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KURTZ RELISHING MANCHESTER MOVE

Belle Vue star Brady Kurtz believes his move to Manchester will bring the best out of him following Poole’s shock SGB Championship switch.

19 / 05 / 2020, 12:16

Belle Vue recruit Brady Kurtz believes his move to Manchester will bring the best out of him following Poole’s shock SGB Championship switch.

Kurtz was forced to seek pastures new after last year’s SGB Premiership table-toppers opted to move down to the second tier.

The former Aussie champion has spent much of the past four seasons as Pirates No.1 and hopes to lead a power-packed Aces side when the season starts, as he joins Peter Kildemand, Steve Worrall, Dan Bewley, Charles Wright, Jaimon Lidsey and Jye Etheridge at the National Speedway Stadium.

Belle Vue wasn’t necessarily the best deal, but it was definitely the best option to come and ride on a track I like so much. I think that can help me the most in my career.

Brady Kurtz

While Kurtz was unsure where to go following his enforced departure from Poole, he believes switching to one of Britain’s best race tracks will help him hit top form once the season resumes from its coronavirus-enforced suspension.

He said: “Belle Vue wasn’t necessarily the best deal, but it was definitely the best option to come and ride on a track I like so much. I think that can help me the most in my career.

“Lemo (team manager Mark Lemon) and I get on pretty well too. We have been friends for years, so it’s nice being here with him.

“Hopefully the move all goes well because I am looking forward to it. I’m hoping to be better than I have been in the last couple of years. I think I definitely can be. I have worked hard over the winter.

“I think coming here is going to change my mindset a little bit. Hopefully that will be for the better. I am looking forward to racing here every week and enjoying it.”

Kurtz admits he’s stunned to be lining up in red and black instead of blue and white following Poole’s surprise exit from the top division.

“No-one is more surprised than me!” he said. “I don’t really know what to say about Poole moving down. It’s a shame really. But all the best to them in whatever they need to do to keep the club going. If that’s what Matt (Ford) has to do, I hope it all goes well for him.

“It feels weird being somewhere other than Poole. But hopefully it all turns out well for everyone.”

Kurtz is delighted with an Aces side that packs plenty of strength in depth – with Lidsey potentially providing a real sting in the tail at reserve after a strong winter which saw him finish fifth in the Australian Championship.

“Jaimon Lidsey at No.7 is unbelievable,” Kurtz said. “Even when he goes up, look at who is going to go down. I think we’re going to have a really cool team and I think it’s going to go well for us.

“It’s a great bunch of guys and when you’re having fun, it’s easy to race. I didn’t realise we had such a strong team at first. We have an awesome team and we can go pretty far.”

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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