PREMIERSHIP RISING STARS REVEALED
SGB Premiership clubs have unveiled their rising-star signings for 2020, with Great Britain star Drew Kemp lining up for Ipswich.
16 / 02 / 2021, 11:21
SGB Premiership clubs have unveiled their rising-star signings for 2020, with Great Britain star Drew Kemp lining up for Ipswich and Jordan Palin making his top-flight debut for Peterborough.
Every SGB Premiership and Championship teams must track at least one rider from the Rising Stars programme in a rule change made to create new opportunities for British youngsters.
The scheme replaces some of the stars prevented from racing in the UK by new restrictions on how many leagues Polish-contracted riders can compete in, with PGE Ekstraliga stars able to race in just one other league, while First and Second Division riders can compete in two others.
Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations rider Kemp teams up with his local club Ipswich, where he was due to race last year before the season was cancelled due to the pandemic.
Yorkshire teenager Palin only made his National League debut with the Belle Vue Colts in 2019, but that impressive season, which carried him into last year’s GB squad, has earned him an opportunity with the Panthers.
Barnsley-born racer Josh Bates, 25, gets another shot at the SGB Premiership with local club Sheffield – owned by his uncle Damien Bates. The move comes as a welcome boost for a rider whose 2018 and 2019 seasons were wrecked by injury, before he was unable to race in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Belle Vue Aces line up with Great Britain under-21 international Tom Brennan as their rising star after he impressed with Eastbourne in the second tier.
Norfolk-born racer Ryan Kinsley makes his top-flight bow with boyhood club King’s Lynn, having represented their National League side in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and neighbours Mildenhall more recently.
And Wolverhampton Wolves complete their team with Tom Bacon. The 27-year-old, who was born in Coventry, steps up into the SGB Premiership for the first time with his local top-flight team. He is the oldest of the six rising stars selected in the SGB Premiership.
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