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Newport Speedway. Originally formed in 1964 and raced on Friday nights at Somerton Park, home of Newport County FC. Initially raced in the Provincial League then joined the British League the following year. Many fine riders have graced the Wasps including Torbjorn Harryson, Gote Nordin, Phil Crump and Craig Watson. The Wasps ceased to be in 1977 (having been demoted to the National League in favour of Bristol). But under the stewardship of Tim Stone they reappeared at Queensway Meadows in 1997 and have provided great entertainment at their new venue. Following Tim's untimely death in 2008 the club is now in the hands of Nick and Steve Mallett. The club's official website is here.

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WATSON BACK IN THE FOLD

Dec 23 - Newport Wasps completed their 2010 line up with the not unexpected announcement that Craig Watson will be the final part of their team. The Aussie was badly injured at the start of last season and there were doubts whether he would wish to ride competitively in the coming season. "We are delighted to get Wato back on board for the 2010 season and we are sure our fans are as well" said co promoter Nick Mallett. He added: "Craig has had a couple of behind doors practice sessions now and he feels as fit as ever".The confirmation of his agreeing terms means that the team for the next Premier League campaign which commences at home on Sunday March 21st is complete. Craig joins Leigh Lanham, Kyle Legault, Kim Nilsson, Anders Mellgren, Grant Tregoning and Todd Kurtz.
Commented Newport club owner Steve Mallett: 'We are delighted to be able to give Newport fans the Christmas presents of a complete team and the return of a rider who has been a fans favourite since he was part of the 1997 Wasps septet that relaunched speedway in the city. I have no doubt that Craig will be keen to make up for lost time.'

MELLGREN SIGNS UP

Dec 19 - The Newport promotion has confirmed that Swede Anders Mellgren has signed for the Wasps for the 2010 season. Mallett added: "Anders came over last week and had plenty of laps of the track. He loved the track and he cannot wait for the Classic meeting now. We have got another highly rated Swede on our books and we now cannot wait for 2010".

The Wasps have 6.37 left for the final rider to complete the line up. Club legend Craig Watson has been highly linked with a return to the club and promoter Steve Mallett revealed he was in talks with the Australian in the Speedway Star this week. NEWPORT WASPS 2010: Leigh Lanham (7.16), Kim Nilsson (7.00), Anders Mellgren (7.00), Kyle Legault (6.97), Grant Tregoning (5.00), Todd Kurtz (3.00).

NEWMAN RETURNS

Dec 14 - Wasps asset Kyle Newman is returning next year to spearhead Newport Hornets challenge in the National League. In addition, the New Year Classic line up is complete with Jerran Hart and Swede Anders Mellgren in the final line up.

ANDERSSON DROPS OUT

Dec 7 - Jonas Andersson has indicated his intention to give speedway a miss in 2010 - throwing a spanner in the works for Newport promoters Steve and Nick Mallett. "It is true that our Swedish asset Jonas Andersson will not be returning to us in 2010, infact he is giving speedway a mess in general in 2010" said Nick Mallett. He added: "We are all gutted with the news, but Jonas has told us it is not a full retirement as yet, and he will be considering his options at the end of the 2010 season. He will remain a Wasps asset. We would like to wish Jonas all the best for the future". Andersson had officially signed as a 2010 Wasp before making his decision to sit out the sport for the 2010 season.

CANADIAN JOINS WASPS

Dec 2 - The Newport Wasps have confirmed their sixth signing for the 2010 season in Canadian star Kyle Legault.
Legault is three times Canadian champion, 2009 Argentinian champion and a former Elite League rider.

"We are pleased to confirm that our 6th signing for the 2010 season will be Canadian star Kyle Legault" said co promoter Nick Mallett. He went on to say: "Obviously the team is nearly complete now and we are one signing short of our full 2010 team. We are waiting for confirmation of Kyle's average, which is expected to be within the next 24 hours. Kyle is 100% fit and raring to go for the new season and is aiming to end the season as our number one rider. He is an exciting prospect and we are very pleased to have him on board". Legault joins Leigh Lanham (7.16), Kim Nilsson (7.00), Grant Tregoning (5.00), Jonas Andersson (3.23) and Todd Kurtz (3.00).

24 year old Kyle Legault is from Ontario in Canada. He started his British career with Sheffield before joining Mildenhall in 2007 upping his average from 5.80 to 8.77. He made the Grand Prix qualifier in Vojens but was injured in the first heat. In 2008 he joined Birmingham but broke his fibula in their second meeting. Legault came back in July but broke his jaw and was out for the rest of the season. He moved up to Elite League Poole last season but suffered complications with his fibula and missed the entire season. His signing for the Wasps can therefore be placed in the 'risky' category given his record of injuries.

Two more riders have been confirmed for the New Year Classic - being held at Newport on 3rd January 2010 with a 1pm start time - Australian Kevin Doolan and young Hungarian Josef Tabaka.

ELITE RIDER TO RUN TRAINING SCHOOL

Nov 30 - There will be two training schools coming up this weekend at Newport Speedway. The first session will be held on Saturday 5th December, and will be supervised by Lakeside Hammers star Adam Shields. The club website states ". From 9.30am - 11.00 am, there will be sessions on mechanical matter, bike set up and on track aspects to follow till 4pm. A fully action packed day for the cost of £ 75.00 can be booked by calling Helen Horder on 07976 755684". The clubs normal training day is also available on Sundays as normal 11am - 3pm, cost £35.

WASPS IN TALKS WITH FOUR RIDERS

Nov 23 - Newport Speedway co promoter Nick Mallett has tonight confirmed that he is in talks with four riders for the 2010 season. It is understood that all four riders are former Elite League Riders.

"I am in talks with two riders who come under the number one category, and another two who are potential number one's" said Mallett. He added: "We hope to be able to make an announcement very soon on the final two signings and I am sure the fans will be impressed with whoever we sign for the final two places of the team".

FOUR MORE FOR CLASSIC

Nov 18 - Reigning Premier League Riders Champion Ricky Ashworth has been confirmed along with former Wasp Carl Wilkinson and young Swedish brothers Robert and Daniel Henderson for the New Year Classic meeting.

"We are delighted that the reigning Premier League Riders Champion has confirmed his place in the meeting, and I am sure he will be challenging for honours" explained Nick Mallett. He added: "We are also pleased that the popular former Wasp Carl Wilkinson has said yes, and we are also looking forward to seeing how the Henderson brothers go, with a view to the future".

WASPS SIGN YOUNG AUSSIE

Nov 16 - Newport Wasps have released the name of their 5th signing for the 2010 season, young Australian star, Todd Kurtz, who will join on a 3.00 average.

Wasps co promoter Nick Mallett said: “We are over the moon to be able to announce Todd as our second reserve for the 2010 season. He had a string of clubs from all three tiers of British Speedway (Elite, Premier and National League) after his contract, but he chose to come to Newport”. The 17 year old Aussie will also be lining up for the Hornets in the National League in 2010.

Mallett added: “Not only will Todd be lining up in the Premier League for us, but he will also ride in the National League as a Hornet. Both of our squads are now shaping up nicely. We have a very young Premier League team falling into place, which is only good for our future. The Wasps team currently contains four of our own young assets. That is something to be proud of”.

