Speedway News

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GLASGOW have secured Richard Lawson as their new No.1 for 2015 in a loan deal from Premier League rivals Workington.Lawson is a former track record holder at Ashfield and his signing leaves the Tigers just one rider short of completing their team for the new season.He said: “I did have a couple of offers but I've been contemplating coming to Glasgow for a while. We've spoken in the past and there have almost been deals there, but one thing has led to another and we haven't quite got there.“When it comes to this time of year, Glasgow always pops up. It's one of my favourite tracks and the side really excited me. You just enjoy your speedway when you're in a winning team.”

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ADAM Roynon is on his way back to Peterborough next season – looking to build on his stint with the Panthers in the second half of 2014.Roynon was drafted in by the Panthers as part of mid-season team changes and now club chief Ged Rathbone is hoping for a high-scoring, injury-free stint for the rider next year.Rathbone said: “We all know the dreadful injuries that Adam has suffered during his career and my only hope is that he can have an injury-free season in 2015.“If that happens there is no reason why Adam can’t put more than a point on his starting average and get himself back towards the levels he has been at in the past. We saw plenty to like about several of his performances after he arrived during last season and we feel he deserves the opportunity to be in from the start next year.”

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PLYMOUTH have completed their heat-leader trio for 2015 by signing Danish star Morten Risager from Ipswich.The 27-year-old joins Ryan Fisher and Kyle Newman in the top three for the Devils next season after a four-year stint at Foxhall.Co-promoter Ashley Taylor said: “It was a bit of a surprise that Morten was available.“There were other tracks interested, but Plymouth was his main choice and Morten has always been a good scorer at the St Boniface Arena so we are looking forward to seeing him in the Devils line-up.”

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FORMER Birmingham team manager Phil Morris has been appointed FIM Race Director for the Grand Prix and World Cup series.Morris, who spent much of his near 20-year racing career with Reading, takes over from Tony Olsson after also overseeing British Youth and the top-flight draft system in recent years.Birmingham owner Tony Mole said: “Phil has kept me up to speed with developments and I knew when he went for an interview this week there was a good chance he would get the job.“I would like to offer my congratulations, from myself and on behalf of everyone connected with Birmingham Speedway and we hope he can find time for the occasional visit to Perry Barr next year. He will always be welcome.”

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BERWICK’S hopes of re-signing their Rider of the Year Matej Kus are in the balance due to a dispute with the Czech star’s parent club Redcar.The Bandits were anticipating a further loan arrangement for Kus but the Bears insist he will only leave on a full transfer, which their rivals say they are not in a position to pay.Berwick boss John Anderson said: “After the AGM, we quickly agreed a deal for Matej to ride for us again in 2015 and emailed Redcar to confirm that we wished to take Matej back on loan as is normal protocol. “Brian (Havelock) then told us he had changed his mind! He said he wanted Matej to ride at Redcar, which as owner is his prerogative of course, and that he would not sanction another loan to Berwick – the only way we could have the rider was by paying a transfer fee of £21,000!“If Redcar will only allow the rider to leave under a full transfer, it looks as though we will need to walk away from the situation, despite our sincere wish to have Matej Kus back in black-and-gold in 2015.”