SKIPPER HOWARTH BECOMES TIGERS ASSET

Sheffield chief Damien Bates insists there’s more to come from British racer Kyle Howarth after making him a full Tigers asset. The Mancunian racer has extended his stay at Owlerton into 2023, having first joined the Tigers in 2016. He became an asset of British Speedway Promoters Ltd following the closure of parent club Workington, but Tigers have now bought his contract from the governing body. Howarth serves as club captain and has established himself as a rock-solid performer for Sheffield. But Bates believes his best is yet to come from the Tigers stalwart. “You can't go wrong with Kyle," BSPL vice-chairman Bates said. “He's a fully committed rider with a great attitude, he's fantastic to watch around Sheffield, he's a good team man both on and off the track and he's hugely popular with our supporters. “He's part of the furniture at Sheffield now and it's hard to imagine a Sheffield side without him in it. “We've been looking at adding him to our assets list for a couple of years now, but for one reason or another it hasn't happened. But investing in assets is vital for any club's future and so it made sense to get a firmer hold of someone like Kyle. “He had what I'd say was another solid enough season in the Premiership in 2022. Having said that, I still think there's even more to come from him. “The way the team is being built, I actually think it will help Kyle over the course of the season and I think we'll get even more out of him in 2023.” Howarth joins the likes of Speedway GP rider Jack Holder, French racer David Bellego, Poland’s Tobiasz Musielak and fellow Brit Lewis Kerr in the Sheffield squad, with two more team spots left to fill. Photo: Taylor Lanning

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TORUN RECRUIT SGP3 STAR KAWCZYNSKI

SGP3 bronze medallist Antoni Kawczynski is set to step up his career in Torun colours after signing a contract with the PGE Ekstraliga giants. Kawczynski’s all-action style won him plenty of fans in Wroclaw, as he finished third in SGP3 – the FIM Speedway Youth World Championship – on a dramatic night last August. The 14-year-old Pole has one more year left at SGP3 under-16 level and is set to graduate on to a 500cc bike next season. And when he does make the step up to 500cc racing, he will do it with Torun – possibly landing a spot in their PGE Ekstraliga Under-24 side, or even competing for one of their junior spots in the PGE Ekstraliga once he turns 16.

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REW SET FOR BRITISH DEBUT WITH IPSWICH

Australian Under-21 champion Keynan Rew admits Speedway GP rider Jason Doyle tempted him to Ipswich as he makes his British league debut in 2023. Rew has spent his entire European career in mainland Europe so far, forging a close connection with Polish giants Leszno, before making the move to First Division team Gdansk for next year. With former Bulls team mate Doyle leading the Ipswich side for a second straight season, Rew admits the 2017 world champion pointed him in the direction of Foxhall. He told the Witches website: “Me and Doyley are pretty good friends, we speak regularly, and he told me Ipswich is the place to be, that it is very professionally ran and there’s never a problem there. He helped me to make it happen and talked me into going. “My career so far has been based mainly in Europe. I haven’t done anything in the UK yet, so probably not a lot of people know me there. I have been racing in Poland for the last three years. I started in Rawicz, I went to Leszno and eventually ended up in Krosno last season in the First Division. Next season I will be racing in the First Division with Gdansk in Poland. “From what I have seen and heard, Ipswich is a very professional club and the management were great to deal with. When I started to speak to Chris (Louis), he made it very easy and simple to get a contract done, which made life simple and made me excited to join the team.” Rew hopes to hit the ground racing in the UK as he prepares for the Australian summer season. He said: “I will be doing a fair bit of racing in Australia and keep the bike time going whilst everyone else in Europe is struggling for bike time. That is an advantage for us. Other than that, I will chill out, go to work and enjoy my summer!” The 19-year-old appeared in the final round of this season’s SGP2 series – the FIM Speedway Under-21 World Championship – falling just short of the semi-finals at the FIM SGP2 of Poland – Torun on September 30. Polish-based Rew was a series reserve for this year’s competition, but he hopes to play a more regular role in SGP2 next season, as well as starring for his clubs. He added: “I would like to be scoring well in Poland and the UK. It is my first season in the UK, so I don’t have the biggest expectations, but I have goals and I want to be scoring well there and I have the personal goal to race in SGP2 and do well in that.”

