SPEEDWAY News

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BERWICK are in line to stage a World Championship event next season following the installation of the new polyfoam safety fence at Shielfield Park.One of the five qualifying rounds towards the 2012 Grand Prix Challenge will be staged in the UK, and the Bandits are in line for the meeting subject to FIM inspections.Club director John Anderson said: "Although the event is still a provisional date for our calendar - the polyfoam fence must be installed, our track and stadium examined and approved by FIM representatives and, most importantly, our own local council authorities have to green-light some factors surrounding such a huge occasion - this is a fantastic boost for Berwick, and for speedway in the North."To be recognised in this way is such a boost - not just for our club, but for the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. There will be people coming to this event from all over Europe, as well as throughout Britain, and the local economy will surely be enhanced dramatically!"

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LEICESTER have made an early start to their 2012 team-building by announcing the returns of Magnus Karlsson and Jan Graversen to Beaumont Park.Graversen was ever-present for the Lions in their first Premier League campaign, whilst Karlsson - who will celebrate a Testimonial next year - was a successful mid-season signing.Promoter David Hemsley said: "We are delighted that Magnus has agreed to spend a second term with us and his inclusion in the team was part of the reason why we ended our first year on a winning streak."Jan is a model professional and a credit to Leicester Speedway. He produced many outstanding performances in support of our three heat leaders and I had no hesitation in offering Jan a position in the team for next year."

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BIRMINGHAM boss Graham Drury has confirmed he is in talks with a Grand Prix rider to spearhead the Brummies in next season’s Elite League.Drury says he has received permission from the rider’s parent club and is confident of landing his top target to fill a position which was a problem area for them in 2011.Drury said: “The rider himself wants to ride in England and is very excited about the prospect of joining a club like Birmingham. In fact, we have had several phone calls from riders wanting to ride here.“I’m on record as saying we need a solid number one who can go out there and win the first race and regularly hit double figures. I have confidence the guy I am talking to will be able to achieve that with us.”

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EDINBURGH’S lengthy association with main sponsors Scotwaste will be extended into a seventh year in 2012.The deal was confirmed by Scotwaste boss Stewart Melrose at the club’s annual end of season dance, with the Monarchs having taken two Premier League titles since 2006.Melrose said: “I’ve been told that when you make a speech you should get your audience on your side right away. That’s why I am beginning by saying that we will be back as team sponsors in 2012.“We know it has been a tough time for Monarchs, and we are going to do our bit by donating an extra amount of 25% of our total sponsorship early in the winter.”