Coventry Buildbase Bees have completed their team for the 2012 season.
With five riders already signed, the following additions were announced. Leigh Lanham will join Aaron Summers in the team doubling up spot while Henning Bager comes in as a full time reserve.
The second reserve spot sees Jason Bunyan rejoining Bees and will be doubling up with Bees asset Adam Roynan.
Lanham has plenty of Elite League experience and will be a valuable asset on the smaller tracks such as Lakeside with whom he spent time during his long career. It is felt that Bager has room to improve and with the right handling will serve Bees well.
Bunyan had the previous season ruined by injury and his low average enables him to slot into the final spot in Bees team. Roynan is another rider who has had more than his fair share of injury, many of them not of his own making and it is hoped that like Bunyan, given an injury free season he can provide the points needed at the bottom to give Bees their aim of at least a play –off spot.
The one rider from last year to miss out is Ryan Fisher who, due to problems with Aaron Summer’s average and the dropping of the reduction in British rider’s averages, cannot be fitted into the seven. Mick Horton expects him to be fixed up with another club in the near future. The other rider from last year, Josh Auty, has moved to Premier League Scunthorpe who ride on a Friday, which effectively rules him out at Brandon for this season and has signed for Birmingham.
With the fixture list out unusually early, everything is in place with almost two months to go.
Bees open with a revival of the traditional Brandonapolis. With many riders in need of practice before the opening Grand Prix in New Zealand at the end of March, new promoter Mick Horton promised fans at a recent supporter’s talk-in at Nuneaton that they will be treated to ‘the best line-up to be seen in Britain this year’.
Confirmed starters to join Bees top four are current World Champion Greg Hancock, Freddie Lindgren, Nicki Pedersen, Rory Schlein and Sebastian Ulamek.
Horton also told fans of his ideas for the new season. These included more fan friendly presentation and a re-vamp of the track shop. He is also working on bringing more sponsorship to offset the extra costs in running as he has now bought the rights to Speedway at Brandon outright.
Following on from the Brandonapolis, Bees first team action is against Birmingham in the Midland League on Friday, March 23.