SPEEDWAY: AN EMPHATIC win for Stoke Easy Rider Potters came at a cost when Jan Staechmann was taken to hospital after a heavy spill in the night's last race.
Staechmann clashed with Sean Wilson coming out of turn three on the first lap and both riders were flung to the ground with Richard Hall, who was right behind them, unable to avoid a collision.
Following Saturday's 55-37 home win over Sheffield, doctors diagnosed a broken collarbone. He joins captain Paul Pickering, who is carrying an arm injury, on the treatment table.
Promoter Dave Tattum said: 'Jan will be out for a few weeks. He is a bit down about it all because we have now been hit by two injuries so early in the season.
'It's a shame for the lad because he really has been looking on top of his form. If it's any consolation, we will be able to use a guest in his absence and we will most certainly make use of that facility.'
After the Potters lost 60-35 at Sheffield on Thursday, many felt that the Pirtek Tigers may complete a double on a track they have a decent record on.
But the home side put in another tremendous Loomer Road performance in front of a huge crowd to pass the 50-point mark for the second week running.
Team manager Nigel Crabtree said: 'That was a really good team effort. Jan's injury took the gloss off it a bit, but it really was a good effort from everyone.'
Robbie Kessler dropped just one point in five races when beaten by Sean Wilson in heat one, Alan Mogridge fell when leading heat five but was otherwise unbeaten, Staechmann was beaten only by Andre Compton in his first ride while the rest of the team chipped in with some good points at vital times.
'It's still early season and some of us are still getting things sorted - but we are definitely getting there,' said Mogridge who looks a class act and shepherded Rob Grant for a 5-1 in heat 14.
Stoke 55: P Pickering (r/r), P Clews 5+1, R Kessler 12+2, A Mogridge 14+1, J Staechmann 14, R Grant 4, B Evans 6+2.
Sheffield 37: S Wilson 11, B Wilson 5+2, R Hall 8+1, R Ashworth 3, A Compton 5, P Cooper 4+1, K Legault 1+1.
The Potters have signed Tom Brown on a full contract from Newport with Tony Atkin joining the South Wales club on a permanent basis. 'We see Tom as being a rider for the future,' said Dave Tattum.
Stoke's meeting at Edinburgh on Friday has been postponed and will be rearranged.
Stoke Spitfires had their first meeting of the season last week when they beat American Dream Team 66-24.
The Spitfires scored at will while the visitors struggled with their machinery.
Justin Elkins retired from the meeting after laying his bike down to avoid a fallen rider.