In other news Newport have been chosen to host this year's National League Best Pairs Championship. Four riders have been added to New Year Classic line up - former Wasp Mads Korneliusen, Niels Kristian Iversen, Adam Roynon and Andrew Tully. Oh and white helmet return to replace green!

LANHAM BACK FOR WASPS

Nov 10 - Newport Wasps have confirmed the signing of Leigh Lanham for the coming season. “We are thrilled to be able to announce Leigh as our fourth 2010 signing and our team captain” said co promoter Nick Mallett. He added: “I guess it was always likely that Leigh would return in 2010, but now it is in writing it is all the more pleasing”.

Lanham will start on a 7.16 average, after his 2.5% reduction. And Mallett went on to say that he will not be lining up in the number one race jacket in 2010. “If our plans come to fruition, Leigh and Kim (Nilsson) will be our second and third heat leaders for 2010. We still plan on announcing a big number one” Mallett stated. The announcement will be made at Sunday's SWARM meeting.

NEW YEAR CLASSIC LINE UP TAKES SHAPE

Nov 9 - The first four riders have been confirmed for the 2010 New Year Classic, which will be held on January 3rd 2010. And they are Ben Barker, Chris Neath, David Howe and Brent Werner. "Obviously we are delighted that Ben has agreed to do this meeting for us, and hopefully he will be successful in defending his title (from Poole in 2009) and it will be great to see former Wasp from the 1999 season Chris Neath in action on his former home track" said Nick Mallett.

NILSSON SIGNS

Nov 4 - Newport Wasps announced the signing of Swede Kim Nilsson today , a signing which is classed as an early Christmas present for the Wasps fans by co-promoter Nick Mallett.

“We are thrilled that an exceptional talent like Kim has joined the club, and we cannot wait to see him in action for us in 2010".

In the Swedish Elite League Nilsson has a higher average than stars Linus Sundstrom, Linus Eklof and Emil Kramer.
It is also understood that a few other clubs were trying to snap up the Swede after seeing his 2009 scores for the Wasps, which were 7+1 from 5 ( 0 1’ 3 3 0) at Redcar and 11+1 (2 3 1’ 2 3) at home to Sheffield.

Mallett added: “A few clubs, both Elite and Premier, have been trying to sign Kim up for 2010. But he has kept his word and is a confirmed starter for us for 2010. We are hoping that, on paper, Kim will start the season as our third highest averaged rider. We are aiming for a big number one, followed by a second heat leader, to start the season with. But we are sure Kim can be pushing for the number one race jacket by the end of the season”.

NEW YEAR CLASSIC COMES HOMES

The New Year Classic returns to Newport in 2010. After a year off in 2009, the Classic returns to the Welsh club and riders are already looking for a place in the lineup. "We are pleased to annouce that the New Year Classic will return to Newport on the 3rd January 2010, with a 1pm start time" said co promoter Nick Mallett.

He added: "Riders have already made contact with the club regarding a place in the line up. We will be running a 16 rider individual meeting, with the top 4 scorers going into the final".

It is expected that Rider names will be released for the event shortly.

ANDERSSON IS WASPS' SECOND SIGNING

October 17 - Steve Mallett used the final SWARM Speedway Grand Prix Night to announce that Swede Jonas Andersson would be rejoining the Wasps next season. The popular young Swede failed to make a significant impression initially struggling with machinery, he ended with an average of just 4.14 from his twenty matches for the Wasps. Mallett stated he will be fully sponsoring Andersson next season.

NEWPORT SPEEDWAY LEGEND DIES

Sandor Levai (on bike) captain of the 1971 Newport Wasps

Riding record for Newport 1969-1971

Matches 109 Rides 502 Points 1018 Bonus Points 53 Total Points 1071 Average 8.53 (out of 12)

1969 8.34, 1970 8.45, 1971 8.76

 

 

The death has been announced in Hungary of one of the Newport Wasps most popular former speedway riders. Sandor Levai, who was the Wasps club captain and number one in the late 1960s and early 1970s passed away on Monday in his native Hungary aged 74.

Sandor fled to this country during the Hungarian uprising of 1956. He initially rode for the Belle Vue Aces and subsequently for the Ipswich Witches but it was at Newport's former Somerton Park track between 1969 and 1971 that he enjoyed the finest years of his speedway career.

Commented Gareth Rogers the club's PRO at their modern Queensway Meadows stadium and former Somerton Park track announcer during part of the the Levai era: "Everyone who knew Sandor will recall his cheeky disposition and warm smile. However, when the tapes rose he was a tiger whom Wasps fans of that generation will recall had the regular beating of great World Champions Barry Briggs and Ivan Mauger on the Newport racing strip. I am sure all Newport Speedway fans will join me in sending our thoughts and condolences to Sandor's family at this time of sorrow".

Club owner Steve Mallett added: "Sandor was my speedway hero when I was a kid on the terraces at Somerton Park. I am very sad to hear the news. I will arrange that on Sunday's rider parade there will be a minute's silence in tribute to one of the greatest Wasps in the history of the sport in Newport".

HORNETS BEATEN BY USA TEAM

October 11 - Newport Hornets were beaten 52-40 by an impressive young United States 'Dream Team' at Queensway Meadows this afternoon. Jimmy Fishback (13 points) and Tyson Burmeister (11 paid 12) top scored for the Dream Team. Newport Hornets: Tony Atkin 5, Shane Hazelden 3+1, Tim Webster 11, Shelby Rutherford 4+1, Sam Hurst 10, Marc Owen 7+2, Darryl Ritchings 0.

The final meeting of the season is the Welsh Junior Championship scheduled for next Sunday, start time 2.30pm.
 

WASPS CONFIRM FIRST 2010 SIGNING

October 7 - Newport Wasps first signing for 2010 is confirmed as Hornets' regular Grant Tregoning. New Zealander Tregoning will come in at reserve Tregoning has made his way back home to his homeland after his first full season in the UK in 2009, where he had a mixed season for the Newport Hornets in the National League, concluding with a 6.81 average. Mallett continued: "Grant comes in on 5.00, which may seem high to some people, but we believe he can have a promising debut season in the Premier League. He knows what is expected from him. He is determined to have a successful season and maintain a second string position".

HORNETS EDGED OUT BY KINGS LYNN

October 4 - Newport Hornets were edged out by Kings Lynn at Queensway Meadows this afternoon, going down 47-43, Tony Atkin top-scored with 12. At Kings Lynn last night they managed a 46-46 draw with Atkin scoring 15, Shelby Rutherford 10 and Marc Owen 7. The Hornets will face another international challenge at Queensway Meadows on Sunday October 11th when the American touring team are in the city, start time 2.30pm.

WASPS GO AHEAD FOR 2010

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HORNETS OUTCLASSED BUT FRAMPTON EARNS PLAUDITS

September 28- Newport Hornets were totally outclassed by the Scandinavian assortment Team Viking by 60 points to 30 at Queensway Meadows yesterday afternoon. Simon Nielsen and Patrick Bjerregaard both notched up paid 15 points maximum scores. Newport Hornets: Tony Atkin 10+1,Tom Young 0, Shelby Rutherford 2 Sam Hurst 4+1, Grant Tregoning 7. Marc Owen 7, .Shane Hazelden 2+2.

