Birmingham Brummies' six-match unbeaten home record was ended by a 47-43 defeat against Belle Vue at Perry Barr.
Unusually dusty conditions played into the visitors' hands with Chris Harris and Rory Schlein scoring maximums.
"The water bowser wasn't working today so they were not able to water the track as much as normal," Brummies rider Claus Vissing told BBC WM.
"It's not really a home advantage for us, it's a shame, it was more advantage to them than it was to us."
Birmingham led 41-37 with two heats remaining, but Schlein guided young Swede Ricky Kling through for a 5-1 in heat 14, then the Australian paired up with Harris for another 5-1 in the final race.
The Brummies top order struggled again with Krzysztof Kasprzak never really recovering from finishing out of the points in heat one.
The Polish star managed only six points all night while Sweden's Daniel Nermark scored five after begining his evening with a fall that saw him excluded in heat four.
Vissing and Great Britain international Ben Barker were the pick of the Brummies with nine points apiece, Ulrich Ostergaard chipping in with eight and rewarded by receiving manager Graham Drury's nomination for the final heat.
For Vissing, 25, it was proof that he has recovered from the broken wrist he suffered in the first leg of the BBC WM Trophy at the start of the season.
"I'm really catching up now and I'm getting there definitely," said the Grindsted-born Dane.
"I'm guesting for Belle Vue at Lakeside and then I'm guesting for Edinburgh at Leicester - it's more experience and I'm catching up on the meetings I lost when I had my injury."
The Brummies face an Elite League double-header with local rivals Wolverhampton next week starting at Monmore Green on Monday.
Kasprzak will miss the home match on Thursday because of international duty - Coventry's Edward Kennett will ride as a guest.