Craig Cook’s Grand Prix exploits hit Monarchs

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Edinburgh Monarchs will be without the services of No.1 rider Craig Cook later this month after the speedway ace qualified for the semi-finals of the Grand Prix.

The Cumbrian scored eight points in last night’s re-staged quarter-final round at Shielfield Stadium, Berwick, and, as a result, booked his berth in the last four on June 21. However, the semi-finals – likely to be on the continent – clash with Monarchs’ home meeting with Rye House Rockets on June 20, meaning the Armadale outfit will have to do without their star man.

Cook’s eight-point haul was matched by fellow Brits Chris Harris (Coventry Bees) and Lewis Bridger (Lakeside Hammers) and if the trio come through the semi-finals, they will then go forward to the Grand Prix Challenge, which is the final gateway to winning a place in the Grand Prix series itself in 2015.

Swede Linus Sundstrom (Piraterna) won the meeting, beating Aussie Jason Doyle (Leicester Lions) in a run off after both men had scored 12 points. Although Cook finished in eighth position, his display will have not gone unnoticed.

Cook’s next big date is at Wolverhampton next Monday in the British Final.