Morris/Adam Ellis combination proved profitable yet again as they launched clear of Doyle in Heat 1 with Morris recording a super-quick 64.40 winning time.
Troy Batchelor and David Bellego were quick to follow in Heat 3, despite an awkward moment on turn four when Bellego straightened up, and with the ever-improving Zach Wajtknecht dominating the reserves’ race, the Robins were quickly into their stride.
Doyle won Heat 5 but with his tactical substitute ride delayed until much later in the meeting, the Robins took full control in the next series of races.
Ellis and Morris took a maximum from Heat 6 despite Morris nearly hitting the fence on the last lap, Wajtknecht passed Charles Wright for third in Heat 7, and Ellis and Wajtknecht went clear of a battling Bradley Wilson-Dean in the next.
Robins made it three 5-1s in the space of four races when Wilson-Dean’s chase of Bellego in Heat 9 ended in a fall, and although Jack Holder produced a determined ride to split
Morris and Ellis in the tenth, Swindon still led 41-19.
Somerset’s night was summed up when Doyle hit mechanical trouble at the start of Heat 11, pulling back just as the green light went on, with Musielak and Wajtknecht easing clear of Jake Allen for another 5-1.
Doyle finally took an additional ride in Heat 12 and won it, but he was out-trapped by the home duo in Heat 13 before forcing his way inside Musielak for second place.
Bellego and Wajtknecht added a further 5-1 in Heat 14 with Holder on the receiving end, although there was a final consolation for the Rebels courtesy of Doyle and Holder with a 5-1 in the last – albeit far too late to affect the overall outcome.
Morris said: “There are no easy meetings, but when the team clicks we are pretty powerful.
“All the boys did a really good job and we kept winning races, so we did make it pretty easy in the end.
“At home we’ve been doing well, and we’ve been winning comfortably. Away, I haven’t been doing as well as I’d like, but we’ve been getting the job done and we’re in a good position. We’ll look to keep improving and we’ll be alright.”
Robins, who currently trail leaders Wolverhampton on race points difference, are back at the Abbey on Thursday when they host third-placed Belle Vue.
SWINDON 58: Nick Morris 11+1, Zach Wajtknecht 10+3, David Bellego 10+1, Troy Batchelor 9+2, Adam Ellis 9+1, Tobiasz Musielak 9, Jack Smith 0.
SOMERSET 32: Jason Doyle 12, Jack Holder 7+1, Bradley Wilson-Dean 6, Richard Lawson 3, Charles Wright 2, Jonas Jeppesen 1+1, Jake Allen 1.