Jordan Frampton scored nine points representing Newport at the Premier League Riders Championship Final at Sheffield. He narrowly failed to reach the semi finals in a meeting won by Sheffield's Ricky Ashworth. The previous night Tony Atkin scored eight at Rye House in the National League version of the event. Craig Cook of Buxton was the victor.

WASPS FINISH CAMPAIGN WITH WIN

September 19 - Newport Wasps finished their league campaign today with a home win against Sheffield Tigers. Riding on a Saturday afternoon for the first time in recent years the Wasps won comfortably against a depleted Tigers outfit. Already without the services of heat leader Richard Hall they also lost Hugh Skidmore after a fall in Heat 1. The first half of the meeting was marked by an endless series of track grades (if Eurosport ever feature this as a sport Newport Wasps should enter a team). Combined with the late delivery of fuel to the pits the first six heats took one hour and forty minutes from the scheduled start time!

The Wasps started very strongly with maximum returns in Heats 2 and 3 and an impressive win for Jordan Frampton in Heat 5 as he saw off the superb Ricky Ashworth. Kim Nilsson won his first home race in Heat 6 in the fastest time of the day, after James Holder was unfortunately disqualified in a tight call as he battled with Sheffield reserve Chris Mills. With the Wasps ten ahead the Tigers utilised a tactical ride. Josh Auty scored the full six points but Paul Fry passed Joel Parsons on the line to deny the away side a maximum. Newport stretched their lead with a Holder-Andersson maximum in Heat 8. Honours remained until Heat 12 as Ashworth and Auty beat the Wasps on their own. In Heat 12 an unexpected Mills-Parsons 5-1 gave the Tigers a sniff of victory. But this disappeared with a 5-0 from Frampton and Newman in Heat 14 as first Mills fell and then Auty's engine failed. There was still time in Heat 15 for an appalling refereeing decision to disqualify Frampton for causing a three rider pile up when Ashworth was clearly at fault. But despite the simmering tension in the crowd Kim Nilsson gated superbly to leave Ashworth and Parsons trailing in his midst to claim a 51-41 victory.

WASPS FADE AWAY AT REDCAR

September 17 - Newport Wasps faded away badly at Redcar after taking an early lead. Their four point advantage at Heat 5 was eventually turned in to a 52-39 deficit. New Swedish signing Kim Nilsson did manage two wins including a fine victory in Heat 13 over Ty Proctor. NEWPORT WASPS 39 (1. Kim Nilsson: 0 2 3 3 0 = 8, 2. Chris Kerr: 3 1’ 1 2! 2 = 9+1, 3. James Holder: 3 0 1 1’ = 5+1, 4. Jordan Frampton: 2’ 2 F 3 = 7+1, 5. Paul Fry: 3 1 0 0 = 4, 6. Kyle Newman: 2 0 1 2 = 5, 7. Jonas Andersson: 1’ 0 0 0 = 1+1) REDCAR 52 (Proctor 15 +1)

NEWCASTLE HAMMER WASPS

September 15 - Newport Wasps were heavily beaten at Newcastle last night, going down 66-27. Only Jordan Frampton offered any serious resistance. NEWPORT WASPS 27 (1. David Howe: 2 1! 2 1 1 = 7, 2. James Holder: 0 0 1 0 = 1
3. Chris Kerr: 1’ F 0 2 = 3+1, 4. Jordan Frampton: 2 2 2 6! F = 12, 5. Paul Fry: 1 1 1 0 = 3, 6. Kyle Newman: X 0 0 0 = 0, 7. Jonas Andersson: 1 0 0 0 = 1)
NEWCASTLE 66 (Lemon 15, Larsen 13+2)

WASPS OUTSHONE BY DIAMONDS

September 13 - Newport Wasps were soundly beaten by Newcastle Diamonds at Queensway Meadows this afternoon. The Diamonds held a narrow advantage for much of the meeting with Mark Lemon in dominant form but finished off strongly to run out 52-38 victors. They won the last seven heats to keep the Wasps out of the hunt. Disappointingly for the BBC Wales cameras present there was little significant entertainment and the only passing of note came from the away side.

Lemon, returning to Newport for the first time since his sacking by the Wasps management, was hugely impressive scoring a 15 point maximum. He was ably supported by Kim Larsen and Rene Bach. By contrast David Howe (guesting for the injured Leigh Lanham) struggled scoring only five points from his four rides, the main resistance from the Wasps came from Jordan Frampton (13 points). Chris Kerr was badly out of sorts having performed so well at Rye House last night. Newport 38 (Howe 5 (4 rides) Holder 5+1 (4), Kerr 3+1(4), Frampton 11 (5), Fry 7 (5), Newman 4+1 (4), Anderson 3+2 (4)) Newcastle 52 (Lemon 15 (5), Larsen 10+1 (5))

NEWPORT HORNETS went down 51-42 in an entertaining meeting at Scunthorpe today. The Scorpions built up a comfortable lead but the Hornets never let the margin become too wide and even managed a last heat 5-1 through Atkins and Tregoning. Fifteen year old Marc Owen was outstanding at reserve returning a paid 8 from his five rides. Unfortunately, second strings Shelby Rutherford and Ryan Sedgmen were very disappointing. Newport 42 ((Atkin 15+1 (5), Rutherford 2+1 (4), Hurst 6+1 (4), Sedgmen  1 (4), Tregoning 10 (5), Young 1+1 (3), Owen 7+1 (5)) Scunthorpe 51 (Morris 15+2)

WASPS COME WITHIN A POINT AT RYE HOUSE

September 12 - Newport Wasps pulled out their best performance of the Premier League season to come within a point of victory at Rye House tonight. The Wasps had held the lead for much of the meeting but were unable to close it out eventually going down 45-44. Joe Haines saved the meeting for Rye by passing Newport's Chris Kerr in Heat 15. Newport 44 (David Howe 14 (5 rides), James Holder 4 (4), Chris Kerr 11 + 1 (5), Jordan Frampton 7 + 1 (4), Paul Fry 4 (4),
Kyle Newman 0 from 2 Withdrawn, Jonas Andersson 4 (6))
Rye House 45 (Silver 11+2, Haines 11+1)

WASPS SIGN SWEDISH STAR

September 10 - Newport Wasps has confirmed that highly rated Swedish Star Kim Nilsson will be joining the club for the final two meetings of the season. Nilsson rides for Vagarna in the Swedish Elite League team. Current Swedish Wasp Jonas Andersson is a team mate of Nilsson. Kim will be making his club debut for the Wasps at Redcar next Thursday before making his home debut less than 48 hours later as the Wasps take on Sheffield in a Premier League clash. "We are thrilled to have a rider of Kim's calibre joining our club. It is well known that plenty of clubs, both Elite and Premier League, are after Kim, but after speaking to his good friend, Jonas Andersson, he has decided he wants to come to the Wasps." said promoter Steve Mallett "He is due to arrive this weekend for a practice on the track before returning for the away fixture at Redcar, fully prepared and raring to go.

