Somerset Rebels suffer pairs agony once again

PUBLISHED: 10:22 09 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:22 09 July 2015

Premier League pairs runners-up.

Premier League pairs runners-up.

The Somerset Rebels had a rider disqualified for the second year running in the final of the Premier League pairs’ event.

THE Somerset Rebels were beaten by Ipswich in the final of the Premier League pairs’ final held at the Oaktree Arena.

Disaster struck for the hosts as, for the second year in succession, they had a rider disqualified in the early stages of the final.

Brady Kurtz lifted and came to grief on the first corner, leaving Ipswich’s Danny King and Rohan Tungate racing to maximum points in the re-run, with Josh Grajczonek bringing up the rear.

Somerset team manager Garry May said: “Both Brady and Josh are gutted that they were unable to win the title for Somerset, but they have nothing to feel disappointed about as they gave it their best shot and can feel justifiably proud of the way they rode and represented the club tonight.

“Congratulations to Ipswich on winning the title tonight, they looked a class act right from the off and carried that form right through the night to win the championship.

“Of course it is impossible to say what might have been if Brady hadn’t been excluded, but for us to lose the final for the second year in a row by having a rider excluded is quite unbelievable, but we will be back next year all the more determined to bring the title back to the Oaktree Arena.”

After nearly a three week break, the Rebels return to track action tonight (Thurday) with a visit to Redcar in the Premier League, before returning to the Oaktree Arena tomorrow night (Friday) for the first leg of their Travel Plus KO Cup tie against Plymouth, with the second leg at the Devils’ St Boniface Arena just 24 hours later.

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