Stalybridge racer ready to defend crown

REIGNING British speedway champion and Belle Vue star Charles Wright will defend his crown at the National Speedway Stadium following confirmation the 2020 British final will take place there on June 22.

Stalybridge-based Wright, 31, has been a professional rider for almost 17 years and is delighted to this year finally link up with his local team after intense interest from several other Premiership clubs.

Photo: Ian Charles
New Belle Vue Signing – British Champion Charles Wright
Belle Vue Supporters Christmas Cracker, Belle Vue National Speedway Stadium, Manchester, Thursday 12 December 2019

Wright, who has previously ridden for 11 teams, said: “I’ve been around for a few years now. My brother has ridden for Belle Vue and, way back in the day, my grandad Jim Yacoby used to ride for the Aces so it’s a real pleasure to be here.

“It’s a great feeling to know the Belle Vue supporters are behind me as well. I’m very excited to be a part of this team for the new season and I can’t wait to get started.”

Winter may be in full swing, but the new-look ‘BikeRight’ Aces have already been cooking up a storm with supporters and Wright believes they have all the components for a powerful league machine.

His Belle Vue teammates in the 2020 Premiership are Brady Kurtz, Steve Worrall, Dan Bewley, Peter Kildemand, Jaimon Lidsey and Jye Etheridge.

He continued: “I think we’ve got a team of racers and that’s just what we need, especially at Belle Vue. We’ve got youth and we’ve got experience, and pretty much all the lads know each other.

“I’ve ridden with Brady and Peter before and they’re top class, and I got to know Jaimon and Dan while I was in Australia before Christmas. They’re good guys and I think it’ll be quite a fun year.”

Fixtures for the upcoming speedway campaign have been unveiled, with Belle Vue’s flagship event, the Peter Craven Memorial, opening the season in Manchester on Saturday, March 21.

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