Teenage speedway sensation Kyle Bickley has retained the backing of a West Cumbrian firm as he continues his rapid rise in the sport.

Cleator Moor company Kirkland Carpets and Bed Centre has sponsored 15-year-old Bickley for a number of years and will carry on its support as he makes the jump up to the SGB Championship this year with Workington Comets.

The firm were a key sponsor of the Workington-based rider during his maiden National League campaign last season and hope they can help him adapt to the next level.

The company is run by speedway fans Alistair Dunsmoir, his brother Andrew and Andrew's wife Jacky.

Alistair said: "We've been with him for a bit now and he's stepping up into the next level.

"He's progressed quite quickly for his age when you look at his CV, what he's achieved and the experience he's got.

"The world is really his oyster if he can keep improving year-on-year.

"He's got time on his side and what we like about him is that he's a local lad who's keen as mustard and will do anything to help you.

"He's very grateful for any help you can give him, plus we're a family firm and they're a family team."

Bickley helped Belle Vue Colts to a National League title last year and was jointly named Rider of the Year with his new Comets teammate and fellow West Cumbrian Dan Bewley.

He also picked up the award for the top points scorer, and the team manager’s Rider of the Year gong.

Bickley said: "They've been such a good sponsor over the last few years that I almost see them as family.

"They've helped my racing career come on leaps and bounds with their finances and support."

Kirkland Carpets and Bed Centre was started by long-time speedway fan Michael Dunsmoir.

The family-run firm was the first ever main sponsor for Workington Comets in 2000 and has had a long association with the sport.