AARON Baseby is set to make a sensational return to the Mildenhall Fen Tigers line-up after agreeing a short-term deal to come back to the club for the rest of the season.
The 22 year old, who has spent much of the 2012 National League campaign on loan from the Suffolk club at the Isle of Wight, has been drafted back into the fold by the Fen Tigers’ promotion team to cover for injured reserve rider Josh Bates.
Baseby’s return was made possible after his new average, which became effective on September 1, fell 0.04 points below that of teenager Bates.
After playing an integral role in helping the Fen Tigers lift last year’s National League Knockout Cup, the Kent-based rider was left out of the Fen Tigers’ team for 2012 due to his average being too high.
“When Michael Lee phoned me up asking to come back it was an easy decision to make,” said Baseby.
“I feel that Mildenhall is my home track after last year. All the fans up there are brilliant and they all get behind you.”
Although praising the club’s fanbase, Baseby, who arrives with a 5.26 average to his name, made it clear that his decision was influenced by two key factors.
“The team spirit at Mildenhall is exceptional and the lads there are a top bunch,” he said.
“The management team in place at the club was another big reason why I came back as they really do look after you well.”
Having guested for the Fen Tigers during their clash with King’s Lynn Young Stars at the weekend in place of the injured Cameron Heeps, Baseby will make his official return in a Mildenhall race jacket during the club’s final National League fixture at Stoke on Saturday.
It will be a busy weekend for both Baseby and his new team-mates with the side back out on track 24 hours later when taking on the Buxton Hitmen in a National Trophy clash.
“Although I prefer the track at Stoke to the one at Buxton, hopefully I can score big points in both meetings,” said Baseby.
Welcoming the former Bournemouth Buccaneers rider back at the club, Mildenhall co-promoter Michael Lee said: “We are chuffed to bits to have Aaron back in the team as with losing both Josh and Nathan Stoneman we needed someone to come in and carry the bottom end of the team for us.
“Although one club in the league has protested about his signature, everything has been agreed with Isle of Wight and the BSPA have given it the go-ahead.”
Earlier this week, it was announced by the BSPA that the club will have three representatives in this year’s National League Riders’ Championship at Rye House on September 29.
Set to fly the flag for the Fen Tigers will be Stefan Nielsen, Joe Jacob, and Cameron Heeps, subject to being fit.