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Warriors LogoThe Wightlink Warriors speedway team will not be rejoining the National Development League in 2022, it has been confirmed.

The club’s management team had been engaging with the British Speedway Promoters (BSPL) to fully understand the joining terms of the NDL for 2022, but the decision was taken not to submit an application.

After reviewing the terms of joining, and given the Warriors late entry into discussions, plus the unique challenges to run speedway on an Island, the management felt that circumstances were not right for the Isle of Wight to return to the NDL and the club shall continue to stage shale track racing under the NORA banner next season.

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The management team hope they can continue the discussion with the BSPL and look for a possible league return in 2023, providing it is right for both parties.

Wightlink Warriors co-owner, Barry Bishop, has said:

“We know that many fans off the island have missed their trips to us this year and this news will obviously be a disappointment for some of them, but we can assure them – and our fans – that the intention for 2022 is to stage a series of events, even more exciting than our successful 2021 season, which we believe the fans will embrace and relish”.

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