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(SPEEDWAY 1)ADAM Roynon is making good progress in Addenbrooke's Hospital after being seriously injured last Friday.The Workington and Coventry youngster suffered head and neck injuries and faces a lengthy recovery process, but he has spoken to family and friends.Father Chris said: "He's still a very poorly young man, but he's heading in the right direction. The most important thing is he's still with us, that means more than anything."(SPEEDWAY 2)GRAND Prix stars Scott Nicholls and Hans Andersen are two of the big attractions in Dean Barker's Farewell meeting at Eastbourne on Sunday.Barker's Arlington career spanned two decades, and Eagles riders past and present are included in a strong line-up who will contest a 20-heat format.Edward Kennett, who is being transferred to Coventry, makes a rapid return, whilst recent Eastbourne signing Lukas Dryml is also included. (SPEEDWAY 3)GREAT Britain boss Rob Lyon has confirmed that Scott Nicholls is remain as national skipper.The pair have held talks following the Coventry asset's decision to opt out of Elite League racing.Lyon said: "After meeting up with Scott and discussing the way forward with the Great Britain team, it is very clear that he has the passion and desire to want to lead his country in the foreseeable future."(SPEEDWAY 4)PREMIER League action will once again feature on Sky Sports' coverage of domestic Speedway this year.Somerset's home clash with King's Lynn has been slotted into the schedule next month, the first time Sky have visited the Oak Tree Arena.And the broadcasting giant will also screen Scott Nicholls' defence of his British title at Poole in May.The Sky Sports team are keen to cover all aspects of the sport and recognise the big year ahead for the sport at all levels.And plans are in place for some exciting new additions to the show with some of the sport's bigger names in line to join the team.Their coverage begins on Monday, March 30, with a mouth-watering clash between Poole and Swindon and Wimborne Road.This is followed by Belle Vue's home meeting with Lakeside on April 6 before switching to a Tuesday night at Monmore Green for the Wolves v Belle Vue meeting on April 14.Swindon's home meeting with Peterborough will be screened on April 20 and the Premier League showdown between Somerset and King's Lynn is pencilled in for April 28.Sky Sports will continue to show every Grand Prix and World Cup meeting and they are keen to showcase the national championship.Executive Producer Rory Hopkins said: "Everyone acknowledges this is a big year for the sport and we are no different."The meetings we are covering underline the diversity within our transmissions with the best interests of everyone within the sport in mind.We intend to do more Premier League than just the one trip to Somerset."Like everyone else we would like nothing more than to see more people coming through the turnstiles."We are particularly excited by the British Final which provides a Wild Card passage to Cardiff in June. And it will be a rare chance of British fans to see Scott Nicholls in action on home shale this year."We can't wait for it all to start and we hope everyone has a great season."

 (FIXTURES)SUNDAY MARCH 15PREMIER TROPHY: Rye House v Birmingham 2pm PRINCE OF WALES TROPHY: Newport 1pm DEAN BARKER FAREWELL: Eastbourne 3.30 OZCHEM CLASSIC: Sheffield 6pm 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Swindon 6pmMONDAY MARCH 16CHALLENGE: Wolverhampton v Coventry 7.30WEDNESDAY MARCH 18BJARNE PEDERSEN TESTIMONIAL: Poole v Newcastle 7.30 ALAN HUNT MEMORIAL TROPHY: Birmingham 7.30


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