Report: Scunthorpe 56 Plymouth 34

SCUNTHORPE Scorpions raced to a comfortable opening-day Championship victory on Sunday – even though Bjarne Pedersen took the individual honours for Plymouth.

The Scorpions were 56-34 winners at the Eddie Wright Raceway but Danish star Pedersen made a stunning return to British Speedway with an 18-point maximum.

It was a solid team performance from the home side with all seven riders chipping in with some points. And it was an afternoon to remember for Scorpions skipper Simon Lambert beating three-time World Champion Jason Crump in his opening race.

The Boston racer then went wheel-to-wheel with the Gladiators captain Pedersen who showed his class with the race win.

(C) Ian Rispin

Lambert then teamed up with Rising Star Jordan Palin as the pair cruised to a 5-1 in Heat 8.

A delighted Lambert said: “From a personal point of view, I’m chuffed to bits, while from a team point of view we got three points on the board and hopefully there’s many more to come. It was a solid, all-around team performance. We can take away so many positives.

“People have written us off this year, especially after we lost Jake Allen, but I think this showed that we can do it.

“Bjarne was mustard all meeting. We gave him a race at one point (Heat 6), where we passed and re-passed, but then he showed all his top-level experience. It’s an honour to be out there giving him a race, it’s the same with Crumpy (Jason Crump).”

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