BELLE Vue youngster Kyle Bickley has marked his 16th birthday by becoming an asset of the club.
Bickley, who won the National League with the Colts in 2017 and will also race for Workington in the SGB Championship this season, signed a letter of intent in February 2016 expressing his desire to join the Manchester outfit when he became eligible.
Said Bickley: “A lot has happened in the two years since I signed that letter. It feels like only yesterday really, and now to have signed as a full Belle Vue asset is a dream come true.
“It means so much to me to be a part of such an historic club. From being their mascot to joining the Colts last year, I’ve enjoyed every minute and I’m really looking forward to the new season.
“The club is so well-run and the stadium is magnificent. The management are fantastic and the fans are some of the best in the country. A rider in my position couldn’t ask for more than that.”
POLISH sensation Krystian Pieszczek has made a flying visit to new club Leicester.
Pieszczek, who is one of several exciting newcomers entering the SGB Premiership this season, was keen to travel to ensure he has machinery readily available in the UK and has been to weigh up his home track at the Paul Chapman and Sons Arena.
Said Pieszczek: “I am very happy and honoured to play my part for Leicester this season.
“I hope to fulfil the goals set by the management and hopefully my results will help the team reach the play-offs.”
TREBLE British Champion Chris Harris has joined the line-up for Simon Stead’s Farewell Meeting at Sheffield on March 25.
GB racer Harris was a team-mate of Stead at Coventry in 2008, whilst another of his former clubs is represented with the appearance of Swindon’s French star David Bellego. Stead was an Elite League title winner with the Robins in 2012.
Stead said: “Bomber has been a loyal servant to British Speedway and I’m sure he’s got some good years left in him, he’s still a tough competitor and he’ll score lots of points for Glasgow in the Championship.
“David is a class act, he turned out to be one of the main reasons behind (Swindon) winning the league last season because he went on an amazing run of form. I’m delighted to have him in my meeting.”
BERWICK are linking up with former rider Kristian Lund for their main title sponsorship in the new season.
Lund, who had spells at SGB Championship level with Newcastle, Newport and Edinburgh in the mid-2000s, now fronts Danish-based speedway products manufacturer and distributor KLS, and the name will also be attached to the Bandits’ youth system.
Co-promoter Scott Courtney said: “Their reputation in the speedway world speaks for itself and I am very excited about introducing the KLS brand as our title sponsor.
“Their products and service work fantastically within our sport internationally and we proudly recommend using KLS for all speedway equipment.
“I’m also thrilled to welcome back Mike Hope of Wooler Ltd as our ‘powered by’ sponsor. The Hope family are all synonymous with the club and their support is fantastic.”
SOMERSET have named Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance as their new charity partner.
The charity’s airbase is situated at Henstridge Airfield on the Somerset/Dorset border, and they have flown in excess of 12,000 missions since their initial launch in 2000.
Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock said: “We share the same year of inception with DSAA and I have always been impressed with the valued operation they provide within the Emergency Service.
“There have been occasions where our sport has required such a service and so I am delighted to be able to offer them the support of the Rebels.
“During the season we will be pleased to hold collections to help with their funding, and I am sure our loyal band of supporters will do what they can to support the charity.”