Stoke Potters fell to a convincing 61-31 defeat against the Isle of Wight Islanders at the Smallbrook Stadium.
The Potters won only three races at the meeting, with the National League favourites comfortably romping to a 30-point win.
Promoter Dave Tattum believes the Stoke Potters will receive a boost after Ben Reade lost his ride at Plymouth.
The Premier League side replaced the 22-year-old earlier this week, bringing to an end the rider’s ‘doubling-up’ role.
Stoke Potters have renewed their sponorship deal with Stafford-based company Easy Rider for another year.
The motorcycle showroom has been the speedway team’s main sponsor for over a decade and commercial manager Gemma Crabtree believes a close relationship with sponsors is vital to the club’s success.
Two reserve riders from the Stoke Potters are heading to Germany to get some track time ahead of the new speedway season.
Shaun Tedham and Emerson Jones flew out to the continent for an intensive training programme as they bid to force their way into team manager Malcolm Vasey’s plans.
Stoke Potters newcomer Kyle Hughes is taking part in a road race this month in a bid to get fit for the new season.
Hughes, on loan from parent club Coventry Bees, is hoping his time on the road will give him the edge come April.
Speedway side Stoke Potters have had plenty of lows to go along with their highs.
But perhaps the biggest high is the success story of their Loomer Road track.
New Stoke Potters speedway captain Luke Priest says he is looking forward to the challenges the 2013 season will bring.
Priest will be returning to Loomer Road where he enjoyed a successful spell at the now defunct Stoke Spitfires – the former junior team of the Potters.
The Stoke Easy Rider Potters have been forced to go back to the drawing board after Emerson Jones announced he was quitting speedway.
The former motocross rider only put pen to paper on a deal to join the Potters in September and had been expected to make his National League debut this season.
Speedway rider Kyle Hughes has come out of retirement to become the fourth name on the Stoke Potters’ team sheet for the 2013 season.
The 23-year-old quit the sport last August for personal reasons, as well as a string of mechanical and injury problems.
Luke Priest has been confirmed as the third name on the Stoke Easy Rider Potters’ team-sheet for the 2013 season.
The 27-year-old led Stoke’s old second team, the Spitfires, to Conference League Fours success in 2006 and has says he is “delighted” to be back at Loomer Road.