Speedway News


GRAND Prix star Troy Batchelor has agreed a return to Swindon for the 2015 season as club captain.
The Australian star is facing a big year in the sport with a second successive Grand Prix campaign - and boss Alun Rossiter insists there's more to come from his man at domestic level.
Rossiter said: “I'm hoping to see even more from Troy in 2015 both as a rider and as a skipper because I've got great faith in him. As captain I'm sure he can step up his game a bit more and I think this will help him. He's a terrific rider and has a lot of ability and I'm looking forward to seeing him back at Swindon.
“Troy is almost part of the furniture here since he came back to the club and this is a great starting point in our team building for the top five.”


SIMON Stead is to return to Belle Vue next season in addition to his duties for new parent club Sheffield in the Premier League.
Stead, who last rode for the Aces in 2007, enjoyed a fine season in the Elite this year for Leicester as he made a successful comeback from a broken leg sustained the previous summer.
Belle Vue co-promoter George Carswell said: “We’re very pleased to have Simon back with us next season. He’s a professional rider who’s very well liked, and he always rides our track exceptionally well.
“He already has a good relationship with the management and most of the guys we’ve already announced, which is a big plus in terms of team spirit and solidarity. And he’s just a great guy to have around. He’s experienced, we know he’s very capable and we have faith in his ability to do well for us.”


PLYMOUTH have confirmed the signing of former Devils star Ryan Fisher as one of their first three team members for 2015.
Fisher last rode for the club in 2012 but saw his latest campaign cut short midway through due to injury, and now returns as No.1, being joined at the St Boniface Arena by Kyle Newman – who took on the captaincy in the closing stages of last season - and Hungarian Roland Benko, who were both Devils this year.
Co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “Ryan is a fans’ favourite at Plymouth, whether riding for the Devils or as a visiting away team rider. He always provides entertainment with his all-out style of racing, and rides with passion.
“Kyle is certainly a rider who leads from the front, and for the 2015 season Roland will benefit from having the experienced Mark Simmonds working with him in the pits. He has a good stable of equipment and has also invested in new engines for next season.”


LEWIS Kerr and Lewis Rose will both be back with Newcastle in the Premier League next season.
Kerr will be going into his third year on Tyneside after a meteoric rise in his career so far, whilst Rose returns for a second season with the Diamonds, and both are also part of the Elite Draft system.
Newcastle co-boss Alan Hedley said: “With the two Lewis boys ready to go it’s a great start to our team building and I think it sets us up for a good push in the new season once it gets underway.
“Lewis Kerr was always high on our list to bring back to Brough Park as the supporters have voted him their Diamond of the year for the past two seasons so we knew he was going to be a popular choice.
“Lewis Rose did a great job for us in 2014 and it was a real shame that his debut season was cut short by injury, he is a very talented lad and we are all looking forward to seeing him progress further in 2015.”


WORKINGTON have completed their team for next season by announcing the return to Derwent Park of Kyle Howarth.
The talented British youngster, who is currently enjoying a racing holiday in Australia, remains with the Comets, his Premier League club since 2012.
Manager Tony Jackson sad: “Ever since Kyle first joined the club we have regarded him as a special talent, as he has shown with his performances on many occasions. Reputations don’t bother him and he just wants to race and win, no matter who he is racing against. 
“That was evident not just when racing for the Comets last year but also when he rode in the Elite League against world class riders, and his performances in the Elite League Grand Final really showed that he can beat anyone on his day. He has been unlucky with various injuries over the past year or so, but I firmly believe that if he can find that consistency required in the coming season then he can raise his average by a couple of points.”