Sedgy Makes Way For Tungate

Belle Vue have capitalised on new Green Sheet averages to snap up Australian ace Rohan Tungate who makes his debut for the Rentruck Aces in their home meeting against Rye House.
His arrival is coupled with the departure of outgoing No.4 Justin Sedgmen, which Director of Speedway Mark Lemon admits was not an easy decision but was done in the best interests of the club.
He said: “I thought long and hard about what I was going to do. I was hoping to see Justin step it up with Belle Vue but sadly this is a performance-based sport and he’s been struggling to find the form he's capable of.
“It’s heart-breaking for me because I’ve known Justin all his life and we’re friends but I had to put business first and do what’s best for the team and I really do wish him well going forward.
“The opportunity to bring in Rohan [Tungate] was too good to be true. There were other clubs chasing after him but his fondness for our track was a vital factor behind my decision to bring him to Belle Vue.
“I feel he will fill the No.4 position very well. I think it’s more within his comfort zone and from what we’ve seen of him already in Manchester I think he will fit in with our team dynamic very well.
Tungate began his season with Somerset before being unexpectedly released by the club last month, which he put down to his designation as No.1 stating, “they couldn’t find anyone to do that job.”
He was the cornerstone behind Belle Vue’s bank holiday defeat to the Cases Rebels after putting in a massive 13 points from five rides; a sure sign of his affinity for the National Speedway Stadium.
The 27-year old is delighted to be back in British Speedway’s top flight and is looking forward to resuming his campaign with the Rentruck Aces, and says he’s much more comfortable as a second string rider.
Tungate said: “I’m pretty stoked to be at Belle Vue. It’s a great club with an amazing track and I’m always happy to ride there. There were a few other teams after me but I had to go with my gut feeling.
“I’m really pleased with my decision. Getting dropped by Somerset didn’t lower my confidence or anything. I’m riding well abroad and I know I can come in and do a good job for Mark Lemon in the second string.”

Belle Vue Speedway would like to thank Justin Sedgmen for all of his hard work and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

Photos - Ian Charles

Thursday 22nd June 2017