Young Talent Added To Craven Showcase

The next two names for Belle Vue's 2017 Peter Craven Memorial on April 1st have been unveiled by Director of Speedway Mark Lemon as the countdown to the club's season opener kicks on.

Former Aces reserve Joe Jacobs and Somerset's Rohan Tungate join Max Fricke, Kenneth Bjerre and Justin Sedgmen as confirmed starters for Manchester's first speedway fixture of the year

Jacobs made a triumphant return to racing in 2016 after taking a year off from speedway, and soon became a favourite amongst fans as one of the team's most improved riders by the season's end.

Rohan Tungate this year makes the move from Swindon to British Premiership newcomers the Somerset Rebels - his former Premier League side - after a stellar season with the Robins.

Joe Jacobs

Lemon said: "The field is coming together very well. I'm very happy with the line-up and I think the spectators will enjoy a very entertaining night of speedway to open the season here in Manchester.

"It'll be great to have Joe back at Belle Vue for this occasion. Unfortunately we can only sign seven riders and it really was disappointing for me that we couldn't fit him into the Aces side this year.

"Last year he got going very well around the National Speedway Stadium and everyone could see just how much he'd improved during the course of the season, particularly at home in Manchester.

"He started the season barely scoring, but in briefly joining the Isle of Wight in the National League and then securing a spot with Ipswich in the Premier League he just came on leaps and bounds.

"I feel gutted that he hasn't got a job this year but I'm sure something will eventually crop up for him. He's a great rider and this event will be the perfect opportunity for him to showcase himself.

Rohan Tungate

"Rohan will be at the pointy end of the field, there's no doubt about that. He's always quite openly admitted how much he loves the new Belle Vue circuit and he certainly proved it last season!

"In our first fixture against Swindon he gave our guys one hell of a lesson in how to ride the track which then gave me a bit of a quandary about the World Cup when Max [Fricke] was injured.

"He's a rider I rate very highly. He's a young Aussie whose career is, I feel, on the verge of a major breakthrough and I think he'll come into the Peter Craven Memorial confident that he can win it."

Tickets for the 2017 event are available online via the club's official website. Tickets that were not exchanged/refunded from the 2016 fixture may be exchanged for a free ticket to this year's event.

Fans are also reminded that to qualify for exchange, all 2016 meeting tickets MUST be exchanged between Saturday 18th March and Sunday 19th March by visiting the NSS box office only.

Photos by Ian Charles

Saturday 18th March 2017