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The Mildenhall ‘KJM/Manchetts’ Fen Tigers have signed their second rider ahead of the 2017 season with Norwich based 15 year old Jordan Jenkins returning to the club after three highly promising outings for the Fen Tigers late last season. Jenkins had impressed in the British Youth Championship where he finished on the podium, and had stepped up from demonstration races at Mildenhall to the National League side following his fifteenth birthday in August. The highlight of his season in the Fen Tigers colours being a fine paid thirteen in the heavy defeat of Cradley at West Row.
Kevin Jolly was pleased to have signed such an exciting young talent – he said “This is another great piece of news for Mildenhall Speedway and our supporters, Jordan has great potential, and is a highly likeable young man who wants to learn and progress his career in the correct manner. We put in a lot of time and effort last season with Jordan and are grateful that he has shown loyalty to Mildenhall. We will not put any pressure on him and of course will support him in every way possible. He was a pleasure to work with last season as was his Grandad Ross and both will be valued additions to our pit area. Things are starting to fall into place nicely and once the NL AGM has taken place we hope to be in a position to announce further riders”.
New club Co-promoter James Easter added “Jordan and his Grandad Ross came to Torun with me late last season and everyone was impressed with Jordan. His behaviour off track is as impressive as his talent on it, he is a well adjusted and polite young man and we will look to work closely with him and his family to help him develop further. Neither Jordan nor his Grandfather asked for any financial inducements or additional payment terms, and were always conscious that we have a reasonable wage structure. When signing riders we look at many factors, not least their character, and everyone at the club has been impressed by the whole Jenkins family, and their attitude to his development. We understand this is an important year both on and off the track with Jordan taking his exams during the season and we will work with Ross to ensure Jordan’s schooling needs are fully met”.
Jenkins was pleased to have secured a team place early ahead of his first full season in the National League, he said “I am pleased to be returning to Mildenhall, I enjoyed my time there last season and was very grateful for all the track time I was given and the support I received from the Mildenhall Management team and riders. I would like to thank the supporters for their friendliness at the End of Season party last Saturaday, and look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year”
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