It is fair to say that Kim's signing is looking at next year. He comes in to replace our injured number one Leigh Lanham, although Leigh is also very much in our plans for next season. Kim defeated Jason Crump last week in Sweden, so he is quite clearly a talent. He has appeared for Sweden in the World Under 21 Team Cup, as well as having some other brilliant achievements on an individual level." The move means that Leigh Lanham will not be racing again this season after his shoulder injury, so Kim will slot in at number one.
 

WASPS GO DOWN BUT PROCTOR STARS

September 9 - Guest Ty Proctor starred for Newport as they went down to a predictable defeat at Kings Lynn tonight. The young Aussie, replacing the injured Leigh Lanham, restricted the Wasps margin of defeat to 59-33. He even inflicted a rare defeat on fellow Aussie Darcy Ward. But the Wasps were never in the hunt though they performed creditably against the likely League winners.  NEWPORT = 33 (1. Ty Proctor - 3,1,4,2,3 = 13, 2. James Holder - 0,0,1,0 = 1 3. Chris Kerr - 1,2,1*,3,0 = 7+1, 4. Jordan Frampton - 0,0,2,3 = 5, 5. Paul Fry - 2,1,1,1* = 5+1, 6. Kyle Newman - 0,0,0,0 = 0 7. Jonas Andersson - 1,1*,0,0 = 2+1) KINGS LYNN = 59 (Topinka 14, Sanchez 12+2)

LANHAM INJURY BOOST

September 7 - The suspected broken arm suffered by Newport heat leader Leigh Lanham has turned out to be a complicated dislocation, After spending some time with Leigh at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport tonight, team manager Laurence Rogers has been able to confirm that Leigh has in fact not broken his arm and has suffered no broken bones. A statement from the club stated "After tangling with Stoke number 4, Lee Complin, the news filtering through was that Leigh had suffered a broken upper arm. However, this was not the case. He suffered a complicated dislocation of the shoulder, which has now been put back into place. It is hoped that Leigh will be able to take his place in the Wasps team once again before the season is over."

WASPS DRAW WITH STOKE AS LANHAM INJURED

Heat 1  - James Holder (blue) lifts at the starting gate, Lanham in red went on to win the heat with Bunyan (green) and Madsen (yellow) getting the other points. Lanham (below) suffered a suspected broken arm in a Heat 9 spill

September 6 - In a meeting lasting just short of three hours Newport Wasps drew disappointingly 44-all with Stoke. The Wasps pairing in Heat 15 (Frampton and Kerr) were unable to stay in contention with Klaus Jakobsen and Jason Bunyan. The meeting suffered constant delays at the start for endless track grading, the track was being watered and graded as early as Heat 2. Later, there was an extended and entirely justified delay as Leigh Lanham was taken from the track by ambulance, and a further delay of nearly an hour as they awaited an NHS ambulance for the injured rider. Lanham came a cropper in Heat 9 as he tried an unfamiliar outside line, lost control of his bike and fell awkwardly on his left arm. Trackside it was suspected he had fractured it.

The early part of the meeting was generally poor with very little passing and riders struggling with greasy conditions. One shining light for Newport was Jonas Andersson who won his first two rides comfortably. Newport were a point ahead at the time of the injury delay (27-26). Following the break the racing was much improved. Stoke took full advantage in Heats 10 and 11, the latter involved another spirited effort in third from Kyle Newman. Newport hit back as Jacobsen's engine failed in Heat 12 leaving Kerr and Andersson as the only finshers. The Swede was out again in Heat 13 grabbing a stunning win and with Fry taking third from Robert Kseisak, Newport were up by two. They extended this to four in Heat 14 with Frampton and Newman repeating the dose but could not stop a Stoke maximum in the vital final heat. NEWPORT WASPS 44 1. Leigh Lanham: 3 2 X = 5, 2. James Holder: 0 1' X 2 = 3+1, 3. Chris Kerr: 2 1 1 3 0 = 7, 4. Jordan Frampton: 0 3 3 3 1 = 10, 5. Paul Fry: 2' 2 0 1 = 5+1, 6. Kyle Newman: 0 1' 1 1 = 3+1, 7. Jonas Andersson: 3 3 X 2' 3 = 11+1 STOKE POTTERS 44 (Jakobsen 12, Bunyan 10+2)

REBELS CRUSH WASPS

September 4 - Chris Kerr and Paul Fry offered the only resistance to a dominant Somerset side at the Oak Arena tonight as Newport went down 59-34. Emil Kramer and Corey Gathercole both came through the meeting unbeaten for the Rebels. The Wasps won one race, Chris Kerr in Heat 1. Heat leader Leigh Lanham scored 2 paid 3 and was bizarrely nominated for Heat 15 rather than Paul Fry who had scored 9 from 4 rides. He did however suffer a blown engine in Heat 5. The Wasps were never in contention and were soundly beaten by the Rebels. Newport = 34 1. Leigh Lanham 0, 0, 1, 1', 0 = 2+1, 2. Chris Kerr 3, 2,  4,  2, 2 = 13, , 3. Jonas Andersson 1', 0, 1', 1 = 3+2, 4. Paul Fry 2, 1, 4, 2 = 9, 5. Jordan Frampton 1, 1, 2, 0 = 4, 6. Kyle Newman 0, 0, 1' 0 = 1+1, 7. James Holder 0, 0, 3, 0 = 3  Somerset 59 (Kramer 15, Gathercole 14+1)

FAN FORUM CLOSED

September 2 - Following the acrimony surrounding Newport Hornets match on Sunday the promoters at Newport have decided to close the fan forum on their website "The Official Wasps Fans Forum has officially been closed down, for the time being at least. Due to recent messages containing abuse towards both the Riders and Promotion/Management, as well as bad language, we have been left with no option. Thanks to all who did actually post constructive criticism and positive comments."

MASON AND HORNETS PART COMPANY

September 1 - Newport co-promoter Nick Mallett has confirmed that Karl Mason has left the Hornets but denied Grant Tregoning and Ryan Sedgmen have also left. "Karl Mason has left the club, that is all we are saying for now" said Mallett. "It is true that there was a bit of controversy between Ryan, Grant and the club, but the rumours that both have been sacked are totally untrue.

