Max Fricke and Sam Masters revved up for Pairs joust

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Edinburgh Monarchs bosses are placing their faith in Aussie duo Max Fricke and Sam Masters to claim their first piece of silverware this season when they battle it out tonight at Somerset’s Oak Tree Arena for the Premier League speedway Pairs crown.

And Masters revealed he will be praying for dry weather after missing out on the title in 2011 with his then Somerset Rebels teammate Corey Gathercole.

Sam Masters. Max Fricke, below

Sam Masters. Max Fricke, below

Masters told the Evening News: “We had a great chance of winning that year, but after the rain came down I could barely see through my goggles and I crashed out, which cost us any chance of victory.”

For Masters, the showpiece gathering presents him with an opportunity to prove to some doubters that he is a rider of genuine quality with a will to deliver the big performance when the chips are down.

“I like the Pairs as an event,” he said, “I’ll be travelling there to give things a real go.

“Max is riding really well at the moment and has produced good displays at Somerset in the past. Hopefully, I can get myself into gear and can score some decent points and Max will feel the same.”

Fricke says he feels honoured to represent Edinburgh, but knows against a top class line-up victory won’t be dished out on a silver platter.

“The Pairs is one of the most prestigious meetings in the calendar,” said Fricke, “but Sam and I think we’ll do well, because we work well together within the Monarchs team.

“We were both looking at the qualifying group we are in and it is a difficult looking one. However, if we can make some decent starts it is not beyond us to reach the sudden death semi-finals – and who knows what could happen after that.

“I feel good within myself and I like the Somerset circuit. It would be great to bring back a trophy for all the lads, given that as a unit we are unbeaten in all matches so far this season.”

Tonight’s event is live on Sky Sports.

Group A: Workington Comets, Peterborough Panthers, Redcar Bears, Ipswich Witches, Newcastle Diamonds.

Group B: Edinburgh Monarchs, Somerset Rebels, Plymouth Devils, Sheffield Tigers, Berwick Bandits.