Baseby insists he is committed to Mildenhall cause after Lynn win

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LIFT OFF: Nathan Stoneman performs a wheelie before being excluded as the cause of the stoppage in heat one

LIFT OFF: Nathan Stoneman performs a wheelie before being excluded as the cause of the stoppage in heat one

King’s Lynn Young Stars 36

Aaron Baseby has insisted he is in it for the long run after playing a pivotal role in helping to lower the colours of play-off-chasing King’s Lynn.

Any doubts as to the 23-year-old’s commitment to the cause were banished on Sunday with the Kent-based rider – who has missed four of the Fen Tigers’ last six fixtures through illness, injury and holiday — picking up a paid 14 total.

“I am back now and hopefully it is for the rest of the season barring any injuries,” said Baseby. “It was about time I had a performance like that.

“At the end of the day I don’t want people to think that I don’t want to ride for Mildenhall as I have missed a few meetings.

“Hopefully today shows I am in it for the long run.”

Disaster nearly struck for both sides in the opening heat with all four riders finding themselves on the deck after a first bend pile-up.

With Fen Tigers number two Nathan Stoneman excluded as a result of the collision it was left to Stefan Nielsen to pick up the pieces in what was effectively a one-on-one match after Lynn rider Lewis Rose was left stationary due to a mechanical fault.

Mildenhall built on their advantage through Josh Bates and Jon Armstrong in heat three to open up an early five-point lead.

However, it was not long before a patched up Lynn side missing Rob Lambert, Steven Worrall and Lewis Kerr eroded away the early led established by the hosts.

A snapped chain for Fen Tigers captain Dan Halsey helped gift the Young Stars a 4-2 in heat four, before engine problems for Stoneman in heat six handed Lynn another 4-2.

After being tamed by the Buxton Hitmen last time out fears of slipping up at home for the second successive meeting looked to be on the cards following the conclusion of heat eight with Lynn opening up a five point lead of their own.

In true Fen Tigers fashion, the slide was arrested just a race later through the deadly duo of Bates and Armstrong, who combined to good effect to bag a crucial 5-1.

The heat was to spark a second half revival from the hosts as they then slammed home a further four heat maximums from their next five outings to wrap up the points with a heat to spare.

With the meeting won Mildenhall ended matters on a perfect note after in-form teenager Bates secured his own 15-point maximum after coming from last to first to grab the spoils in the finale.

Team manager Rob Henry said: “I was disappointed with the first few heats as the only luck we seem to have was bad luck, but I am more than happy how we finished.

“Aaron was fantastic at reserve today as he gave us something we have been lacking all season.

“It feels good to get back to winning ways and it is always nice to hit the 50-point-mark.”

Mildenhall: Nielsen 11; Stoneman 0; Bates 15; Armstrong 7+2; Halsey 7+1; Mountain 1+1; Baseby 11+3.

King’s Lynn: Ritchings (g) 4+2; Rose 7; Mallett 5; Morley (g) 11; Waldron 1; Hazelden 8+1.