HORNETS LOSE

August 31 - Newport Hornets lost 50-39 to Bournemouth Buccaneers at Queensway Meadows this afternoon. Newport Hornets 39 - Tony Atkin....2,3,3,3,1 = 12, 2. Shelby Rutherford......1*,2,1,0 = 4+1, 3. Karl Mason...2,2,3,3 =10, 4. Ryan Sedgman....0,0,2*,0 =2+1, 5. Grant Tregoning...1,0,1 =2, 6. Sam Hurst....3,1,2,0,0,2 = 8, 7. Marc Owen...1,0,0,0 =1 Bournemouth 50 (Kyle Newman 15+1, Jay Herne 13+1)

FIGHTBACK NOT ENOUGH TO DENY REBELS

August 30 - A spirited fightback by Newport Wasps was not enough to deny local rivals Somerset Rebels victory at Queensway Meadows this afternoon. The Rebels 48-44 victory was thoroughly deserved after they dominated the first half of the meeting, providing the first six heat winners before Paul Fry ended their run. By this time (Heat 7) the Wasps were fourteen points adrift having used and failed with one of their tactical options. Leigh Lanham was nominated in Heat 7 but was outpaced by Corey Gathercole and Justin Sedgman. The latter was the difference between the two sides, returning 15 paid 16 from his eight rides. Newport hit back in the second half of the meeting Fry, Kerr and Frampton leading the way as they miraculously cut the Rebels advantage to four points with one race to go. It could have been closer but for a brilliant overtake by Sedgmen to beat Chris Kerr (on a tactical ride) in Heat 12 reducing a 7-2 Wasps advantage to 5-3. The Wasps even had a stroke of luck in Heat 15 as Emil Kramer was disqualified for nudging Paul Fry off. But in the re-run Steve Johnston won with something to spare to give the Rebels the spoils. Newport = 44 1. Leigh Lanham 2, 1, 3, 1 = 7, 2. James Holder 0, 0, 3, 0 = 3, 3. Jonas Andersson 1', 0, 2', 1' = 4+3, 4. Paul Fry 1', 3, 2, 3, 1' = 10+2, 5. Jordan Frampton 2, 1, 3, 3, 2 = 11, 6. Kyle Newman 0, 0, 0 = 0, 7. Chris Kerr 1, 0, 2,  4, 2' = 9+1 Somerset 48 (Sedgmen 15+1, Johnston 11+1)

Newport Hornets went down by the same score as the Wasps at Rye House last night to claim a losing bonus point. They race Bournemouth at Queensway Meadows tomorrow (start 1pm).

WASPS GO DOWN AT SLIPPERY SCUNTHORPE

August 28 - In difficult track conditions Newport Wasps failed to make any impression at Scunthorpe. The Scorpions were easy winners by 56-39 with Jordan Frampton and Leigh Lanham providing the main resistance. Scunthorpe 56 (Howe 16+2) , Newport = 39 1. Leigh Lanham 2, 1, 3, 4!, 1 = 11, 2. James Holder 1', 0, 3, 0 = 4+1, 3. Jonas Andersson 0, 1, 2, 0 = 3, 4. Paul Fry 1, 3, F, 0 = 4, 5. Jordan Frampton 2, 6!, 1, 1', 0 = 10+1, 6. Sam Hurst 0, M, N = 0, 7. Chris Kerr 1, 1', 1, 2, 2 = 7+1

FIXTURE CHANGES FOR WASPS

August 25 - The Wasps promotion and management have agreed a new date with Sheffield for the Premier League clash between the two clubs, which will be held at Queensway Meadows on SATURDAY 19th September with a 1pm start time. The football and rugby teams that represent Newport are both out of action on this date, so it shouldn't cause a clash. This date is the final date before the Premier League cut off date, so praise must go to both sets of promotions. Also, a new date for the National League fixture between Newport and Kings Lynn has been set. It will be staged on Sunday 20th September, the day after the Wasps take on Sheffield. This will be a 2:30pm start.

MARGINAL DECISION COSTS WASPS MATCH

August 23 - A marginal decision probably cost Newport the match this afternoon as they went down 46-44 to Scunthorpe Scorpions at Queensway Meadows. Wasps star man Leigh Lanham was wheel to wheel with Magnus Karlsson in Heat 13 when the Swede came off his bike causing the race to stop. The resulting decision went against the Wasps, referee Dave Robinson blamed Lanham for the stoppage to the anger and annoyance of the Newport faithful. Announcer Jason Harrold reminded the crowd that speedway was a family sport as invective was directed at the referee before he played 'Love is in the air!' From the rerun of the heat Scunthorpe grabbed a 5-1 advantage to give themselves a six point lead with two races to go. Despite a Heat 14 5-1 from Frampton and Kerr, the Wasps were not able to gain more than a 3-3 in the final heat with David Howe winning the heat comfortably leaving the Scorpions victors by two points.

Track conditions were slippery early in the meeting but it was Scunthorpe who handled matters with great assurance. Kyle Newman, James Holder and Chris Kerr all fell and were disqualified in the first seven heats. In addition, Newport suffered two critical engine failures, Andersson and Kerr both packed up whilst in point-scoring positions. Any luck going was definitely not with the Wasps. NEWPORT 44 - 1. Leigh Lanham ... 3, 3, 2, X, 1' = 9+1, 2. James Holder ... 0, 1'. X, 3, 1' = 5+2, 3. Jonas Andersson .... 0, EF, 1, 2 = 3, 4. Jordan Frampton ......2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 2 = 16, 5. Paul Fry rider replacement 6. Kyle Newman...X, 1, 1 = 2, 7. Chris Kerr ...3, 2, X, EF, 1, 1', 2' = 9+2 SCUNTHORPE 46 - (Howe 14)

WASPS BEAT REDCAR IN ENTERTAINING CONTEST

August 16 - Full report here

HORNETS WIN AS 'BAD LIGHT' HALTS MEETING

August 14 - Newport Hornets beat Buxton Hitmen 47-24 this evening in a meeting terminated after Heat 12 due to bad light. Several delays due to crashes occurred truncating proceedings but the Hornets were never under threat. Fifteen year old Hornet Daryl Ritchings made an impressive debut, coming second to the resurgent Sam Hurst in Heat 2 before having to retire from the meeting following a crash in his third ride. Newport has released a statement about Marek Mroz "His right leg from the knee down has suffered tendon and ligament damage, and his neck is very sore but no serious damage done. His right ankle has been put in plaster also. It is still unlikely that Marek will ride again this season, and his place will be taken by Kyle Newman."

WASPS HUMBLED BY TIGERS

August 13 - Newport Wasps were humbled by Sheffield Tigers losing 34-60 at the Owlerton Raceway this evening. The Yorkshire team were far too strong for Newport. The Wasps failed to win a heat all night and were restricted to fighting for the minor places. The meeting was held up for an injury to Marek Mroz in Heat 2. The Pole collided with Tigers reserve Luke Priest and was excluded. Mroz was injured and withdrawn from the meeting. There was a little bit of life from Jonas Andersson who achieved a paid five return. NEWPORT 34 1. Leigh Lanham 1, 1, 4^, 2, 1' = 9+1
2. James Holder 0, 0, 1', 1! = 2, 3. Jonas Andersson 0, 1', 1, 2 = 4+1, 4. Jordan Frampton 1, 2, X, 4^, 2 = 9, 5. Paul Fry  0, 2, 1, 1' = 4+1, 6. Marek Mroz FX = 0 WITHDRAWN, INJURED, 7. Chris Kerr 1, 1, 1', 2, 0, 0, 1' = 6+2 SHEFFIELD 60 (Richard Hall 15).

