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|Tuesday 24th November 2015|
Zagar Named Aces Spearhead
Belle Vue are delighted to confirm that their long-serving top gun and resident Grand Prix superstar Matej Zagar will be back to spearhead the club in 2016 while team building continues in earnest.
The undisputed Slovenian No.1, who’s already confirmed for Stal Gorzow and Ikaros Smederna, flew into Manchester earlier this week to meet with club bosses and finalise his contract.
Whilst in the city he also took the opportunity to visit the site of the National Speedway Stadium, home of the Belle Vue Aces, which he described as “an overwhelming place in every aspect.”
Along with a trio of appearances for Trelawny, Swindon and Eastbourne over the years, it was at Reading where Zagar was most comfortable until quitting the British scene at the end of 2010.
He began his affiliation with Belle Vue some three years later and has maintained ever since that Manchester is the only place he’s prepared to call home whilst competing on these shores.
Matej Zagar (CS)
The World No.6 is determined to make up for an injury-ravaged end to last year after three colossal crashes left him with several painful injuries that kept him out of action and unable to compete.
But following weeks of rigorous physiotherapy, he was able to rejoin his team mates for one last time in the Elite Grand Final where they hoped to secure top flight gold against the Poole Pirates.
A two-point deficit in the wrong direction rendered them runners-up however, but it’s a shortfall that is already spurring on Manchester’s current ensemble of riders ahead of the winter period.
With another key piece of the puzzle now in situ, along with Craig Cook and the Worrall twins, Aces chief Chris Morton is confident that the club’s remaining potential signings will soon fall into place.
He said: “We’ve had discussions with Matej over the last few weeks. He’s an ambitious rider who is very much looking forward to a fresh new challenge as we move forward into the new stadium.
“When we first brought him to the club and we told him about our plans for the future, it was something that interested him greatly and he’s been watching the progress very closely.
“He visited the site on Monday and was extremely impressed with what he was seeing, and made no secret of his determination to continue his affiliation with us for a fourth successive season.
“The management have developed an excellent relationship with Matej over the last three years and we’re very much looking forward to seeing him back in Belle Vue colours in our new stadium.”
|Friday 20th November 2015|
Aces Secure British Duo
Two very familiar faces are on their way back to Belle Vue next season after bosses confirmed that the British duo of Craig Cook and Richie Worrall have secured fresh deals to return to Manchester.
Following a year away from the Elite League Worrall rejoins his parent club alongside his slightly younger twin brother Steve, who has been selected as one of their two 2016 Elite Draft Reserves.
He parted ways with a rich Motocross heritage in order to pursue a blossoming career in Speedway back in 2011 when he made a highly successful debut in the National League.
Such was the strength of the impression he left that by 2012 he was competing at all three levels of the sport in the UK with the Lakeside Hammers, the Newcastle Diamonds and the Stoke Potters.
It was an impression that did not escape the eye of the Belle Vue promotion, who made him a full asset of the club a year later and in 2014 he took his place amongst their second-string.
With three British riders so far having rallied to the Aces banner, CEO David Gordon expressed his satisfaction with team-building efforts in Manchester as planning for next year continues to evolve.
He said: “As far as possible, where the team is concerned, we are great believers in maintaining consistency from season to season but there are certain situations where change is inevitable.
“We are very pleased to be able to welcome Richie Worrall back to Belle Vue. He is an asset of this club and is very keen to prove himself as an individual who belongs at this level of the sport.
“Throughout the 2015 season we’ve kept an eye on his progress and were very impressed with what we saw, and he in turn demonstrated that the time is now right for him to come back.”
Returning favourite Craig Cook has been something of a favourite amongst the Belle Vue faithful since arriving at Kirkmanshulme Lane off the back of a tremendous season in 2011.
Change has rarely punctuated his career path, and aside from short spells with Workington, Buxton and Peterborough the 28-year old has preserved his extended loyalty to only two clubs.
But he’s ultimately vetoed a return to the Edinburgh Monarchs next year in favour of concentrating full time on his top flight commitments, while he also seeks to expand his career on the continent.
Club supremo Gordon said: “Craig Cook is a rider who has made no secret of his desire to return to Belle Vue next year and we’re thrilled to be able to confirm him amongst our team in 2016.
“This will be his sixth consecutive season with the club and he’s already voiced his enthusiasm in that respect after he recently visited the site of our new home at the National Speedway Stadium.
“Towards the end of last year, he produced the kind of performances we know he’s always been capable of producing and we’re looking forward to seeing how he’ll develop as we move forward.”
Now officially part of the Belle Vue squad, Cook and Worrall will also take their place amongst the star-studded line-up for the 2016 Peter Craven Memorial Trophy on March 19th next year.
|Friday 13th November 2015|
Manchester Named SWC Host City
The Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup Race Off and Final is back in Great Britain for the first time in a decade as Belle Vue’s brand new National Speedway Stadium in Manchester hosts the action on July 29 and 30 next year.
Team speedway’s biggest meetings have not taken place in Great Britain since Reading staged the 2006 Race Off and Final – the last time the Lions appeared on the SWC rostrum, finishing third.
Double individual world champion Tai Woffinden, 2006 SWC bronze medal winner Chris Harris and their team mates have a golden opportunity to end their podium hoodoo, as they are automatically seeded into the Final as host nation.
They face the winners of Events 1 and 2 and the Race Off victors.
In a change for 2016, the Race Off – featuring the second and third-placed teams from Events 1 and 2 – takes place on the Friday night. This offers fans a terrific two meetings in 24 hours in a city steeped in speedway history.
BSI Speedway managing director Torben Olsen said: “It’s fantastic to be bringing two of the biggest meetings in the speedway calendar back to Great Britain.
