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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Four Workington Comets speedway riders to double up in Elite League

The strength of the Workington Comets team this year has been highlighted with more than half the side doubling up to ride in the Elite League.

Rene Bach photo
Rene Bach

Riders Richard Lawson, Adam Roynon, Rene Bach and Kenny Ingalls have all secured doubling up berths with Elite League sides.

Bach and Lawson have both signed for Peterborough while Roynon will be riding for Coventry and Ingalls has joined Swindon.

Although not all Elite League teams have been completed Workington currently have the equal highest number of riders doubling up – four – along with Scunthorpe.

In addition to that Roynon will also be riding in the National League for Dudley while reserves Gary Irving and Kyle Howarth are both looking for National League places as well.

Team manager Tony Jackson believes the experience that all the riders will get will benefit Workington but was keeping his fingers crossed that they also stayed injury free.

Jackson said: “We have six riders in other leagues which while is great for experience it just means it is another chance to get injured.

“It means while watching them ride for Workington I will also be looking at the internet every single night to make sure nobody gets hurt.”

However, despite the potential injury worries that the extra matches will bring Jackson is looking forward to seeing members of his team pitch themselves against some of the best riders in the world.

He points to the excellent form of Lawson towards the end of last season after he got an extended run in the Peterborough side.

Jackson said: “It is good experience for the riders and it will benefit everybody.

“Richard was sharing a race track with Nicki Pedersen last year and you can only learn from working alongside a rider like that.

“There are good riders in the Elite League and our riders can only benefit from watching everybody in that league.

“They can experience following and passing better riders. It certainly sharpens up your starting and you can learn techniques that can only help you.”

Jackson is still excited about the team put together and believes if they stay injury free the Comets will win trophies.

He said: “Every single rider can improve their average and that is the art of winning trophies and championships.

“I think Rene will be right up there and Adam is on such a low false average.”

Workington will now look forward to the Premier League fixtures being released which Jackson believes will be towards the end of January.

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