Speedway News

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SHEFFIELD star Shane Parker has paid tribute to the Owlerton club after spending his final season in the sport with the Tigers.The Australian is heading home after a glittering UK career spanning over 20 years, and will be guest of honour at a Farewell party at the stadium on Thursday.Parker said: “It’s been an amazing season and I must admit joining Sheffield is something I should have done a lot sooner. Of course there is a lot of sadness about the fact that my career has ended, but the time is right and we are heading back to Aussie to start a new life.“The Sheffield fans have been brilliant to me and I can’t thank them enough for the way they’ve taken me to their hearts after only one season with them.”

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ISLE of Wight star Rob Smith has set his sights on a team place in the Premier League in 2012.Smith joined the Islanders in the National League on a full transfer from Rye House this year and enjoyed a consistent season whilst the club as a whole had a tough time.He said: “Coming to the Isle of Wight was a high point for me and getting the support this year was really good. I would like to return to the Island next year as well as get a doubling up club in the Premier League.“I just want to do well and I put too much pressure on myself, but I want to get up into the Premier League and that's more pressure. I have beaten most riders around the Island this season.”

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ALUN Rossiter has announced his departure from Coventry after two years as co-promoter and joint team manager at Brandon.Rossiter led the Bees to the Elite League title in 2010 but will not continue with the club who are set for a takeover this winter.Rossiter said: “Unfortunately I feel I have been placed in an impossible position, and I have had to take this decision for both myself and my family.“I fully respect the fact that Mick Horton is coming into the club, and that he will be making his own decisions. He will have his own figures to work with, and it may be the case that he wishes to take the club in a different direction.”

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NEWPORT co-promoter Nick Mallett is to undertake a sponsored slim – with the aim of raising funds to assist the club’s future prospects.Former rider Mallett wants to get back to his racing weight of 12.5 stones in time for the start of the 2012 season, when it is hoped the Wasps will once again compete in the Premier League.He said: “We are having deep talks to decide the future of Newport Speedway and none of us really want the sport to be lost to the town, but we have had to have a realistic look at the finances involved in putting together what has been the most successful side in the club’s history.“Our General Manager, Laurence Rogers, is working overtime trying to find a solution along with the family and Peter Mole. So when I said I wanted to do this slim down, Laurence asked why not do it as a sponsored slim to raise funds for the club’s survival?”