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BELLE Vue have signed leading Polish youngster Artur Mroczka to replace the retired Adam Shields.22-year-old Mroczka returns to the Elite League having previously ridden for Poole in 2010, and he is set to make his Aces debut against Birmingham on Monday.Team boss Jim Lynch said: “Artur’s 6.35 Elite League average is some going for a young rider. What has really pleased me about his signing is that he is very keen to come over and, as soon as things were sorted out, he said he’d be over on Sunday complete with two bikes. “That shows me he’s well organised and keen to get on with the job. His signing is a very positive move.”


BIRMINGHAM held on for a four-point win over Peterborough in their first Elite League outing for a month at Perry Barr.The Brummies went 13-5 up in the first three heats but the Panthers hit back strongly and took an away point from the meeting with Kenneth Bjerre winning Heat 15.Birmingham co-promoter Graham Drury said: “We do have this tendency of getting an early lead and then letting the other team claw their way back into it, but I think tonight we’ve blown a lot of cobwebs away.“I wouldn’t have taken two points after the first three heats, but as the meeting progressed I would have taken them! A win is a win and we have a good foundation to build on.”(SPEEDWAY 3)

BERWICK promoter Ryan Anderson says their return to full-strength for this weekend’s clash with Redcar is well-timed.The Bandits were missing reserve Alex Edberg for their narrow win over Edinburgh last Saturday, and Anderson is expecting another tough test from the Bears.He said: “It is a good thing we will have Alex back on duty this week. He did very well in his Under-21 qualifying event but we’re pleased he’ll be back here in the good old black-and-gold on Saturday, giving team manager Ian Rae a full deck to play with.“We will need to be strong, too. Redcar Bears have already been to Edinburgh, and won - we were up there last weekend, and took a bit of a tanning.”(SPEEDWAY 4)

WOLVERHAMPTON promoter Chris Van Straaten says the club will have an eye on the future when they stage the individual Gary Peterson Memorial meeting on Monday.Wolves have slashed admission prices for the popular annual event, dropping to £10 for adults, £7 concessions and £3 for children with under-11s free.Van Straaten said: “We’re aware of how tough it has been for Lukasz Sowka in particular. He has found it hard going so far, and we need to keep a close eye on that situation. We will be taking a look at both Anders Mellgren and Matej Kus in the Gary Peterson meeting, with a view to them possibly taking doubling-up positions with us.“We’re also bringing over two European riders to make their UK debuts and again that’s because we’ve got one eye on the future, whether for this year or beyond.”(FIXTURES)

SATURDAY MAY 12:PREMIER LEAGUE: Berwick v Redcar 7pm, Leicester v Scunthorpe 8pm, Plymouth v Somerset 7.30, Rye House v Newcastle 7pm, Workington v Edinburgh 7pm

SUNDAY MAY 13:PREMIER LEAGUE: Newcastle v Sheffield 7pmNATIONAL LEAGUE KO CUP 2nd leg: Stoke v Scunthorpe 5.30BRITISH YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP Round 2: Mildenhall 3pm

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