Louis confirms he will ride

IPSWICH Evening Star Witches have set the ball rolling on building their 2006 speedway side with rider/manager Chris Louis confirming that he will definitely be in the starting line-up.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Evening Star Witches have set the ball rolling on building their 2006 speedway side with rider/manager Chris Louis confirming that he will definitely be in the starting line-up.

The 36-year-old, who will have a big say in the make up of the Witches Elite League side, was always going to remain in his home town team so this news is no great surprise.

“I have not put pen to paper yet, but I am 100 per cent certain to ride for Ipswich in 2006,” said Louis.


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There is no news on any other signings, although Louis confirmed that he did not expect any surprises in the lower order, with Kim Jansson, Daniel King, Mariusz Puszakowski and Robert Miskowiak all coming into the equation.

Jansson will be riding for Kaparna in the Swedish Second Division next season. They normally ride on Thursdays, but Jansson has said that he will give Ipswich his priority. He will also be doubling up with Piraterna in the Swedish Elite League in 2006.

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The Swede is making a good recovery from a shoulder operation and should be fully fit for next year. He is spending his time sorting out his equipment and talking to potential sponsors, and expects to be in Ipswich before Christmas to sort out his English off-track arrangements.

Louis said: “Most meetings the shoulder problem did not affect Kim, but he was never 100 per cent, and there should be an improvement in that respect from now on.”

While Ipswich have yet to complete formalities for any of their riders other teams are beginning to put together their sides.

Peterborough have captured Grand Prix rider Niels Kristian Iversen to add strength to their line-up, and the Dane joins Hans Andersen, Ryan Sullivan and Jesper B Jensen at the East of England showground.

The Panthers have off-loaded three of this year's riders with Peter Karlsson, 36 next month, on his way back to Wolverhampton to lead their challenge.

Daniel Davidsson has joined Poole, while Arena-Essex have signed Henning Bager for a second spell.

The Pirates from Poole have also confirmed the re-signing of Pole Krzysztof Kasprzak, Oxford have made Davey Watt their first signing, Renat Gafurov will become the first Russian to ride for Swindon and Joe Screen is back with Belle Vue for a third successive season after the Aces bought his contract off Eastbourne.

FORMER Witch Hans Andersen has been named first reserve for the 2006 Grand Prix series. He has numbered 19 with Ryan Sullivan 20, Tomasz Chrzanowski 21, Kenneth Bjerre 22, Rune Holta 23 and Stefan Andersson 24.

Scott Nicholls, another former Ipswich rider, will wear number nine with Piotr Protasiewicz 14 and Witches assets Tomasz Gollob seven and Jarek Hampel 11.

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