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BRITISH Speedway’s National League has secured a major title sponsorship deal for the 2015 season.The sport’s third tier will now be known as the City Gearboxes National League after the Coventry-based company, who already sponsor the local Storm team, agreed to step up their involvement to back the full competition.All ten clubs will benefit financially from the arrangement, which also has an option of being extended into a second season, with further bonuses for the league winners and runners-up.City Gearboxes will also be providing a die-cast Land Rover model as a trophy, as well as two such models and a Car Cleaning Bucket to each club to raffle during the season.City Gearboxes (Coventry) Ltd was founded in 2001 under the control of Gary Drinkwater, who had started in business seven years earlier.He said: “Being able to sponsor and help young riders in the sport they have such a passion for, and are so dedicated to, is just amazing.“Having been given the opportunity to sponsor the whole of the National League for the 2015 season, I felt that my money would be well spent.“Throughout the National League, these young riders show a great deal of grit and determination, and are potentially the future of speedway in the UK.”National League co-ordinator Peter Morrish said: “This is a great boost for the league and we are delighted to welcome City Gearboxes as our title sponsor.“It’s brilliant for us to have the backing of Gary, who is so enthusiastic about the young riders and the league itself, and we very much welcome his involvement.“I feel the prospects for 2015 are very exciting – looking around the teams which are being built, we have plenty of evenly-matched sides and several new faces too, so it’s a season which I’m sure everyone is looking forward to.”

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SWINDON have completed the signing of Polish star Adrian Miedzinski as their No.1 for the new Elite League season.Miedzinski, who last rode for the Robins in 2006, had an early-season spell with Poole three years ago and won the Torun Grand Prix in 2013.Swindon boss Alun Rossiter said: “It’s nine years since Adrian last rode for us, and what I want to emphasize is that we’re now getting a totally different, World-class rider. I think he’ll do a great job for us – and he’s here for the full season.“I’m excited to have him back. He’s a Swindon asset, and he wants to ride more so the Elite League is attractive to him. The nice thing is that he’s been on the phone to me, and sending me messages asking what’s happening at Swindon.”

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EDINBURGH are on the hunt for a new team sponsor after receiving the news that Scotwaste will not extend their deal into a tenth season.Monarchs chairman Alex Harkess admits the club had to set an early-February deadline for a decision and are now open to offers.Harkess said: “We have been hopeful throughout the winter that Scotwaste would continue their involvement with us but when we recently had a meeting with their Managing Director, Brian Ramsay, we had to put a deadline for a decision. That deadline was the beginning of February. “Brian and his colleagues are sympathetic to our cause and he freely admitted that the company received excellent coverage throughout our record breaking season but he has now confirmed that Scotwaste will not support us in 2015. It’s a devastating blow for us but we must move on, and quickly, to try and locate a new team sponsor.”

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KENT star Aaron Baseby is gearing up for the new National League season having recovered from an injury setback last October.Baseby suffered a broken collarbone in the National League Fours at Coventry, which was the Kings’ final competitive fixture of the season.He said: “It was frustrating to end my season with a bad crash up at Brandon and it’s been a long process healing and getting ready to get back on a bike. I’ve managed some laps now though, recently doing some pit bike racing at my former home track at Iwade. “That’s blown the cobwebs away somewhat and I’m raring to go for the new season. I thoroughly enjoyed riding for Kent last year – being given a chance to get my career back on track with my home county club. And when I was told soon after the season’s end that I was wanted back for the 2015 campaign, I was of course very pleased.”


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