STOKE have pulled off the signing of former National League Riders’ Champion Max Clegg as their new No.1.
Clegg, who had a spell with Buxton last season after a four-year association with Cradley, has been brought in by the Potters after Luke Chessell was injured in a motorcycle crash in the United States.
Stoke promoter Dave Tattum said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have Max join the club, and really didn’t think we could attract someone of his calibre to Loomer Road.
“He is an out-and-out No.1 and has won numerous league titles, and he has also won the British U-19 title and National League Riders Championship.
“He is a real class act and has always been exceptional around Stoke when he’s ridden here against us, and he will be a real asset to us. I’m delighted that Max has agreed to join us, it is a real boost for the club.”
SCANDINAVIAN stars Hans Andersen and Jacob Thorssell are the latest big names to be included in Simon Stead’s farewell meeting next month.
They join World Champion Jason Doyle and Slovakian superstar Martin Vaculik in what is rapidly becoming a brilliant line-up on Sunday March 25 (4pm) at Owlerton Stadium.
Stead said: “Both Hans and Jacob were quick to accept my invite. I’m delighted to have them both at Sheffield and I hope plenty of Leicester and Wolverhampton fans will come and join us.”
The news comes hot on the heels of a meeting sponsor for ‘SS The Last Lap’ event. Pennine Blinds is owned by Stead’s best friends Jonny Bailey and his wife and both were keen to get involved.
Stead added: “It’s amazing to have Jonny on board, he’s been by my side in the pits throughout the country over the last decade. When he said he wanted to be meeting sponsor to promote Pennine Blinds I couldn’t believe it. I’d urge everyone to support his business.”
NEW Wolverhampton No.1 Jacob Thorssell insists he’s up for the challenge of leading from the front.
Swedish ace Thorssell has completed his rise up the team ladder and is ready to return from serious back injuries sustained in last season’s SGB Premiership play-offs.
He said: “Riding at No.1 will be a challenge but I'm really looking forward to it. It's a sign of my progress - something I've done every year since I first signed for Wolverhampton.
“I've gone from reserve to second string, second string to heat leader and now I'm starting the season as the top averaged rider in the team.
“I know it's going to be a little bit tougher but I'm going to treat it like there's no difference. It's just a number on my back but I know I need to step things up another level and I'm keen to get started.”