BEWLEY’S ACE DECISION
Great Britain racer Dan Bewley has no regrets about turning down a Swedish deal to race for Belle Vue.
25 / 04 / 2021, 11:00
Great Britain racer Dan Bewley has no regrets about turning down a Swedish deal to race for Belle Vue as he prepares to make the regular hop between Manchester and Wroclaw.
The Cumbrian has made a solid start to his PGE Ekstraliga season and will hope to build on that as he travels to Lublin with Wroclaw this evening.
He will also be keen to pile up the points when he returns to SGB Premiership action with Belle Vue next month, as Britain’s top flight gets back up and running on May 17.
I decided to go to Belle Vue. I am happy about it. It means I will be pretty busy and that’s how I would rather be.
With flight schedules across Europe reduced and disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Bewley could have opted for a Swedish deal, which would have allowed him to travel to Elitserien matches by road and ferry.
Bewley is glad to be heading back to his homeland as bikes prepare to roar at the National Speedway Stadium. But asked whether he considered a Swedish contract, he replied: “That was the plan for a little bit.
“But then I decided to go to Belle Vue. I am happy about it. It means I will be pretty busy and that’s how I would rather be. I am looking forward to it. I am just hoping we will be able to have full stadiums.”
Bewley is confident he has the support needed to ensure he can make the flight between Poland and Britain in these turbulent times.
He said: “I am pretty lucky that I have a great sponsor in Ian Sinderson and ATPI. Even when it is difficult to find flights, he makes it much easier. It saves me spending hours and hours booking stuff. They can find flights in minutes. I will probably have to use their help quite a bit this season!”
Bewley has spent plenty of time in Poland in the build-up to the season. While the UK is steadily emerging from lockdown, Polish residents face greater restrictions due to higher infection rates there.
But with speedway riders still able to practise and race, Bewley admits he has focused on his job rather than developments with the pandemic.
He said: “I don’t really watch the TV or anything like that. I don’t really know what’s going on. All I know is the motocross tracks are still open and we are still practising.
“We have empty stadiums for the racing, but it doesn’t really affect me too much at the moment. It’s good being here. I have just got on with it.”
One big opportunity Bewley missed in 2020 was lining up in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix qualification rounds.
He would have been a shoe-in for the GP Challenge at Gorican, but Adam Ellis represented GB after Bewley suffered a broken collarbone in a fall from a bike at a Wroclaw skate park.
The Belle Vue hero is hopeful the chance to push for a World Championship spot will come his way this time around.
He said: “I missed the GP Challenge last year with being injured, so it would be good to be a part of it.
“But the most important thing at the moment is to focus on the league racing. If you do a good job there, you get the spot, so that’s the goal for now.”
Photo: Taylor Lanning