MALLETT WARNS TEAM CHANGES ON THE WAY

August 11 - Newport Wasps co promoter Nick Mallett has this afternoon revealed that further team changes could be on the way. He told the club's website "We are very disappointed with our latest scores and something needs to be done. Jonas (Andersson) and Marek (Mroz) have been quite poor of late and we have told them that if their scores have not picked up by the end of Sunday's home fixture with Redcar, then we are looking to replace them.
We need to be winning matches and we felt yesterday was a match we should have won. Instead, we lost and remain at the bottom of the league, which is not where we want to finish. It was a poor showing against the Brummies and we are desperate to avoid the wooden spoon. Both Jonas and Marek are trying their hardest, but at the moment it is not working for them. We cannot afford to lose anymore home meetings".

WASPS COMFORTABLY BEATEN BY BRUMMIES

August 10 - Newport were no match for Birmingham Brummies at Queensway Meadows yesterday. In a familiar story from recent Wasps matches Andersson and Mroz were again carried by the rest of the team. A Heat 13 7-1 from Lanham and Fry narrowed the gap to six points but the Brummies pulled away to claim all four points and a share of the lead in the Premier League. NEWPORT 41 - 1. Leigh Lanham .... 1, 3, 0, 3, 2 = 9, 2. James Holder ... 3, 2', 0, 2 = 7+1, 3. Jonas Andersson .... 0, 0, F = 0, 4. Jordan Frampton ......1, 2, 2, 0 = 5, 5. Paul Fry .... 1', 3, 4^, 0 = 8+2, 6. Marek Mroz ....1', 0, R = 1+1, 7. Chris Kerr ......2, 2, 2, 1, 1', 1, 2 = 11+1 BIRMINGHAM 51 - (Sweetman 13)

HORNETS DRAW AT BUXTON / LOSE AT WEYMOUTH

August 10 - Newport Hornets pulled off a draw at Buxton yesterday with a last heat 5-1 from Tony Atkin and Ryan Sedgeman. Sam Hurst was outstanding at reserve (as he was at Weymouth on Saturday). Newport Hornets 46: Tony Atkin 10, Shelby Rutherford 3, Karl Mason 8+1, Ryan Sedgmen 8+3, Grant Tregoning 4+2, Sam Hurst 13, Tom Young 0 Buxton 46 (Jade Mudgeway 11+1).

On Saturday the Hornets were comfortably beaten (52-38) at Weymouth. Newport Hornets 38 : Tony Atkin 3, Shelby Rutherford 5, Karl Mason 4+1, Ryan Sedgmen 8+1, Grant Tregoning 5+2, Sam Hurst 11, Tom Young 2 Weymouth 52 (Webster 12).

'FOUR MAN' WASPS IN VALIANT EFFORT AT BRUM

August 5 - Newport Wasps rode with basically a four man team at Birmingham and came away with nothing after losing 52-43.The Wasps with Chris Kerr and Leigh Lanham in excellent form cannot compete with top sides like the Brummies when Marek Mroz and Jonas Andersson can only muster a point between them from seven rides. Twice the away side resorted to tacticals Kerr gained a second place in Heat 10 and Lanham won Heat 13 although the Brummies spearhead Jason Lyons suffered an engine failure in the latter. The valiant effort by the Wasps restricted the Brummies to 45-38 only for the Perry Barr men to pull away again at the end to win by nine. NEWPORT - 43, 1. Leigh Lanham .. 3, 3, 2, 6, 2  = 16, 2. James Holder ...0, 3, 1, 0, 1' = 5+1, 3. Jonas Andersson .... 1, 0, 0, 0 = 1, 4. Rider Replacement (Jordan Frampton), 5. Paul Fry .... 0, 2, 2, 1,2,0  = 7, 6. Marek Mroz.... 0, 0, 0 = 0 7. Chris Kerr ... 2, 1, 1, 3, 4, 2, 1'  = 14+1 BIRMINGHAM - 52 (Lyons 11+1, Piszcz 11)

WASPS COME CLOSE TO UPSET

August 2 - Newport Wasps came close to causing an upset against high flying Kings Lynn in a superb encounter at Queensway Meadows this afternoon. The home team went down 46-44 to the Stars despite a heroic effort against much stronger opposition. The Wasps had good fortune at the start of the match as Darcy Ward and Kozza Smith were excluded in heats 1 and 2 respectively allowing them to take maximum advantage. Inevitably, Kings Lynn struck back to narrow the gap between the two sides but there were impressive heat wins from James Holder in heat 5 over Ward and Eklof and from Paul Fry in Heat 6 to overcome Sanchez and Schramm in a brilliant overtake. However, the Wasps lost valuable points Fry fell on two occasions whilst in the points and Jonas Andersson allowed Darcy Ward to snatch third in Heat 5. Andersson redeemed himself in Heat 9 partnering Chris Kerr home to a maximum advantage. Leigh Lanham also confirmed their lead with a rare passing manoeuvre in Heat 10. However, the Wasps could not hold on and the Kings Lynn machine clicked in to gear with four wins in the last five races. Despite the brilliant efforts of Chris Kerr (who ended with paid 17 including a win in Heat 15) the Stars held out for the win. NEWPORT - 44, 1. Leigh Lanham .. 2', 2, 3, 2, 1 = 10+1, 2. James Holder ...3, 3, 0, 0, 0 = 6,
3. Jonas Andersson .... 1, 0, 3, 0, 0 = 4, 4. Rider Replacement (Jordan Frampton), 5. Paul Fry .... 0, 2, 3, F, 1' = 6+1, 6. Marek Mroz.... 2', 0, 1 = 3+1, 7. Chris Kerr ... 3, 1', 2, 2', 2, 2, 3 = 15+2 KINGS LYNN - 46 (Linus Eklof 9, Darcy Ward 8+2, Kozza Smith, Sanchez 8)

HORNETS BEATEN / KERR AT RESERVE ON SUNDAY

August 1 - Not unexpectedly Newport Hornets went down 48-42 to Rye House Cobras at Queensway Meadows on Friday. Grant Tregoning again impressed against excellent opponents. Newport Hornets: Tony Atkin 10 (5), Sam Hurst 5+2 (4), Karl Mason 1 (3), Ryan Sedgmen 9+1 (4), Grant Tregoning 10+1 (5), Shelby Rutherford 5 (5), Tom Young 2 (2). Rye House : Lee Strudwick 16.

In an interesting development ahead of Newport's difficult home fixture on Sunday against Kings Lynn Chris Kerr moves to reserve this Sunday as James Holder progresses into the main team where he is expected to partner Leigh Lanham. The Wasps' Jordan Frampton misses the clash due to a broken scaphoid he suffered 10 days ago. His rides will be covered by rider replacement.

SHEFFIELD FIXTURE POSTPONED

July 26 - Newport's fixture with Sheffield this evening was cancelled due to a waterlogged track. The next fixture at Queensway Meadows is the Hornets against Rye House on Friday (start time - 7pm).

HORNETS HAMMERED

July 24 - Newport Hornets went down by 60-32 to Bournemouth at Wimbourne Road, Poole last night. Newport Hornets: Tony Atkin 8 (5), Ryan Sedgmen 1 (4), Karl Mason 8+1 (5), Sam Hurst 4+1 (4), Grant Tregoning 4 (4), Shelby Rutherford 7+1 (5), Tom Young 0 (3).
 

