POOLE have announced a trio of current and former Grand Prix riders who are non-UK regulars to headline their 70th Anniversary meeting on March 23.
Matej Zagar, Peter Kildemand and Kenneth Bjerre will all be in action at Wimborne Road with six of the Pirates’ regulars, along with ex-Poole men Hans Andersen, Bjarne Pedersen and Nicolai Klindt.
Danish Champion Niels-Kristian Iversen and youngster Frederik Jakobsen are also included along with Ipswich’s Nico Covatti.
Poole promoter Matt Ford said: “I'm over the moon to have secured the line-up we have, with just one place to fill.
“It's very exciting to have the likes of Matej, Peter and Kenneth coming over and I'd also like to thank Elite Fabrication's Andy and Sue Rice for their support.”
KING’S Lynn have extended their team sponsorship deal with Guy Nicholls – and will now be known as the Tru Plant Stars.
Nicholls is portraying his new brand for plant and heavy machinery at both the Adrian Flux Arena and in the SGB Championship with Ipswich.
He said: “We are very pleased to be on board with King’s Lynn once again this season.
“I love the sport of speedway and I’m pleased to remain involved and support the Stars for what promises to be an exciting season.
“Speedway is a great sport. I’m pleased to see Niels-Kristian Iversen back at King’s Lynn. It is important for any team to have a big hitter at No.1 and Niels brings that to the table.”
THREE former Workington riders have been named in the line-up for the season-launching Cumberland Open Championship on March 31.
Josh Grajczonek, Ricky Wells and Kyle Howarth have all held heat-leader berths at Derwent Park in the recent past and are expected to pose a strong challenge to the Comets’ regulars.
Owner Laura Morgan said: “We feel we have put together a very attractive field for this year’s Cumberland Open, which we believe will get our season underway in fine style and provide some very competitive track action with quality riders in every race.
“We are all very much looking forward to the new season and this meeting will provide a stern test for our own riders before Glasgow come to town the following week in our first home team fixture.”
THE line-up for the Ben Fund Bonanza at Peterborough on March 18 has been completed by Charles Wright and Thomas Jorgensen.
Sheffield and Somerset star Wright scored a full maximum at the East of England Arena last season, whilst Jorgensen will be appearing in his third Bonanza in the last four years as he prepares for the new campaign with King’s Lynn.
Wright ended last season on the sidelines with wrist injuries after a crash in the SGB Championship Pairs Final at Sheffield last October.
He said: “I’ve spent the whole winter trying to get it right. It won’t ever be the same but I’ve got it as close as I can in time for racing. I’m definitely fit enough to start the season.
“I’ve never have the chance to do the meeting before, so I’m looking forward to it, and racing for a good cause. I’ve had a bit out of the Ben Fund after my crash last year so I am pleased to be returning the favour.”
LAKESIDE have confirmed several star names for the Lee Richardson #RICO Spring Classic on March 23.
The new-look Hammers, including heat-leaders Nick Morris and Richard Lawson, will be in competitive action for the first time with Steve Worrall, Edward Kennett, Jason Garrity and Gino Manzares also in the field along with former Lakeside man Paul Hurry.
Lakeside boss Will Pottinger said: “We’ve also invited Max Clegg; obviously he’s someone who was originally included in the Hammers’ line-up so it will be interesting to see how he gets on.
“It would be nice to see one of the Lakeside riders win it but it is a good chance for our lads to get some competitive laps under their belt.
“I’m expecting a good night of racing and I’m sure the fans will enjoy it in memory of a fabulous rider.”
TROY Batchelor is keen to turn silver into gold when he takes his place in Belle Vue’s 90th Anniversary celebration meeting on March 24.
Swindon returnee Batchelor finished runner-up last season and is one of three more names confirmed for the line-up along with American racer Ricky Wells and Frenchman Dimitri Berge – who won a World U21 qualifier at the National Speedway Stadium in 2016.
Batchelor said: “It’s a fantastic place and I had some excellent meetings there last season. It would be nice to win this time. I came so close last year but Kenneth [Bjerre] just beat me.
“I’m pretty flat out in the build-up to this one. Swindon are actually against Belle Vue the week before so it will be a good chance for me to get an idea of what to expect from the track.
“There’s some pretty amazing riders in the field, with Doyley [Jason Doyle], Craig Cook and Niels-Kristian Iversen, so I’m really looking forward to giving it a really good go on the night.”
DANISH superstar Niels-Kristian Iversen is coming to Sheffield for Simon Stead’s Farewell Meeting on March 25.
Also amongst the latest names to be announced for the Owlerton event are two riders who Stead will be managing for Leicester in the SGB Premiership this season – GB international Danny King and Polish newcomer Krystian Pieszczek.
Stead said: “The news just gets better and better. When I came off the phone to Niels after he confirmed he’d be here, I literally punched the air with delight.
“It will be the first time Krystian has raced at Sheffield, and I’m sure the fans will look forward to seeing him.
“As for Danny, he’s a great lad and we’ve had some good times racing together over the years. It really means a lot to me that he’ll be riding in the meeting.”