Isle of Wight Warriors skipper Ben Morley rejoins Kent Kings as British speedway aims to return in May

Isle of Wight Wightlink Warriors skipper Ben Morley has rejoined Championship club Kent Kings.

Friday, 22nd January 2021, 11:26 am
Ben Morley in action for the Isle of Wight Wightlink Warriors. Pic: Ian Charles

But it is hoped that the rider will be able to continue his career with Warriors in the third tier of national speedway.

‘Ben has been given a fantastic opportunity at Kent, a track on which he has produced amazing results in the past,’ said Warriors co-promoter Barry Bishop.

Morley, 26, rode for the Warriors in 2018 and 2019, having signed from Eastbourne.

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Starting his National League career with Rye House in 2009, he rode for Kent Kings between 2013-2015.

‘We wish him all the best and I am sure he will be a real asset to them.

‘That said, we are very hopeful that we will see him back at Smallbrook to lead the Warrior charge in 2021.’

After the entire 2020 league season was cancelled due to the pandemic, The British Speedway Promoters AGM concluded with a firm intention to resume racing in May.

They have announced a five-year development plan with an emphasis on bringing through young British talent via the Premiership and Championship leagues.

For 2021, teams in these top two tiers will now be obliged to track at least one British ‘rising star’ at reserve in their line-up, with the number rising to two from 2022 onwards.

Bishop commented: ‘It goes without saying that we are still in challenging times and many factors remain fluid.

‘Nevertheless the Board and main league promoters are confident of getting the go-ahead for everyone to be on track in May with the new youth dynamic being a welcome positive step for the future of British speedway.

‘Now that the structure of the top two levels is known, Martin (Widman, co promoter) and I will be working with our fellow promoters and the league co-ordinator to formulate the next steps for the Wightlink Warriors in the National League.’