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Tigers Beaten By Storm
After a decidedly inclement morning in the Mildenhall area, a storm blew across West Row during the afternoon as the Coventry Storm outgated and outmaneuvered the Fen Tigers to record a fine 42 – 48 victory.
On an afternoon when gating was at a premium on a slick surface the Fen Tigers often found themselves having to chase the points resulting in a number of errors and falls for all their considerable efforts. Only Captain Dan Halsey and always in the thick of the action reserve Connor Coles were consistently at the races, whilst Josh Bates and Jack Kingston experienced difficult afternoons with both racers having nasty spills, Kingston in particular fortunate to walk away from a frightening looking crash in Heat Eight when lifting near the start line and hitting the fence at speed.
Coventry led from the start with ex moto cross rider Luke Crang and the fast improving Oliver Greenwood always a thorn in the Fen Tigers side. Although the gap closed to four points after Heat Nine, an immediate 5-1 against the Fen Tigers from Oliver and Dan Greenwood in Heat Ten left the home side chasing their tails. From then on four shared heats left the Storm eight ahead going into Heat 15 where Dan Halsey recorded his forth Heat win of the day and guest Ben Morley tucked in for third place to prevent the visitors claiming all four points.
Josh Bates Is British U21 Champion!!
For the third year running Mildenhall have produced a British Champion. Josh Bates won the British U21 Championship tonight ahead of Adam Ellis (Lakeside/Ipswich) & Jason Garrity (Coventry/Rye House). Well done Josh!! Full press release follows...
On an evening of high drama at Monmore Green, Mildenhall’s exciting teenage sensation Josh Bates was crowned the new British U21 Champion.
With nearly half the field featuring current or ex Fen Tigers there was interest for Mildenhall supporters in virtually every heat. Things didn’t start well though for Bates with a fall when leading his first race, but he bounced back with two heat wins first ahead of Tom Perry and then beating team mate Joe Jacobs. A second behind Kyle Howarth and a fine heat eighteen victory over Adam Ellis and Ashley Morris secured his place in the semi-final. He was joined in the semi-final by team mate Joe Jacobs who scored twelve points with three heat victories. The semi-final line-up was completed by Jason Garrity and Ashley Morris. Going straight into the final were joint top scorers Ellis and ex Fen Tiger Stefan Nielsen who both amassed thirteen points