“I am really happy that I was chosen by David Hemsley during the selection process on Wednesday because of all the clubs Leicester was my first choice. I rode for the Lions in 2012 and during my time there it was a professionally run club with a great set of supporters. I have received many messages from fans who have already sent me good wishes and I can’t wait for March to come around” said Simon Lambert.
Josh Auty said: “It is great to be back riding in the Elite League after missing out last season and I aim to make up for lost time. I have heard nothing but good things about Leicester and whilst it is a little while since I last rode the track I am looking forward to the challenge of helping the team have a more successful season than last.”
With Szymon Woźniak a confirmed starter who is now joined by Josh Auty and Simon Lambert that just leaves four team places to fill. “Good progress is being made on a number of fronts with regards to negotiations with riders and we should soon be in a position to confirm our 2015 team” added the Lions Promoter David Hemsley.
Motorcycle Live 2014 opens its doors this Saturday 22nd November at the NEC, Birmingham for a nine-day biking spectacular crammed with live shows, interactive features, celebrity guests and of course, the very latest new machinery from the world’s leading manufacturing.
Speedway will be represented at the event that runs from 22nd to the 30th of November and our Leicester mascots will also be in attendance on the British Speedway Stand. So if you would like a day out at the NEC say hello to Dan and Joe Thompson who will be at the exhibition this weekend and next along with Stephen Whitehouse who will be present on the stand on Monday and Tuesday of next week.
David Hemsley came away from Speedway’s Annual General Meeting at the weekend heartened by the decisions that were made between each of the promoters concerning the 2015 Elite League season which begins in March.
“I went there with a shopping list of changes that in my mind would give the Elite League a lift in terms of the quality of the offering and was pleased that as a group we all were of a similar opinion that a step change in certain areas was necessary for the betterment of the sport. The big plus factor for me was to see the points limit per team increase and I am pleased to say that a rule was passed to move the benchmark from last season’s figure of 32 to a total of 34 points for the riders in the main body of the team. The additional two points will make a difference to the overall quality of the side and at reserve the fast-track scheme has been re-appraised which means that in theory the skill sets between the riders at number six and seven in each team will be much more evenly balanced” explained the Rapid Solicitors Lions Promoter David Hemsley.
The promoters of the Elite League clubs meet again on Wednesday 26th November to select and assign sixteen British riders from the fast-track list to each team. “With Szymon Wozniak already a confirmed starter and with our two reserves in place before the end of the month that just leaves four spaces to fill and with the points’ level confirmed at 34 we can now move on with completing the team” added Hemsley.
Hemsley, who will serve as a reserve member of the Management Committee on matters appertaining to the Elite and Premier Leagues, was also buoyant about an amendment that was passed regarding match points. “There is nothing more exhilarating for fans than to see your team clinch the match in the very last race of the night. In a figure driven sport it is one of the facets of speedway and akin to the winning goal scored in the dying seconds of a football match. However, the winning team at home in speedway is awarded two match points and the losers gain one as a consolation bonus point for keeping the score-line so close. Instead of a feeling of elation, the home supporters leave the stadium not excited by the fact that their team won a thrilling finale but disappointed at having dropped a point. From this season the home team will receive three match points for a win and the visitors will gain a point for keeping the result to within six points.”
The Lions season will begin with home and away meetings against Coventry for the East Midlands Bowl before launching into their first Elite League fixture.
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