POOLE expect to finalise their team plans “within the next few days” after Darcy Ward was handed a 10-month ban by the FIM.Ward’s punishment is backdated to the commencement of his suspension from all speedway, which was August 28, 2014, in the aftermath of his failed breathalyser test at the Latvian Grand Prix earlier that month.He is therefore unable to start the 2015 campaign and the Pirates have two remaining places to fill in their top five with Chris Holder, Davey Watt and Dakota North already confirmed as starters.


GREAT Britain boss Alun Rossiter has confirmed five riders to compete for a Select national side at Peterborough on March 15.Rossiter is putting together a team to take on the Panthers, who themselves include six British riders, in the season-opener at the Showground. The GB Select will include Richie Worrall, Ben Barker, Kyle Howarth, Lewis Rose and Nathan Greaves with two more riders to be confirmed.Rossiter said: “It should be a good way for Peterborough to start the season and it will definitely be helpful for me to have a look at so many Brits in action.“We don’t have an abundance of experienced riders so it is essential to look at those coming through. While I’ve worked with most of the lads in the GB Select team before in one capacity or another, this gives me a good chance to see how they go about things and what sort of mentality they have.”

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