Danny Ayres. Photo: Sportography


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The Wightlink Warriors have paid tribute to the well-known speedway rider Danny Ayres, who has died suddenly at the age of 33.

Danny regularly competed at Smallbrook Stadium as a competitor to the Island side and on occasions guested for the Warriors.

A spokesperson for the Wightlink Warriors has said:

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“We are all still in shock about the passing of Mr Entertainment, Danny Ayres.

“Danny really was dedicated speedway rider who had grown both as a person and rider in the time we knew him. He was always pushing himself, while supporting his team mates whether that was as a guest or his official teams. He always wanted to be the best he could be, proud of every win, every lap, every cheer from the crowd.

“Danny never said no to any opportunity to race or practise on the Island’s track – he loved it and we loved him. His entertainment, his all out style, his confidence.

“Martin Widman, everyone associated with the Warriors, Wizards and myself (Barry Bishop) send our heartfelt condolences to Danny’s family, friends and fans… you will be greatly missed. God speed”.

Ayres had represented a number of speedway teams across the country since starting his career in 2014, joining the likes of Kent, Glasgow, King’s Lynn, Leicester, Redcar, Mildenhall, Cradley and Ipswich.

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