Thursday April 01, 2021
BIRMINGHAM co-owner David Mason is pleased he didn’t press the panic button in the search for their final signing.

The Brummies held talks with several riders in their search for the final piece of the 2021 team jigsaw.

But patience paid off last week when double World Longtrack Champion Erik Riss changed his mind and decided to return to British Speedway with the Perry Barr club.

“Things couldn’t have worked out much better in the end for 2021,” Mason said.

“Since we walked through the door at Birmingham in 2018, we’ve had some really testing times.

“But we’ve all stuck at it, we’ve been determined to grow stronger for the challenges we’ve faced and I’d like to think things are looking up for everyone connected with Birmingham when we look at the year ahead.

“Erik’s change of plans have certainly worked in our favour; we got in touch with him as soon as we knew he was available again and it made us glad we didn’t just panic and say yes for the sake of saying yes elsewhere as that would’ve been very easy to do.

“Erik is such an exciting rider who has already proved he can score points around Birmingham.

“His signing totally transforms our hopes for the season and rather than talking about what could be, when you now look at our team on paper, we can start talking about what should be this year.

“It’s been great to see so much positivity from the supporters and seeing how excited they are about this team we’ve put together – and I must give huge credit to Laurence (Rogers – team manager) for all the hard work and hours he’s put in behind the scenes, it’s certainly paid dividends in the end.”

The 2021 British Speedway season launches on May 17 as long as the government roadmap out of lockdown remains on schedule.

Birmingham’s opening night at Perry Barr is Wednesday June 2 – ironically against Riss’ former club Redcar.

Share This:   Facebook Twitter