With an away trip to Buxton for a National Trophy match today, the Wightlink Islanders have been rocked by the news that South African Byron Bekker, one of their winter signings, looks very likely indeed to be ruled out of action this year.
A specialist has told him that tests have revealed that he’s aggravated a previous knee injury during the course of practice laps he undertook at Smallbrook as part of our official 2013 Press and Practice day and advised him to undergo an immediate operation to repair damaged knee ligaments.
It does though create a real problem for co-promoters Chris Hunt and Kevin Shepherd, who are now doing all they can in terms of finding another rider capable of filling Byron’s racing boots.
Shattered by the verdict, Byron was naturally keen to seek a second opinion but it would seem nigh on certain that he will have to succumb to a surgeon’s knife and everyone at the club wishes him well in that regard.
“Our thoughts are with Byron at this time,” commented Hunt, “for as you can imagine he’s feeling absolutely gutted that he’s now set to miss riding for the Wightlink Islanders this year after being so keen to do so.
“We are working very hard indeed to try to sign a replacement rider and are currently talking to a couple of riders who we think might well fit the bill but even if we were to agree terms with one of them, there simply wouldn’t be the time to complete the necessary formalities for the replacement rider to be in our side at Buxton tomorrow. (see more below)
“We’ll therefore have to bring in a junior rider to replace Byron tomorrow but are very hopeful of both making and registering a new signing before our opening home fixture of the season at Smallbrook on Tuesday.”
GET ON DOWN TO SMALLBROOK THIS TUESDAY TO SEE THE WIGHTLINK ISLANDERS ROAR BACK INTO ACTION…
Indeed the long dull winter break without the adrenalin rush universally enjoyed at any speedway meeting is all but over for the Wightlink Islanders riders, management, and fans as they all look forward to the first home meeting of 2013 at Smallbrook this Tuesday (April 30th) against Stoke.