(b: 30-10-1975, Koprivnice, Czech Republic)
Now starting his 5th UK season, and thankfully his 5th
in the Bandits' colours. In his initial seasons he turned
out to be the unexpected top Berwick-Czech putting in
some very fine laps of speedway, from the gate and roaring
up from the rear in spectacular style. He dramatically
improved his performance throughout the last few years
with the excitement value going up as well.
Peter has taken him on once more well in the knowledge
that the best is still to come. He's universally popular
with the Shielfield faithful, and his return has been
met with nothing but delight. His official meeting debut
for Berwick (challenges not included) came at home vs.
Sheffield on March 31st 2001, when he scored 9 from
5. His average record has been around the 7.00 mark,
but is still looking for a big improvement this season.
Was a complete unknown name in the UK back in April
2004, yet the whole Premier League has sat up to take
very close notice of this very exciting Pole after he
set the Berwick scene alight in the last 6 months of
the 2004 season.
His overtaking is somewhat unorthodox, passing in places
others don't, or daren't! Hence his exciting tag, and
if you think he, being a Pole, won't like little tiddly
tiny tracks, think again he scored 14 from 5 at Rye
House in only his second UK meeting for Berwick ever!
THE one to watch as 2005 unfolds. He will also be doubling-up
with the Peterborough Panthers in the Elite League,
which will no doubt do his overall riding no end of
First rode his speedway at the Sittingbourne track,
although his first active sporting role was in the field
of Showjumping at 14 years of age. When it became apparent
that his sporting interests maybe lay more with 2 wheels
rather than 4 legs, he sold his horse for a speedway
bike! His UK division 2 speedway debut was actually
made for our own Berwick Bandits as a guest appearance
at Swindon on June 1st, 2000 when he scored 1+1 from
The rest of his 2000 season was spent with Peterborough
in the Conference League, and briefly with Arena-Essex
in the Premier League. In 2001 he joined the Reading
Racers where he stayed mostly (bar 2003 when he rode
for the Newport Wasps) until his signing by the Bandits
for 2005. Having ridden an arduous season with Reading
in 2004, doing well in the main body of the team, his
start at Berwick's reserve berth will no doubt boost
his confidence to initiate an even better year for this
enthusiastic youngster whom Berwick actually eyed up
with a view to signing back in 2000.
Made his UK debut for
the Bandits in April 1999, averaging 6 in that opening
season. He moved on loan to King’s Lynn in the
Elite League come 2000, the club he stayed with until
last season (bar sometime with Ipswich in 2003) when
he returned for the last few months of the year back
with the Bandits to cover the hole left by the released
Claus Kristensen, when Madsen averaged around the 8
½ point mark.
Another Czech beginning his 5th Bandit's season in
his 5th UK year. His career has followed Rymel's very
closely, but has been hit by a couple of major injuries,
the latest coming in 2004, finishing his season at the
end of May with a nasty arm injury that thankfully is
now well and truly sorted after a very long haul.
He has shown flashes of brilliance, like his return
from his previous injury at Hull when he hit a 15 point
maximum. Gritty and determined.. a typical Czech who
made his official debut for Berwick vs. Sheffield on
March 31, 2001 scoring 10+1 from 5 rides. His average
has been gently creeping towards the 8.00 mark, and
again is fully expected to achieve that figure in 2005.
Scott, the scud, Smith made a very welcome to Berwick
after a year our of action, once again coming back from
injury, as he did for Sheffield a season or so ago when
he had suffered that frightening crash as a Bandit 1st
time round which resulted in nasty facial injury.
Scott is a natural born racer who is only happy when
jetting round the tracks of the UK as fast as possible,
having first ridden grass track at the tender age of
6. He progressed to Speedway at 15, at the Bradford
training school. His UK debut was made for Cradley Heath
vs. King's Lynn on October 20th, 1990, when he failed
to score from 3 rides, whilst his division 2 debut came
for Sheffield vs. Stoke on April 3rd, 1997, scoring
13 from 5.
His career has seen him appear for both Cradley Heath
and Sheffield at Division 1 level, and the Tigers, Bandits
and Exeter Falcons at Premier Level.
Wilkinson first hit the track in 1997, riding at Peterborough’s
press and practice day before making his UK debut at
Division 3 level for Peterborough vs. Buxton in May
‘97 scoring 1 from one ride, but much better was
to come from this fine and tidy speedway rider.
At Conference League level, after Peterborough he as
appeared for Norfolk, King’s Lynn, Newport and
his last club, Boston, where he has ridden successfully
this year as their number 1 so far.
His longest spell at Premier League level was with
the Wasps of Newport in 2002, riding the full season
for an average of 4.31, although did trial for Hull
who failed to follow the lead up.