Following the disclosure last week that Alex Edberg would miss the rest of the season with ankle and shoulder injuries, Berwick’s speedway Bandits have moved swiftly to recruit another Swede to take over his line-up position in 23-year-old Robin Aspegren, writes Lawrence Heppell.
The Borderers made contact – through his parent club – once the full extent of Edberg’s injuries became clear, but any permanent team adjustments must be approved by the BSPA (speedway’s controlling body) and the club were granted official approval, which was rubber-stamped and received in time for last weekend’s action.
“Robin had been racing with Swindon in the Elite League this year until a clash of dates (he also races at home for Griparna) forced a recent parting of the ways,” explained Berwick team boss Ian Rae.
“We remember Robin from his racing at Newport over the past two seasons where he achieved his current average of 5.73, a figure that will replace Alex (4.59) very nicely indeed.
“Unfortunately, this means we are required to release Lubos Tomicek, which we have done immediately in the hope that Lubos – who is based in the south, near Leighton Buzzard – can quickly get fixed up with a club nearer his home.
“Lubos has done everything we have asked him to do – and a good bit more – since joining us, although the long-distance commuting was getting him down.
“He most certainly departs with our grateful thanks and best wishes – ironically, if he hadn’t actually improved his average while racing as a Bandit we would have been able to keep him on – but rules are rules and he had to be the guy to go.”
With Aspegren moving straight in to race in Edberg’s number two jacket, Berwick will at present deploy 16-year-old Tweedmouth schoolboy Liam Carr at reserve in place of Tomicek.
“Like I said, Lubos was finding his 600-mile round trip for home matches a real drag,” added Rae.
“That won’t be a problem for young Liam – his round trip will be nearer 600 yards!”
The new-look line-up took to the Shielfield Park track for the first time on Saturday night against Workington Comets, the confirmed favourites for the Premier League title, where they took a narrow 46-43 victory.
On Sunday night, the Bandits suffered a 55-39 defeat to Newcastle Diamonds at Brough Park, where they also lost reserve driver Jason King to injury.
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