THREE of Berwick’s riders for the coming season were in action at the weekend - in three different countries.
New Zealander Jade Mudgway travelled to the Rosebank in Aukland for what will be his only ‘home’ meeting this year - and won it.
On borrowed equipment, Mudgway blew away international riders from several countries to take victory in the Elf International event – a triumph that augers well for his 2011 campaign with the Bandits!
Result: 1st Jade Mudgway (NZ), 2nd Daniel Nermark (Sweden), 3rd Richie Hawkins (England).
Meanwhile, in Australia, Kozza Smith came very close to making it a Berwick double – only being pipped at the line by Richard Sweetman in the final of the Johnnie Hoskins Cup at Kurri-Kurri Speedway in New South Wales.
This meeting concludes Kozza’s very impressive homeland campaign for the year, and he will by flying back to the UK later in the month to join up with his new Berwick team mates.
Result: 1st Richard Sweetman, 2nd Kozza Smith, 3rd Alex Davies.
The third Bandit in action was new signing Hynek Stichauer, who competed in the annual British Ice Speedway event at Telford in Shropshire.
The Czech represented the Rest of the World in an international challenge against England. He scored nine points (3,2,2,1,1) as his side won 43-35.
He then teamed up with Denmark’s John Jorgensen in the Speedway Star Best Pairs where they were beaten at the quarter-final stage by veteran Gary O’Hare and Aiden Collins.
Later in the day the new Berwick signing also competed in the individual British Championship.
Stichauer, or ‘Sticky’ as he is often referred to, finished sixth overall, again scoring nine points from his five rides (1,2,2,1,3).
Meanwhile, organisers of Adrian Rymel’s testimonial meeting, which is being staged at Shielfield on Saturday, March 26, have announced the first details as to how the event will be run.
It will take the form of a four team tournament, with riders representing Great Britain, Australia, Denmark and either the Czech Republic or the Rest of the World.
So far riders booked include former England international Joe Screen, Australians Kevin Doolan and Mark Lemon, Berwick’s Lee Complin, and the two riders from the Czech Republic who of course arrived on these shores with Rymel way back in 2001, Michal Makovsky and Josef Franc.
If time allows there will also be a ‘Blast from the Past’ with former Bandits David Meldrum and Rob Grant taking to the track.
And following the event there will be an after-meeting party in the Black and Gold - tickets will be on sale shortly at £5 per head.
Further details will be announced in due course.