Bandits preparing for their ‘biggest ever’ meeting

Berwick are now busy preparing for what they rate as the biggest meeting in their 40-plus year history - the FIM Grand Prix Qualifier at Shielfield on Saturday, June 16.

The meeting will feature the likes of Chris Harris, Tai Woffinden (if fit), Davey Watt, Christian Heffenbrok and Sam Masters.

Details of the official practice have yet to be released by the club - they are expected this weekend - but a club spokesman said the practice was likely to be open to the public and any funds raised through donations at the gate would go to the Lee Richardson Memorial Fund.

Berwick have been awarded the meeting following the installation of their new polyfoam safety fence and an inspection by FIM officials.

Promoter John Anderson said: “It promises to be a great event and we are really looking forward to showing everyone that we can host a meeting of this magnitude.

“I’m sure there were a few raised eyebrows when it was announced we were getting the meeting, but we have put in an awful lot of hard work to make sure it is a success and fingers crossed, hopefully the weather will be kind to us because there are some quality riders on show and I’m sure the fans are really looking forward to seeing them on our track.”

Only last week Bandits’ skipper Lee Complin was named as one of the reserves for the meeting, and he revealed he was excited at the prospect of competing in it.

But his injury - a suspected broken hand - which he sustained at Workington on Monday, now puts a question mark over his involvement.