Vissing is Hungary for success with Bandits

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One of Berwick’s new signings has taken no chances when it comes to preparing for the new season which begins next weekend.

Claus Vissing, who is set for his first year as a Bandit, travelled all the way from his homeland in Denmark to Hungary, where he hired a private track.

Along with his mechanic - former rider Mitch Davey - he made the 1600 mile round trip where he spent three days practicing, testing and setting up his bikes for the new season.

Vissing, who last year rode for Edinburgh, plans to use four brand new machines in 2014, two for continental racing and two for his outings with Berwick.

Australian Davey, who is still recovering from the broken leg sustained in a fearsome track crash at Sheffield, was a team-mate of Vissing with the Monarchs last year.

Director George Hepburn is tipping Vissing to be a big hit following his move from Armadale.

“As everyone knows, we have been tracking Claus for some time,” said Hepburn. “He always seems to go well at Shielfield and we are expecting him to be a big scorer for us at home.

“His friendship with young Liam (Carr), which developed at the tail end of last season at Edinburgh, should also help Liam settle in.”

On his own website, Vissing wrote: “Spring came early in Denmark and I was itching to get back on a bike again. I am busy preparing for my first meeting with Berwick.”

Bandits’ fans will get their first chance to see Vissing’ Carr and the rest of the new-look Berwick team in action this weekend, when the club stage their annual press and practice at Shielfield on Saturday (March 22).

All the 2014 Bandits will be on show and the new race jackets will be revealed for the first time.

Admission is free - the track shop will be open and afterwards the riders will attend a meet the fans in the Black and Gold with a question and answer session. Admission to the event is £5 and will include hot food and music.

Meanwhile, Matty Wethers and Carr represented Berwick at a northern speedway media launch to mark the start of the 2014 season at Newcastle on Monday. Riders from Redcar, Workington and Newcastle were also in attendance.