New wave of Stars get their chance
King's Lynn chief Buster Chapman expects the next generation to challenge the established order in tomorrow night's annual Ashley Jones memorial meeting at the Norfolk Arena.
Stars' riders past and present will again turn out in force to commemorate the young Australian who died in a racing accident just months after helping Lynn lift the 2005 Young Shield and Premier League KO Cup double.
Chapman believes the likes of Jones' childhood friend and popular Lynn old boy Kevin Doolan along with the long-serving Tomas Topinka could face a real threat from some emerging young talent.
Czech GP wildcard Matej Kus makes his Saddlebow debut fresh from inflicting a race defeat on multiple world champion Jason Crump in the Prague round of the sport's showpiece at the weekend. Young Stars' pair James Cockle and Jake Knight also continue their speedway education – and Chapman is predicting big things from teenage starlet Nick Morris.
The 16-year-old Australian burst onto the scene at Premier League Glasgow last season and has already beaten the likes of GP stars Nicki Pedersen and Chris Harris racing for Coventry on the big stage.
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'Ashley will always be one of my favourite riders, he had so much grit and determination and I will never forget him,' said Chapman.
'This is our sixth memorial meeting that we have staged in his memory, so far each one has always been a fitting tribute and I hope this one will be no different.
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'In my opinion it is extremely difficult to pick a winner as the line up has a good mix of established riders as well as ones who have the potential to become world class. For me, the pick of these is Nick Morris, who has been rated by many as the next Darcy Ward.'
Jones' younger brother, Mark, will also race in a strong Aussie contingent that features Kozza Smith, Alex Davies and Taylor Poole. Recent Stars' recruit Lee Complin is scheduled to appear alongside new team mates Filip Sitera and Sam Masters in the 16-rider field contesting 20 qualifying heats for a place in the final.
The club have announced funds raised from this year's memorial meeting will go towards local charity, 'Scotty's Little Soldiers' which supports the families of British armed forces personnel killed in action.
• Gates open 6pm, parade 7.30pm, first race 7.45pm.
Admission prices: Adults �15, concessions �12, juniors (aged 12 to 15 years) �5 and free entry for children aged 11 and under. Tickets are available to purchase in advance online at klstars.co.uk or from the box office on race night.
• Ashley Jones memorial line up: Sam Masters, Kevin Doolan, Mark Jones, Nick Morris, Fillip Sitera, Lee Complin, Kozza Smith, Alex Davies, Matej Kus, Jake Knight, John Oliver, Simon Lambert, Ben Wilson, Tomas Topinka, James Cockle, Taylor Poole.