The former Lions rider, Max Clegg, came out on top to win the National League Riders’ Championship at Leicester on Saturday. Clegg, who was representing the West Midlands club Cradley, dropped just one point in his fifth ride to finish three ahead of second placed Ben Morley and Tom Perry who required a run-off to decide the minor positions.
Max Clegg 14 points, Ben Morley 11, Tom Perry 11, Luke Bowen 10, Matt Williamson 9, Nathan Greaves 8, Ben Wilson 8, Jake Knight 7, Ashley Morris 7, Lee Payne 6, Mark Baseby 6, Dan Halsey 5, James Shanes 5, Robert Branford 4, Ryan Blacklock 4, Chris Widman (reserve) 4, Ryan Kinsley (reserve) 1 and Liam Carr 0
The Beaumont Park Stadium is all set to break new ground with its first staging of the National League Riders’ Championship on Saturday. Sixteen of the top riders, which includes last season’s champion Ben Morley, will be racing for the coveted trophy.
The line-up is a mixture of riders with Elite League experience and ‘Young Guns’ out to spoil reputations. All twelve National League clubs are represented with Belle Vue, Kent, Cradley and Rye House having two riders in action. There is the added interest for Lions fans as three of the competitors, Tom Perry, Robert Branford and Max Clegg are all former Leicester riders.
Clegg approaches the final in confident mood following a career best performance on Wednesday at Birmingham where the teenager won the British Under-19 Championship.
The meeting starts at the usual time of 7.30 pm and admission prices are as follows:
Children (between 12-18) £8
Under 12’s free
Please note that this meeting does not form part of the Leicester Speedway season ticket offer
NATIONAL LEAGUE RIDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW
1. Tom Perry (Birmingham), 2. Dan Bewley (Belle Vue), 3. Ben Morley (Rye House), 4. Nathan Greaves(King’s Lynn), 5. Ryan Blacklock (Buxton), 6. Luke Bowen (Kent), 7. James Shanes (Kent), 8 Ashley Morris (Cradley), 9. Ben Wilson (Stoke), 10. Mark Baseby (Isle of Wight), 11. Mitchell Davey (Coventry), 12. Robert Branford (Rye House), 13. Max Clegg (Cradley), 14. Matt Williamson (Belle Vue), 15. Dan Halsey (Mildenhall), 16. Jake Knight (Eastbourne)
RESERVES: Jack Parkinson-Blackburn (Birmingham) and Ryan Kinsley (King’s Lynn)
Leicester’s match against the King’s Lynn Stars tonight brings to a close their fixtures in the Elite League at Beaumont Park. The Stars like the Lions have experienced a difficult season but that should not detract from another entertaining meeting against the Norfolk club who have the best record of all clubs having not lost a match in five previous visits.
The last occasion they were at Beaumont Park was in May and the two sides were evenly matched that night with the outcome of the meeting not decided until the final race. Tonight’s match is likely to go the distance too as the Lions strive to end the visitors proud record.
Tonight’s meeting starts at the usual time of 7.30 pm.
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