28 June 2022
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Danish SGP2 star Jonas Knudsen and talented Brit Nathan Stoneman have been unveiled this morning as the new reserve pairing for the FTS Bandits, powered by Keenwood Karpets.
Subject to BSPL approval the duo will make their debut for the Bandits against Scunthorpe in front of the British Speedway Network camera on Saturday, June 25.
They will replace Kyle Bickley and Ty Proctor in the Championship side’s starting seven but the 20-year-old Cumbrian will continue to captain the National Development League Berwick Bullets side and will be lead them against Mildenhall on Saturday.
Knudsen, also 20, made his debut in the new GP event alongside fellow Dane and Glasgow and Peterborough star Benjamin Basso.
Cardiff-born Stoneman, 25, races for Oxford Chargers in the NDL and has been a regular replacement for the injured Josh MacDonald in the Championship Cheetahs side and has already raced at Shielfield this season in the colours of both Oxford teams.
Unfortunately to accommodate them the Bandits have had to replace Proctor who has not recovered from neck and shoulder injuries sustained in a crash at Newcastle on May 1 and aggravated following a crash against Glasgow during his short-lived return four weeks later.
The popular Aussie has set his sight on a track return in 2023.
Team manager Gary Flint added: “There are some mixed emotions about making a change at number seven but following discussions with Kyle we feel that his confidence is only being damaged by racing in the Championship at the moment.
“We want him to rebuild that confidence by continuing to lead the Bullets and pursue his under-21 and under-24 commitments in both Britain and Poland.
“Kyle wants to get back on top of his game and feeling confident and when he is we will welcome him back. But as a club we have a duty of care to our riders and there is no doubt that Kyle’s confidence at Championship level is at a concerning low point and we don’t want to see it diminish any further.
“Speedway is a dangerous game and when a rider isn’t high on confidence, the risks are often higher and we don’t want to see Kyle not enjoying his racing at this level.
“Nathan is a 100% battler which is what we need at the moment. He’s a great lad, riding well with the Oxford Chargers and has had some good Championship outings this season.
“Ty Proctor has been totally committed to the club and I can’t give him enough credit for that. Unfortunately, his injuries sustained on a less than pleasant Newcastle track are causing constant discomfort and for the good of the team – and with Ty’s support – we need to make a change to steady the reserve berth.
“Jonas is a good friend and rival of Leon’s stretching back to their 250cc days and is doing great in Denmark, Poland and the SGP2 series.
“Although the British tracks are new to him, I’m confident he will crack on and score well.
“I expect full commitment from the team for the rest of the 2022 campaign and with a fully fit seven-man team for the first time in a long time, we will be targeting points on the road, big home wins and a strong run-in to the business end of the season.”
Your Berwick Speedway promotion would like to take this opportunity to thank our friends at Glasgow Tigers Speedway club who have been of great assistance in helping establish Jonas’s visa for us.