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It’s Bears and Monarchs this week for the Comets

Thomas Jorgensen (blue helmet) and Craig Cook (red) put the first turn squeeze on Berwick’s Nick Morris (white) in heat 13 at Derwent Park last Saturday! (photo: Dave Payne)
Thomas Jorgensen (blue helmet) and Craig Cook (red) put the first turn squeeze on Berwick’s Nick Morris (white) in heat 13 at Derwent Park last Saturday! (photo: Dave Payne)

[T]his weekend sees the Comets in action at Derwent Park on SUNDAY evening at 7:30pm when they take on one of the form teams of the Championship; the Edinburgh ‘Parsons Peebles’ Monarchs in a league fixture.

The speedway is taking place on Sunday this weekend, rather than the traditional Saturday, because there is a music event taking place at the stadium on Saturday evening.

This fixture sees both the number ones of their respective teams going head to head against their former clubs; with new Monarchs number one Ricky Wells, a Comet for the past three seasons, going up against Craig Cook, who of course had five very successful seasons with the Monarchs from 2011 to 2015.

With the Edinburgh side also featuring Australian Champion Sam Masters and the in-form Riss brothers, Erik and Mark, from Germany in their ranks, this could well prove to be the Comets toughest test of the season so far. Nevertheless, it is a test that the Comets owner, Laura Morgan is very much looking forward to.

“Our matches with Edinburgh are always pretty tense affairs as, over the past few seasons, they have had a considerable amount of success so they have always provided us with a very entertaining match at Derwent Park, and this time will be no different I am sure,” enthused Morgan.

“No doubt Ricky will be keen to return here and show that he still knows his way around the place while Craig will be keen to score points against his former club, so the fans are in for some great racing from the number ones. But, with the Monarchs and ourselves each having solid sides throughout then a great match is in prospect, and one not to be missed by the supporters.”

The Comets are also in SGB Championship action tomorrow (Thursday) evening at Redcar and they are eager to take points back from the Redcar Bears after they snatched a draw at Derwent Park just under three weeks ago.

Comets team manager Tony Jackson certainly believes that his side are more than capable of coming away from Redcar with something to show for their efforts and said: “It was very disappointing to draw with the Bears at our place but with several of our side having shown a liking for the Redcar circuit in the past we certainly feel that we can get a result there.

“Craig Cook rides well everywhere, while Ty Proctor is a former Redcar number one and knows the circuit better than most. But, with several other team members having previously had good meetings there in the past we believe that we have every reason to go there with confidence; despite the fact that Redcar are a much improved side this season and have a very solid top end to their team.

“We are still lagging behind most other clubs in the number of fixtures that we have raced so far this season, but we can feel the confidence gradually building in our side and things are coming together very nicely as we move towards the busy summer months of the season.”

With the new speedway season now well underway there are sponsorship packages for all budgets available on request from Dan on 01900 813999 or via email [email protected]


  • Thursday 18th May at 7:30pm: Redcar v Workington (SGB Championship)
  • Sunday 21st May at 7:30pm: Workington v Edinburgh (SGB Championship)
  • Saturday 27th May at 7:00pm: Workington v Ipswich (SGB Championship)
  • Bank Holiday Monday 29th May at 5:00pm: Peterborough v Workington (SGB Championship)

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