Back on track as vital weekend looms

Published on 26th September 2022
Author George Dodds
Mason inside Kent’s Ben Morley at Scunthorpe on Sunday

Berwick’s representatives had a tough afternoon in the National Development League Riders’ Championship but at least got the opportunity to blow away some cobwebs as the season enters a vital stage.

Luke Crang’s previous appearance was in the victory at Plymouth on August 9 as a work injury meant he was missing when the Bullets last rode, at Mildenhall on September 4.

Mason Watson did take his place in the line-up at West Row, an afternoon when knocks suffered by Kyle Bickley, Greg Blair and Ace Pijper left them unable to appear in the league’s big individual day out at Scunthorpe.

Not surprisingly both struggled in a very competitive meeting – won by Oxford’s Jordan Jenkins with 14 points, one ahead of Kent’s Max Clegg who beat Mildenhall’s Jason Edwards in a run-off for second place.

Luke and Mason will be back in the workshop this week as they prepare for the Bullets final NDL match at Leicester on Saturday night.

That – and Belle Vue’s trip to Armadale on Friday – will settle not only the four qualifiers for the play-offs but the finishing order.

Whoever tops the league – and at the moment that could be Berwick, Leicester or Mildenhall – will face the fourth-placed team in one semi-final with second racing third in the other.

Luke away from tapes inside Mildenhall’s Jack Kingston

If Belle Vue collect all four available points at Armadale they could, depending on the Bullets’ result, still finish second with Berwick capable of ending the campaign in any of the four positions!

On the same afternoon Bandits’ skipper Chris Harris clinched a bronze medal in the World Longtrack GP series, fellow Brit Zach Wajtknecht pipping him for second, behind champion Mathieu Tresarrieu, by winning the final at Roden in Holland.

NLRC pictures courtesy of Ian Rispin
Medal man … Longtrack bronze for the skipper

 

George Dodds
George Dodds

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