FRAMPTON OUT AFTER ELITE LEAGUE CRASH

July 23 - Jordan Frampton is sidelined following a spill riding for Coventry Bees  at Monmore Green. crashed in his first ride at Wolverhampton on Monday and is now set to be on the sidelines for a month with a broken scaphoid and medial bone in his wrist.

Newport ride Sheffield Tigers at home on Sunday, tapes up 5pm.

BIRMINGHAM FIXTURE POSTPONED

July 18 - Newport's fixture with Birmingham was called off this afternoon despite huge efforts to get the meeting under way and a clearance in the weather. Despite the work on the track by the Newport promotion it is understood the riders and referee felt it was unsuitable to race. Birmingham fans who made the journey down were disappointed by the late cancellation of the meeting.

MEETING OFF

July 16 - Newport's meeting at Sheffield's Owlerton Stadium was cancelled tonight due to heavy rain and a waterlogged track.

EDINBURGH TOO STRONG FOR WASPS

July 12 - Edinburgh proved too strong for Newport Wasps winning 47-43 in this evening's fixture at Queensway Meadows. The Premier League champions conceded an early advantage to the Wasps, going six points down after three heats, but they gradually clawed their way back in to the match. In the latter stages of the match their heat leader combinations of Andrew Tully, Ryan Fisher and Tommy H. Jonasson were too strong for the Wasps. Tully was in brilliant form breaking Jordan Frampton's track record, setting a new standard of 57.74 seconds. For the Wasps Frampton and Holder were outstanding but Fry and Lanham suffered off-days. Chris Kerr carelessly gave precious points away falling on the same spot on the second bend in his second and third races. Marek Mroz returned a paid four on a steady return to Wasps colours. But Edinburgh, heat winners in 11 out of 15 races thoroughly deserved the spoils in front of an improved crowd. NEWPORT WASPS..43 - 1. Leigh Lanham 2 2 2 1 0 = 7, 2. Chris Kerr 1* F F 1* = 2+2, 3. Jonas Andersson 3 0 1* 1* = 5+2, 4. Jordan Frampton 2* 3 2 3 2 = 12+1, 5. Paul Fry 2 2 0 0 = 4, 6. Marek Mroz 1 1* 1 = 3+1, 7. James Holder 3 1* 2 2 2* = 10+2 EDINBURGH MONARCHS..47 (Ryan Fisher 11+1, Andrew Tully 13)

MROZ COMES IN

July 9 - The Wasps have acted quickly to solve their number six problem by signing Pole Marek Mroz as a direct replacement for Shelby Rutherford and Kyle Newman. Newman is expected to revert back to the club's number 8 whilst Rutherford will continue for the Hornets. Laurence Rogers, team manager, told the club's website "The addition of Marek gives us a new dimension and bottom end power. Once Jonas gets settled in and has his best engines back we will be a force to be reckoned with. The Play-Offs in October is the goal."

There is no meeting at Queensway Meadows tomorrow evening as was originally planned. Start time for Sunday's clash with Edinburgh is 5pm.

IMPRESSIVE FIGHT-BACK BY WASPS

July 5 - Newport Wasps fought back well against a typically efficient and organised Rye House side at Queensway Meadows today. With very little recovery time after their comparatively successful trip to the north the Wasps did show some signs of weariness in the first half of the meeting as they slipped behind to to the Rockets. Two 4-2's in Heats 3 and 5 took Rye House four ahead. Solid riding from Lanham and Fry kept Newport in touch. In the second half of the meeting the Wasps struck back. A fine 5-1 from Lanham and Kerr in Heat 10 took the Wasps clear for the first time only to be pegged back in the next race. The outcome of Heat 11 was preceded by a horrific crash involving Shelby Rutherford who wiped out Paul Fry in the process, miraculously the young Aussie walked away from the incident. Heat 14 saw Jordan Frampton beat Linus Sundstrom and with Holder securing third Newport were two points clear. In a dramatic last heat Neath gated ahead of Lanham and Frampton only to fall on the third bend. In the rerun the two Wasps out-paced Sundstrom to give Newport a flattering six point win (48-42). Newport 48, 1.Leigh Lanham 2, 3, 3, 2, 3 = 13, 2. Chris Kerr 1*, F, 0, 2* = 3+1, 3. Jonas Andersson 0, 0, 1, 1* = 2+1, 4. Jordan Frampton 2, 2, 3, 3, 2* = 12+1, 5. Paul Fry 3, 3, 2, 1* = 9+1, 6. James Holder 3, 0, 3, 2, 1 = 9, 7. Shelby Rutherford 0, X, X = 0

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WASPS EARN DRAW AT BERWICK

July 4 - Newport were denied a deserved win at Berwick tonight when the home side snatched a draw with a stunning 5-1 in the final race. Paul Clews passed Jordan Frampton and then on lap 4 edged past Leigh Lanham to follow Josef Franc home for a maximum. Frampton, Fry and Lanham were outstanding for the Wasps, who managed ten wins. Newport Wasps = 45 1. Leigh Lanham 3,1,3,3,1 = 11, 2. Chris Kerr 1,0,3,1 = 5, 3. Jonas Andersson 0,1,0,1* = 2+1, 4. Paul Fry 2,3,3,2 = 10, 5. Jordan Frampton 3,3,3,2*,0 = 11+1, 6. Shelby Rutherford 0,0,0 = 0, 7. James Holder 3,1,0,2,0 = 6 Berwick 45 (Franc 13+1)

LANHAM SHINES ON DEBUT

July 3 - Leigh Lanham put in an excellent performance on his debut for Newport at Edinburgh tonight scoring 12 paid 13 from his five rides. The only time he was beaten by an opponent was in Heat 13 where unfortunately he was a tactical ride. The Wasps did not threaten the home side but came out respectable losers by 51 points to 41 against the Premier League champions. Chris Kerr also rode strongly, winning Heat 15 in a 5-1 with Lanham, and scoring 9 paid 10 from five rides despite a fall in Heat 11. Paul Fry was off the pace with bike trouble. NEWPORT WASPS 41 - 1. Leigh Lanham: 3 3 3 1! 2’ = 12+1, 2. Chris Kerr: 2’ 1 3 X 3 = 9+1, 3. Jonas Andersson: 1 1 1 0 = 3, 4.. Paul Fry: F F R 1’ = 1+1, 5. Jordan Frampton: 3 2 2 0 = 7, 6. Shelby Rutherford: 1 = 2+1, 7. James Holder: X 1 1’ 0 1' 1 4! = 8+2 EDINBURGH 51 (Summers 13+2)

WASPS REPLACE LEMON AND WERNER

June 30 - 31 year old Englishman Leigh Lanham and 19 year old Swede Jonas Andersson have replaced Mark Lemon and Brent Werner in the Newport Wasps line up and will make their debuts this coming Friday, the 3rd of July, at Armadale as the Wasps take on the reigning Premier League champions, the Edinburgh Monarchs.

