Late change for King’s Lynn Young Stars as Cockle replaces Young

King's Lynn Young Stars have been forced into a late team change with James Cockle coming into the side as a replacement for Tom Young.

Young is unable to commit himself to racing for the Young Stars due to work commitments during the week; and with the club racing at home on Wednesday nights his position at the club needed to be looked at.

Young Stars team manager Dale Allitt said: 'Unfortunately with Tom unable to commit to the club, we have had to part ways. Of course we wish him well in the future.'

In Young's place comes a rider who has ridden with the club in the past. James Cockle, 26, is set for a return to Saddlebow Road having agreed a deal.

The rider was left without a team place over the winter but continued to prepare for the season and was present at the Young Stars' press and practice session on Friday where he wanted to practice.

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Allitt is pleased to be able to bring the experienced Cockle into the team, he said: 'James is desperate to ride this year, he has lost a lot of weight and he wants to race.

'I have had a chat with James and he knows it's make or break for him. I think we will see the best of him and he will be a very good rider at this level.

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'James will start as a second-string rider which is something different for him. He will not have to go out in the opening heat as number one and he can concentrate on his riding. Both him and the club want it to work so I think if James can ride to his potential then we will have a very good rider in our side.'

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