“Belle Vue have made no secret of their ambitions to create a venue Britain and Manchester can be proud of, and one that can stage the sport’s top events.
“The Monster Energy SWC Race Off and Final are two of the most exciting and fiercely-contested meetings on the speedway calendar, and I’m sure the likes of Tai Woffinden and Chris Harris will be determined to make it a weekend to remember for the home fans.”
Belle Vue chief executive officer David Gordon said: “Bringing the Monster Energy SWC Race Off and Final to the National Speedway Stadium is a credit to everyone who has worked tirelessly to bring the project to fruition.
“The Belle Vue Aces are one of the world’s most iconic and historic clubs and it’s fitting that two of the sport’s biggest meetings should take place here in Manchester – a city with a famous speedway and sporting pedigree.
“We hope big meetings will become synonymous with Belle Vue in the years to come and we look forward to welcoming speedway fans from across the world to the National Speedway Stadium in July.”
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Attracting international races that bring the world’s spotlight on both the new National Speedway Stadium and Belle Vue Aces has been the ambition for the project from the beginning.
“The growing popularity of the sport will only be boosted even more when the world cup arrives next summer, and I hope the club can exploit that enthusiasm, encourage new riders to take to the sport and help them benefit from the excellent facilities at the Belle Vue Sports Village.”
Ticket details for the Manchester events will be released in due course. Keep checking Speedwaygp.com for the latest news.
|Wednesday 11th November 2015|
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|Thursday 5th November 2015|
Gordon "Thrilled" With GOM Response
It’s been nearly nine years in the making, but in January 2015 the ground was broken on one of the most significant speedway project in decades that has captured the attention of the nation.
Less than ten months since construction began the National Speedway Stadium, home of the Belle Vue Aces, has ceased to be an artists’ impression and has become a physical presence.
Scheduled to open on March 19th 2016, plans are already afoot to ensure this state-of-the-art venue is introduced to the world in style with its flagship event, the Peter Craven Memorial Trophy.
The inaugural meeting has already attracted some of the finest riders across the world, including the likes of current world champion Tai Woffinden, Nicki Pedersen and Chris Holder.
With more global superstars expected to grace the line-up, including the brand new Belle Vue Aces themselves, club supremo David Gordon expressed his delight at the response to date.
He said: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the incredible response so far, not only to sales for the Grand Opening Meeting but also to our season ticket applications for the upcoming campaign.
“Clearly the new stadium, not to mention the success of the team last year, has inspired the Belle Vue supporters and we’re seeing the proof of that through each of these avenues.
“For the Peter Craven Memorial Trophy, we have already filled both the main grandstand and hospitality suites to capacity and tickets for the terraces are also selling rapidly.
“There’s a lot of work ahead to ensure different groups of people have a memorable experience, and that they know they have the opportunity to come here and be truly entertained.”
|Wednesday 4th November 2015|
Belle Vue Bag Super Stevie
Belle Vue are delighted to confirm that club asset Steve Worrall will be returning to Manchester in 2016 as one of their two Elite Draft Reserves after being selected by bosses at Tuesday’s AGM.
Much to the delight of supporters, Worrall made a triumphant debut around Kirkmanshulme Lane last year following an impressive introduction to the top flight with fierce rivals Swindon in 2014.
The former motocross star first tried his hand at the methanol sport six years ago and raced his first competitive season with Scunthorpe’s National League side, the Scunthorpe Saints, in 2010.
Possessing a natural flair for the shale, he rapidly advanced to Premier League action two years later where he’s been associated with Redcar, Edinburgh and predominantly Newcastle.
Since arriving in Manchester, Worrall has continued to build on his meteoric development and is quietly making headway as something of a “Mr Consistent” both on home turf and away.
His most memorable performance for Belle Vue came at Wolverhampton in the form of a flawless 15-point maximum, a contribution that helped secure his parent club’s place in the 2015 Play Offs.
In addition to maintaining his mantle at No.6, the 24-year old will also take his place as the first reserve for the inaugural meeting of the National Speedway Stadium on March 19th 2016.
The St. Helens-born rider also confirmed he will again be doubling up with the Diamonds next year after being named Newcastle’s ‘Rider of the Year’ on Saturday at the club’s annual dinner dance.
Belle Vue boss Chris Morton spoke of his delight at being able to confirm the return of young Worrall to Manchester, citing him as one of the “building blocks” for the club’s future.
He said: “Steve Worrall is a rider who has always impressed us ever since he came to our attention and we are delighted to be able to welcome him back to Belle Vue next season.
“The potential he’s displayed throughout the last twelve months has been extremely encouraging and we are confident there is much more to come from him as we go forward into the new stadium.
“His attitude and his professionalism are spot on, and he never gives anything less than 100% in every meeting he races. He is very much a part of the vision we have for the future of this club.”
Having broken ground on their team-building plans for the upcoming campaign, Belle Vue bosses have confirmed that further signings for their 2016 squad will be revealed in due course.
|Monday 12th October 2015|
2016 Season Tickets
2016 Elite League and National League Season Tickets are now available.
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|Monday 27th April 2015|
Grand Opening Meeting Tickets
The countdown to the biggest meeting in British Speedway is on as Belle Vue starts to gear up for the grand opening of the National Speedway Stadium on March 19th 2016.
The Peter Craven Memorial Trophy makes a triumphant return to the club’s fixture list with some of the sport’s biggest names scheduled to star in the flagship event.
Tickets for this highly anticipated event are expected to sell like hot cakes when they go on sale tomorrow at 8am sharp and fans are encouraged not to delay securing their place in history.
To book your tickets go to www.bellevueaces.co, call 0161 223 7720 or stop by the Belle Vue Speedway site office on Pink Bank Lane in Gorton.
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