Bikes: SPEEDWAY news

(SPEEDWAY 1)SOMERSET boss Dave Croucher has singled out ambitious Aussie Cory Gathercole as a key rider for the Rebels this season.Gathercole has ambitions to move into the Elite League on a full-time basis in the near future.Said Croucher: "I know this is going to be his year, he wants Elite League, and the only route is to have a good 2009 with us here at Somerset."(SPEEDWAY 2)STOKE have appointed hugely popular co-promoter John Woolridge as their new team manager.Woolridge replaces John Adams who has left Loomer Road for National League side Mildenhall.He said: "I've done the job before and it's something I enjoy. I'm pleased to be in a position to influence the team's performance and I'm looking forward to the new season. I like the shape of our team."