Bandits club form posse of riders for new season
Berwick Bandits have confirmed the speedway team they put together in the winter of 2019-20 will be the very same one that comes to the tapes in 2021, whenever they get the green light to go racing.
The seven-man line-up features Aaron Summers, Jye Etheridge, Dany Gappmaier, Leon Flint, Kyle Bickley, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen and Coty Garcia.
Berwick co-owner and promoter Scott Courtney said: “Speedway GB has announced the season will get started in May, at both Championship and Premiership level.
“After the sad news that Somerset will not be participating in the Championship in 2021, we are excited to hear that Plymouth have applied to step up to maintain a league of 12 ultra-competitive teams.
“Speedway GB has also launched a new initiative to help bring young British riders up through the professional ranks and, although there are a few tweaks to averages here or there, the Bandits fall nicely into the original 2020 team-building average criteria as well as the new 2021 rising star system.”
Courtney added: “We are excited to see speedway back in action at Shielfield Park Stadium in 2021, when it is deemed safe to commence, but we can’t stress enough how important it is that we all follow UK Government guidelines throughout these difficult times.
“We have more hope and optimism than we have had for a long time and, as a club, we urge everyone to look after themselves, both physically and mentally.
“Speedway is nothing without the fans, the sponsors, the riders and the clubs themselves.
“It is our dream to make sure we can all safely get together to enjoy opening night 2021.”