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FRICKE CONFIRMS INDIANS AGREEMENT

Aussie champion Max Fricke set his sights on the Bauhaus Elitserien play-off final after extending his stay with Indianerna into 2023. Fricke competed for the Indians this year, alongside racing in Speedway GP, the Polish First Division with Zielona Gora and the SGB Premiership for Belle Vue. Next season sees him change clubs in Britain and Poland as he moves up to the PGE Ekstraliga with Grudziadz, while making a loan switch to SGB Premiership newcomers Leicester. But he will line up in Indians colours once again, albeit not necessarily appearing in every meeting due to a busy international schedule. Fricke joins forces with Speedway GP rival Jason Doyle, plus the likes of former Polish champion Szymon Wozniak, Rohan Tungate, Krzysztof Buczkowski, Norbert Krakowiak, Hugo Lundahl and brothers Gustav and Jonatan Grahn. The Victorian racer is backing the Indians to mount a bid for the final. He told the club’s website: “I am very happy to get the chance to come back to Kumla in 2023. “The team looks really exciting, and I think we have a good chance of getting a good result together. I really enjoy coming to Sweden, the atmosphere, the team management, fans and the club in Kumla is really a wonderful place. “As a team we are looking forward to taking the next step now and pushing hard to reach the final, which I personally think we can have a very good chance of achieving.”

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SCHLEIN SEALS SHOCK WOLVES RETURN AS MORRIS MOVES UP WITH LEICESTER

Former British champion Rory Schlein has completed a shock return to Wolverhampton for 2023, with Aussie star Nick Morris heading to SGB Premiership newcomers Leicester. Schlein retired from the sport at the end of the 2021 season, moving from the UK to Adelaide with his family. But the Darwin-born racer recently stunned the sport when he was unveiled as a 2023 signing by SGB Championship club Berwick, and Wolves have now confirmed he will return to Monmore Green, where he raced from 2017 until 2021. Wolves boss Chris van Straaten admits news of Schlein’s unexpected comeback made it easier to allow Morris to depart for Leicester – the club he represented in the 2022 SGB Championship. He said: “As I have said on more than one occasion now, Wolverhampton’s participation in the 2023 Premiership was dependant on the addition of a seventh club to the league. “So we were delighted when Leicester’s application was accepted and of course there’s the added bonus from our point of view that it’s another Midlands club, which can only be a good thing. “We received early communication from their management, who asked if we would consider releasing Nick Morris so that they could have some form of continuity in their team after he raced for them in this year’s Championship. “Around the same time, I received a message from Rory saying: ‘I’m on my way back boss.’ At first I was a little confused and wasn’t entirely sure what he meant, but I soon established that he was moving back to England to race professional speedway again. His young family haven’t settled in Australia and they’ve made the decision to return to the UK. “He asked if there was any way possible that we could fit him into our team plans, so myself and Peter (Adams - team manager) discussed a few things and we decided to bring Rory back to replace Nick, who is an integral part of Leicester’s team plans. We wish Nick all the best and we thank him for his efforts since joining us in 2019. “But on the other hand, it’s absolutely fantastic to have Rory coming back to British speedway and of course Wolverhampton. He became a very loyal servant to the club in the latter stages of his career and we’re confident he can pick up where he left off in 2021.” Leicester promoter Stewart Dickson admits Morris was the one rider Lions wanted to keep as they make the move into Britain’s top tier for 2023. He said: “First and foremost we’re thankful to Wolverhampton for giving us the opportunity to keep Nick at Leicester. “I’m sure he’d tell you himself that it was a tough decision because Wolves are a very professional club who looked after him well, but we made him clear that we wanted him to stay with us. “He’s the track record holder around the Paul Chapman & Sons Arena, and with the new ruling in play for the aggregate bonus point, he was one rider that we very much wanted to keep, and we’re very pleased that we’ve managed to do so. “I looked back to his scores from when he was riding for Swindon, and it’s clear that Nick should not be a six-and-a-half-point rider in the Premiership, and we’ll be working to get him back up. His home form certainly isn’t an issue, and what we’ll be working on is his consistency on the away tracks. “Nick isn’t coming here to be a second string at Leicester next season, rest assured about that. On the average that we’re getting him at, I think he’s the one that can move up the averages, which is something that all team managers look for.” Photo: Taylor Lanning

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