SOME of the National League’s leading riders will do battle at Mildenhall Stadium on Sunday in an attempt to claim top honours in the Bernie Klatt Memorial Trophy.
Representatives from seven of the 10 National League clubs are to slog it out against each other in pursuit of individual glory, and the £250 first prize, in the 20-heat one-off meeting, sponsored by the Klatt family business BA Electrical.
Six of the seven current Mildenhall Fen Tigers side will be taking to the track, for the competition named after Mildenhall’s first promoter, with the one exception being Mark Baseby, who is currently on holiday.
Among the visiting riders set to do battle are Newport Hornets’ Australian star Jay Herne, the Dudley Heathens pair of Ashley Morris and Adam Roynon, and Buxton’s Robert Branford and Luke Priest.
“It is a very strong line-up, with the likes of Adam Roynon, Jay Herne and Robert Branford, all of whom are very quick around Mildenhall. But I feel in good form and hopefully can be in the shake up,” said Mildenhall Fen Tigers captain Jack Hargreaves.
Sunday’s meeting kick-starts what promises to be a busy seven days for the Tigers. Should the Scunthorpe Saints overcome the Belle Vue Colts in tomorrow’s second National League play-off semi-final, it would see the Tigers travel to the Eddie Wright Raceway on Friday, October 21, for the first leg of the National League play-off final.
Twenty four hours later, the Tigers will be back on the road when taking on the Stoke Potters at Loomer Road for the second leg of their National League Knockout Cup final, before facing either Scunthorpe or Belle Vue at West Row for their home leg of the National League Play-Off final the following day.
“It is good that the meeting has been put on ahead of what is set to be our biggest week of the season,” added Hargreaves.
“It keeps on us bikes but we as individuals have got be careful on the track not to take our team-mates out.
“With this being my first role as a captain both individual and as part of the Mildenhall team I want to make sure that we finish on a high and pick up some silverware.”