[W]orkington Comets have announced the signing of Thomas Jorgensen for the 2017 season.
The highly-rated 24-year-old Dane joins the Comets on loan from parent club Scunthorpe, with whom he won a championship winners medal in 2012 before later going on to spend the past two seasons with Berwick (pictured above).
Club owner Laura Morgan is delighted to have such an exciting rider joining the club for next season:
“Thomas is a rider that has always entertained whenever he has ridden at Derwent Park in recent seasons and he has regularly hit double-figure scores; and importantly, with plenty of race wins in amongst his appearances.
“He is very fast and stylish and once out in front at Derwent Park he is very rarely caught so he is sure to quickly become a big favourite with our fans.
“Thomas is still only twenty-four years of age and still improving but he has also shown that he can pick up points on the road too, which is an area that we have been lacking in recent seasons, so he fits the bill perfectly.
“We have actually tried to sign Thomas in the past but, for one reason or another, it hasn’t come off so we are all delighted that on this occasion we have been able to secure his services.”
Thomas joins the club on a 7.45 average following his 2016 season with Berwick, which is a figure that he is very keen to improve on in 2017.
“I definitely want to increase my average and I definitely want to win some trophies, so to do that next year with the Comets would be fantastic,” said Jorgensen.
“I am very excited for the new season already and I can’t wait to get started at Workington, which is a club and a track that I have always liked to race at and they have fantastic supporters so hopefully we can all have a really great year.
“The track is a big fast track, which I like and it is always smooth and well prepared and it is one where you can really race hard.
“I have had some good meetings there, especially in the past couple of years as I got dialled in to it properly. Towards the end of last season I guested at Workington for Redcar and scored 11 points, including three race wins, and once I get used to racing there every week it should be awesome.
“I now have an engine set up that really works well around there and that should make it a perfect home track for me.
“I will be spending the winter in the UK again this year and as well as doing some work I will be keeping fit with some mountain biking and training so that I will be in good shape when the new season starts.
“It is nice to get sorted out where I am riding next season so early and now I can focus on getting prepared and I am really looking forward to meeting everyone and hopefully we can have a very successful season in 2017.”
The signing of Thomas Jorgensen on a 7.45 average, along with the already announced signing of Matt Williamson on a 3.58 average, leaves the Comets with 28.97 points for their remaining five riders in order to fit within the 2017 team building limit of 40.00 points.