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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Workington speedway rider Roynon home after amazing recovery

Injured Adam Roynon has returned home following his horror crash at King’s Lynn two weeks ago.

Adam Roynon photo
Adam Roynon

He was released from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge on Tuesday and brought back to his home in Barrow.

His dad Chris, himself a former speedway rider, said: “The doctors have been amazed at his progress and I think perhaps because he was young, fit and healthy beforehand, that has helped him enormously.”

Adam will have to wear a brace around his neck for around two months to make sure the broken bone in his neck is able to heal properly.

But he will be able to go to hospital in Preston for any further attention on the neck injury.

Roynon’s crash has served to open the door for 23-year-old Luke Priest, who has been drafted into the Comets line-up on a three-point average.

Priest has himself spent a long period out of the sport, after a collision with a metal pole while riding for Stoke in 2006.

The Shrewsbury-based rider said: “My signing has come about because of the injury to Adam, there’s no secret to that.

“They replaced him with Andre Compton and the averages could only take a three-point rider.

“Adam is a good friend of mine. We’ve grown up together through the grass track sport and it is a big shame when something like that happens to a friend or to anyone.”

Priest made his comeback from injury during last season and rode at Derwent Park for Mildenhall in July.

He said: “It was an up and down season. It didn’t start off as well as I expected, but it finished well enough. I remember leading Kauko Nieminen for a lap at Derwent Park and I had a pretty good night.”

And the 23-year-old is aware that he has been given an unexpected chance in 2009 and is determined to make the most of it.

“I didn’t expect to be in the Premier League this season, but it is what I wanted - and I’ll be grabbing the opportunity with both hands,” he said.

“As far as the Premier League goes, I want to hold my own and do a really good job for Workington and myself.

“At the time that I got injured I was scoring good points in the Premier League and I want to get back to that.”

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