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Image: Sportography / Ian Groves


The 2022 speedway season will begin at Smallbrook as the Wightlink Warriors take on the Cradley Heathens and Weymouth Wildcats tomorrow (Thursday).

The 3 teams will compete for the Michael Richardson Trophy in a series of 3 meetings. The destination of the trophy is to be decided by the highest aggregate score.

Wightlink Warriors’ manager Steve Piper is on a mission to improve on their 2nd place in last season’s competition. The Warriors will welcome back Ben Morley and Connor King, who will link up with 2021 homesters Danno Verge and Alex Spooner (pictured). However, the opposition have been shrewd with their rider selections, with Island experts Alfie Bowtell, Connor Coles and Henry Atkins being supported by several ever-eager young guns such as Ben Trigger and George Congreve.

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Speaking earlier this week, Warriors co-owner Barry Bishop said:

“I can’t wait to get racing underway this Thursday. We have been busy over the winter months with our normal preparations and, this time round – in addition to the usual stadium maintenance – we have had to deal with the major flood last January and the mindless damage from visiting football ‘fans’ in April. However, we have overcome these setbacks with the unceasing dedication of our loyal volunteers.

“Our Warrior team has been in place for some time now and it will be an exciting and an evenly matched way of getting our summer season under way.”

Expected teams:

Warriors: Connor King, Ben Morley, Alex Spooner, Danno Verge.
Heathens: Alfie Bowtell, Connor Coles, Tom Spencer, Chris Watts.
Wildcats: Henry Atkins, Jacob Clouting, George Congreve, Ben Trigger.

Gates at Smallbrook Stadium open at 17:15. Spectators are welcome to visit the pits and listen to the rider briefing at 18:00. The pre-meeting demonstration races will then follow ahead of the main event which will be at 19:00.

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9 days ago

More noise, light pollution and ozone depleting 2 stroke fumes, BUT as it entertains the dim and their clones, then everything is alright……………isn’t it?


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