COVENTRY have confirmed that Mick Horton has finalised an agreement with Avtar Sandhu to take over the Bees for the 2012 Elite League campaign.The deal, which is on a lease basis, is subject to ratification by the BSPA and carries an option for Horton to purchase the club outright at the end of the season.The Bees' statement said: "We have found Mick to be an honest, up-front businessman who delivers exactly what has been agreed and has an in-depth knowledge of the speedway world."He needs and deserves everybody's unreserved support to keep the Bees at the top of speedway and to bring back the silverware we missed out on last season."


SCUNTHORPE skipper David Howe has agreed terms to return to the Eddie Wright Raceway for a fourth season in 2012.Howe is just 45 points short of becoming the club's all-time leading scorer and finished the campaign in a rich vein of form after adding experienced mechanic Ted Midgley to his back-up team.Scorpions boss Richard Hollingsworth said: "David has an intense pride in his performances and it shows every time he gets on a bike. No-one could ever accuse him of not caring and I was so pleased at the end of the season when he was rewarded with probably his best run in the Premier League."He averaged 10.04 in October from nine meetings and only two of those were at Scunthorpe. Any rider in the league would be delighted with that kind of form and I really think he will finally become one of the very best riders in the league next year."


WOLVERHAMPTON star Freddie Lindgren is keen to stay at Monmore Green for the 2012 season.The Swede, who topped the Elite League averages in both 2009 and 2010, wants to remain with his parent club as he moves closer to a decade in Wolves colours.Lindgren said: “My plan is to be back with Wolverhampton and I hope it works out so that can happen.“I’m just waiting for Chris (Van Straaten) and Pete (Adams) to get back from the AGM to tell me what they want to do with the team. But I would like to be back riding in England again with Wolverhampton, people know the way I feel about the club.”


NEWPORT will not be running at National League level next year having announced their Hornets team has been disbanded.Co-promoter Nick Mallett confirmed a decision has yet to be taken regarding the future of the club’s senior side, the Wasps in the Premier League.Mallett said: “The reason we have decided to end the Hornets’ existence has been made purely and simply because of financial circumstances.“Crowds have disappointingly been very poor here at our Queensway Meadows Stadium home track. That was even the case earlier in the season when the side put together a few home wins.”