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Fen Tigers make further changes ahead of Kent meeting
The ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers have made a double change ahead of Sunday’s meeting with the Kent ‘Kings’ with 15 year olds Jordan Jenkins and Sam Bebee coming into the side at the expense of Chris Widman and Luke Ruddick.
Jenkins has already made an big impression at Mildenhall this season and in the British Youth Championship and will make his debut on the back of a fine victory in the latest round at Leicester on Sunday. Bebee too has ridden well in the Youth Championships and has already announced himself in Fen Tiger colours with two fine performances earlier in the season in the KO Cup ties against Eastbourne before breaking his wrist at Kings Lynn.
Both Jenkins and Bebee have signed deals for the remainder of the season and will start 2017 in the reserve berths for the ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers. With Kyle Hughes also making his debut on Sunday it will be a new look Fen Tigers! By an incredible coincidence Jenkins with join Hughes as the joint youngest ever rider to debut for the Fen Tigers on Sunday at just 15 years and five days!
Club chairman Kevin Jolly said “This has been hard for me as it is never easy releasing riders and with Luke and Chris both being good lads it is even harder, but I have to do what I feel is best for Mildenhall speedway and other clubs were starting to circle around our youngsters so I decided to act quickly.
Chris has possibilities of a team place elsewhere which I hope comes to fruition as he is a solid guy and a fine team man and he leaves with our thanks and very best wishes. Luke has had a difficult time this year but we certainly haven’t given up on him, he certainly can come again and I would not rule out seeing him in Mildenhall colours again this season. Like Chris I thank Luke for all his efforts and hard work, he is a lovely lad and hopefully we will still see him at Mildenhall on a regular basis.
Jordan and Sam are the first fruits from our second half racing programme and entry into the MDL, and hopefully more will follow. A club like Mildenhall will survive and progress only in my opinion by producing our own riders as we cannot compete with what some clubs can offer financially. We do however, look to take care of our riders, develop them and support them whilst with the club and that tome is much more important. How many meetings each will ride this season will depend on a number of different things but I am sure our supporters will get fully behind both lads”.
Mildenhall Speedway also were advised by Rob Parker this evening that he will sit out the remainder of the 2016 season as he looks to recover from illness.
Explaining his decision and his future plans Parker said “I have found that trying to race as much as I can whilst also running my own business has proved too much and rather than recovering fully from my bout of pneumonia I keep having setbacks and falling ill. After speaking with my family we have decided that for the remainder of this season or until I am fully recovered that I will take a step back to allow my body to properly recover. I will however go practising and race when I feel up to it to keep myself sharp. I would like to thank everyone at Mildenhall for their support during a difficult time for me and look forward to visiting the club soon to see you all”.
Jolly felt that Parker had made the right decision, he said “Pneumonia takes some time to get over and I feel Rob has made the right decision, his health must come first and like Luke he has time on his hands and can come again. We wish him all the best and I thank him for his efforts earlier in the season and look forward to him paying us a visit soon”.
The ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers will line up on Sunday:
1. Jon Armstrong, 2. Alfie Bowtell, 3. Kyle Hughes, 4. Connor Coles, 5. Dan Halsey, 6. Jordan Jenkins, 7. Sam Bebee
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