Ryan Kinsley and Luke Ruddick return to Mildenhall Fen Tigers for 2020 season
Ryan Kinsley will bid to enhance his popularity with fans of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers after being unveiled as the club’s number one and captain for the 2020 National League season, writes Graham Clark.
The Norfolk-based rider will sport Fen Tigers colours for the third year running having ridden for club during the 2018 season before being drafted into cover for Danny Ayres during the closing weeks of the recently completed campaign.
Joining Kinsley back at Mildenhall Stadium will be Luke Ruddick spent last season riding in speedway’s third tier for champions Leicester Lion Cubs and in the Championship for the Edinburgh Monarchs.
Phil Kirk, co-owner, said: “We all know what Ryan did in 2018 by really upping his average and he was really taken to by the crowd and when Danny Ayres got injured last season it was a no brainer to bring him back.
“Ryan will be keen to up his eight point average and he is up there with the very best riders to ride around Mildenhall in recent times.
“Luke has come back on a 6.67 average and that should be a steal with how he was going last season. He is fully fit now and has been practising hard already over the winter. It was his decision to move away and learn other tracks which will have benefited him.
“Both riders got experience in the Championship this year and although they have missed out on places in that league next year that experience will help us.”
Kirk believes that building a balanced team is the way forward to fighting for top honours in the National League next year.
Following the conclusion of this year’s National League AGM on Monday the West Row based outfit will be one of seven teams to take to the tapes in speedway’s third tier next year.
Although the points limit has been raised from 36 to 39, the Fen Tigers’ management will not be going down the road of building a top heavy side.
“The phone has not stopped ringing with riders wanting to come to Mildenhall but as ever it is tough picking the right riders to fit the 39 point limit,” said Kirk.
“We want to try and get a balanced side of riders that will improve throughout the season rather than getting big hitters in that will leave us weak at the bottom end.
“If we win all our home meetings and pick up a few points on our travels there is no reason why we won’t make the play-offs.”
The Fen Tigers will also stage two individual meetings next year after being given the National League Riders Championship and one of three semi-finals for the British Under-21 Championship.
“We are very pleased to have them both as any big meetings can only help improve and raise the profile of the club,” said Kirk.
“It is great that the three stand alone clubs in the National League have been given the British Under-21 semi-finals as the BSPA have realised that these clubs need the meetings and it great they have showed such support.
“If it works out right the National League Riders Championship should bring together the best 16 riders in the league which will be a good thing to us.”
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