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The hugely popular Wightlink Warriors speedway rider, Chris Widman, will return in 2018 and ride in the main body of the team off a 4.26 average.

Before Christmas nervous fans had seen social media comments suggesting that ‘Widders’ was to leave the Island and pursue new interests elsewhere, however this was a planned ‘red-herring’ designed to keep the Warriors fans closely engaged in the run up to the announcement of the final rider for the new season.

Speaking about his future for the 2018 season, Chris said:

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“It’s absolutely fantastic for me to be back with the Warriors next season. The place, the people and the atmosphere gives me a feeling that no other track gives me.

“Although last season I was battling against many factors, this year my home and business life will be more organised and knowing where I am riding next season, so early, gives me plenty of time to get ready for 2018.”

Barry Bishop, the Warriors’ co-promoter added:

“The Widman family put the ‘W’ into the Warriors and without Chris in the side it simply would not be the same. We have however, had a bit of fun on social media saying that Chris was going somewhere else, which I hope everyone enjoyed and thanks to all those who played along with us.

“Welcoming Chris back to the team, with his business now operational, I am sure we are going to see more of the season ending Chris Widman from the start right though the 2018 season. Chris needs to bolster his average and should be knocking on a heat leader’s door in 2018. Welcome home.”

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