ALUN Rossiter is backing Troy Batchelor in his Elite League Riders’ Championship title defence.Batchelor is expected to take his place at Leicester for the showpiece event on Saturday March 21 – subject to his visa going through on time, and he will be joined by Nick Morris in the first major event of the season as new signing Adrian Miedzinski has his testimonial in Poland which was arranged before he agreed a deal with Swindon.Robins boss Rossiter said: “We have been working closely with officials of UK Visa and Immigration and we thank them for their help and assistance so far. We hope to have everything cleared for Batch to defend his title at Leicester and I know how keen he is and ready to race.“I’m sure he will have plenty of determination to try and retain his ELRC title which he won at King’s Lynn late last season.”(SPEEDWAY 2)
REDCAR have announced Ben Morley as the final member of their 2015 team.Morley, who is also set to captain Kent in the National League, joins the Bears as a replacement for Richard Hall who will now not be rejoining the club.He has previous Premier League experience with Rye House, and has been highly recommended to the Teesside outfit by Rockets promoter Len Silver.
KENT have two new candidates for a reserve place after Rikki Mullins withdrew from the Kings’ team plans.Mullins made a winter application to join the Royal Marines, which has proceeded faster than expected, and he has therefore elected not to resume his speedway career.He said: “I thought it would be best for everyone if I gave up my place to somebody else who could start the season from the beginning with Kent, rather than me doing a few meetings and then having to pull out after a month or so to go on military training. I'd like to apologise to everyone involved at the club and my sponsors.”The Kings will now trial two riders at their Media and Sponsors Day on March 30: Liam Sanderson, who rode for hometown club Scunthorpe last season, and local grasstrack rider Matt Saul who is looking to make the transition to the shale.
MILDENHALL have confirmed the seven riders who guided the Fen Tigers to league title glory in 1979 will be reunited at the club's 40th Anniversary Palmer Trophy meeting.Current Team Manager and 1979 skipper Robert Henry will be joined by team-mates Ray Bales, Mike Spink, Melvyn Taylor, Richard Knight, Mick Hines and Mick Bates at the March 29 event.Promoter Kevin Jolly said: “This is something very special, to get all these lads back together at Mildenhall for our 40th Anniversary meeting is wonderful news for the club and our fans.“Everyone I spoke to was so happy to be invited and their presence will add to what is a looking like being a memorable day for the club. I am confident that we will have in the region of 50-plus ex-Fen Tigers as guests ranging from 1975 through to the present day and we will be announcing further names next week.”
SUNDAY MARCH 8:BEN FUND BONANZA: Swindon 4pm