COVENTRY have moved for Great Britain international Lewis Bridger after Cameron Woodward was ruled out of their plans due to injury.Woodward requires a bone graft on his broken femur and expects to miss at least the first half of the Elite League season, with Bridger – who had been set to take a year out of the sport – now rejoining the club with whom he won the title in 2010.Coventry promoter Mick Horton said: “I don’t think we saw the best of Lewis last season but he still achieved a 6.72 average, and looking at the stats most of that was achieved as a heat-leader.“Everyone knows Lewis has an abundance of talent, and I believe he’s in a stronger team this year. With him riding at No.4 I think it makes us at least equally as strong as we were before we lost Cam, and having six British riders is fantastic.”


EASTBOURNE have released Brendan Johnson in a re-structure of their team plans.The Poole-based rider had been the second man to be named in the Eagles’ line-up for their entry into the National League this season, but chairman Martin Dugard says circumstances have changed.He said: “At this stage I cannot give the full details but supporters can rest assured it is in the best interests of the club for this season and beyond.“It was a tough decision to make and we have circulated other clubs to say Brendan is now available. He is a ‘victim’ of speedway’s numbers game and that is solely the reason why we have taken this action. We wish him all the best in 2015 and have told him that he is welcome to come to Arlington to practise before the season begins.”


BUXTON have announced plans to open their season with a challenge match against a Redcar Cubs Select on Sunday April 12.The fixture puts new Hitmen boss Jason Pipe up against his former club, with the Cubs intending to track a competitive side with riders who have had a close association with the Northern Junior League.Pipe said: “When Jayne (Moss) contacted me to let me know they had been in touch she asked me what I thought of the idea of racing against my old club. I jumped at the chance and asked if it could be arranged so that it was our first home meeting of the season. “It will be a great opportunity to blow away the cobwebs and get bike set-ups right prior to the start of our NL campaign. They may have one or two surprises in their line-up that may even make one or two Buxton fans happy, and it also gives me the chance to have a look at a couple of their riders around Buxton!”

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