SUSSEX-born Marc Owen is joining Eastbourne for the club’s 2015 National League campaign.He was born in Burgess Hill, little more than half-an-hour from the Arlington track where he took his first rides in speedway as an eight-year-old, and achieved an average of just over six when racing for King’s Lynn last season.Eagles chairman Martin Dugard said: “I have known Marc for more than ten years and I think he will thrive with the Eagles. He is a talented rider and many of our supporters will have seen him in action at Arlington.“It is great to bring in a Sussex-born rider to the team.”(SPEEDWAY 2)
MILDENHALL have completed their line-up for 2015 with Connor Coles returning to West Row.Coles was a popular member of the Fen Tigers’ line-up last season before seeing his campaign ended by a serious leg injury in the National Trophy Final – but chairman Kevin Jolly says he was an automatic pick for next year.Jolly said: “Connor was the first rider to be offered and to accept terms and was the first rider on the team sheet when we started to look ahead to the coming season. He deserved that following his brilliant efforts last season that saw him pretty much clear up at our awards evening. “Our supporters love him and he is a big part of this club. We wanted to give him time to see how his injury was but his recovery is going well now and he is raring to go. It will be great to see Connor back on the track again.”The Fen Tigers have also named Connor King as their No.8 under the league’s new scheme for covering absences at reserve.
BUXTON’S evergreen No.1 Tony Atkin will extend his remarkable speedway career when he returns to the Hitmen side next season.Atkin, at the age of 48, is the oldest rider in British Speedway but topped the Buxton averages this year with figure of 8.14 and had his enthusiasm renewed after initially signing to help the club out.He said: “I only really wanted to ride for Buxton next year. My personal aim is to hold my average and see team finish a more respectable mid-table position. “I am pleased Adam (Extance) will be back and I’d like to help other riders move forward. I hope we can retain some of last year’s team so that we can build on what we have.”
COVENTRY Storm have made a double signing for next season with Martin Knuckey returning and Conor Dwyer stepping up to the National League.Cornishman Knuckey will be back for his third season with the Storm, whilst Dwyer is a former Coventry mascot who has been racing in the Midland Development League along with guest appearances in the NL.Storm boss Laurence Rogers said: “Martin was impressive towards the end of the season, scoring some good points and taking some good scalps. He knows 2015 needs to be a big year for him, moving up into the main body of the team, and I feel he’s worth a lot more than his average.“Conor has been unlucky with injuries in the last couple of years, but he’s packing in work to ride speedway in 2015, he’ll be full-time speedway and he’s committed himself completely. He’s very determined to improve and do well for his local club.”