Lanham has been tipped for a place in the Wasps line up for a month or so now, so his signing is probably not really a surprise to the Wasps fans! Andersson, on the other hand, has only been rumoured of getting a Wasps place since Sunday, after the Welsh Open meeting. The Swede impressed as he netted 8 points, including a superb win and two seconds. Their signings sadly mean that Lemon and Werner have been released from the club. The team for Edinburgh: Leigh Lanham, Jordan Frampton, Jonas Andersson, Paul Fry, Chris Kerr, James Holder, Shelby Rutherford.

DOOLAN WINS WELSH OPEN

Jun 28 - Australian Kevin Doolan won this afternoon's Welsh Open Championship at Newport. American Ryan Fisher was second with Jordan Frampton and Mark Lemon occupying the minor placing. With a good crowd and hot weather the meeting was characterised by poor track preparation and long delays, no doubt frustrating fans making the long journey home. Swede Jonas Andersson impressed and was unfortunate not to make the final but was unlucky to be excluded in his match up with Doolan. New Zealander Grant Tregoning surprised with a heat victory in exalted company.

HORNETS STING SAINTS

Jun 26 - Newport Hornets easily beat Scunthorpe Saints in this evening's Grand Prix curtain raiser at Queensway Meadows. The final scoreline of 48-43 flattered the Saints who secured some late heat advantages to bring respectability to the outcome. New Zealander Grant Tregoning was outstanding and capped a good all round performance by sweeping around Saints top man Simon Lambert in Heat 11 to grab victory on the line. Todd Kurtz and Karl Mason provided invaluable support. Sam Hurst had a mixed meeting, disqualified for bringing off Richard Franklin in Heat 3 , he was a victim himself when he was scythed down by Scott Richardson (excluded) in Heat 9. He was the victor in Heat 9 but fell again in Heat 14.  Newport Hornets = 48 Tony Atkin – 2, 2, 2, 0 = 6, Ryan Sedgmen – 1*, 1*, 0 = 2+1,  Karl Mason – X, 3, 2*, 3, 1* = 9+2 Grant Tregoning – 2, 2*, 3, 3, 2 = 12+1, Sam Hurst – 0, 0, 3, 0 = 3, Shelby Rutherford – 3, 1, 1, 2 = 7+1, Todd Kurtz – 1,3,3,1*,1  = 9+1 Scunthorpe= 43 (Simon Lambert 16)

SPEEDWAY'S BIG WEEKEND

Jun 25 - Speedway's big weekend gets under way at Queensway Meadows tomorrow evening with a National League match between Newport Hornets and Scunthorpe. Tapes are up at 7pm. Following the British Grand Prix in Cardiff (Saturday 5pm), Newport host their traditional invitation event, the Welsh Open Championship, with a start time of 1pm on Sunday. The field for the meeting is as follows - 1. Paul Fry , 2. Jonas Andersson 3. Mark Lemon, 4. Emil Kramer 5. Leigh Lanham, 6. Krzysztof Stojanowski , 7. Andreas Westlund, 8. Jordan Frampton, 9. Grant Tregoning, 10. Ricky Ashworth, 11. Kevin Doolan, 12. Ty Proctor , 13. Ryan Fisher , 14. David Howe , 15. Chris Schramm , 16, Lubos Tomicek.  

KURTZ LEADS HORNETS TO IMPRESSIVE AWAY WIN

Jun 22 - 16 year old Aussie Tod Kurtz led Newport Hornets to an impressive 52-42 away win at Mildenhall yesterday. The depleted Hornets side without Grant Tregoning and Sam Hurst. Tony Atkin also impressed with a paid maximum from his five rides in a comfortable victory. NEWPORT HORNETS: Todd Kurtz 16, Tony Atkin 14+1, Ryan Sedgemen 9+1, Karl Mason 7+1, Shelby Rutherford 4, Tom Young 2+1.

WASPS CRASH OUT OF CUP

Jun 21 - Newport Wasps crashed out of the Knockout Cup after they went down 50-40 to Redcar Bears this afternoon. The match finally went ahead after two previous postponements but the Wasps efforts were overshadowed by more negative pre-meeting comments by promoter Nicky Mallett. Mallett has made a number of ill-timed and immature statements recently about the Wasps being near to closure at the same time as upset the current team by stating publicly he is looking for new riders. The home team were comfortably beaten by the Bears but did suffer some misfortune Paul Fry had an engine failure whilst leading heat one and was excluded after breaking the tapes in heat ten. Newport Wasps 40: 1 - Mark Lemon (c) 11+1 (5); 2 - Paul Fry 5(4): 3 - Brent Werner 7(4); 4 - Chris Kerr 5(4); 5 - Jordan Frampton 7+1(5); 6 – Kyle Newman 1+1(4); 7 - James Holder 4+1(5).  Redcar Bears 50: 1 - Gary Havelock (c) 13+1(5).

MIXED FORTUNES FOR SPEEDWAY TEAMS

Jun 14 - Newport Wasps were trounced by Glasgow Tigers today by 66-26 in a disappointing showing. Paul Fry was top scorer having a achieved a tactical double victory but he was taken to hospital for x-rays on a wrist injury. On a more positive note Newport Hornets won an excellent match at home 48-42 over title hopefuls Plymouth. 16 year old Australian Todd Kurtz impressed on his debut leading the scorers for Newport. NEWPORT WASPS 26: Paul Fry 7, Mark Lemon 6, Chris Kerr 5, Jordan Frampton 3, Brent Werner 3, Kyle Newman 2, James Holder 0 GLASGOW 66 (Lee Dicken 16+2) NEWPORT HORNETS 48: Todd Kurtz 10, Karl Mason 9, Ryan Sedgemen 9, Sam Hurst 7+2, Grant Tregoning 7, Tony Atkin 4+1, Shelby Rutherford 2+1 PLYMOUTH DEVILS 42 (Mark Simmonds 17)

WORKINGTON TOO STRONG FOR WASPS

Jun 13 - Brilliant performances from Workington's Adrian Rymal and Kevin Doolan, both of whom were unbeaten by an away rider, paved the way for a comfortable 53-43 win over Newport Wasps this evening. The scoreline was assisted for the Wasps by two 8-1's with Mark Lemon and Paul Fry winning their tactical rides in Heats 11 and 8 respectively. Workington 53 (Doolan 15, Rymal 14+1) Newport 43 (Mark Lemon 2,2,6!,2,1=13, Paul Fry 1',1',6!,2',0=10+3, Brent Werner 0,2,FX=2, Chris Kerr 1,0,1,2'=4+1, Jordan Frampton 0,2,1,1'=4+1, Kyle Newman 0,1',0,0=1+1, James Holder 2,1,2',1,3=9+1)

COMFORTABLE WIN FOR WASPS

Jun 12 - Newport Wasps rode to a comfortable victory over Glasgow Tigers at Queensway Meadows this evening. The Wasps riding on an experimental Friday evening took the early advantage and maintained a healthy lead throughout to emerge 50-40 victors. A reasonable crowd witnessed some good racing including three superb races to complete the meeting. NEWPORT WASPS = 50 Mark Lemon - 3,3,2,0 = 8, Paul Fry - 2*,2*,3,1*,0 = 8+3, Brent Werner - 3,2,2,3 = 10, Chris Kerr - 2*,0,1*,2 = 5+2, Jordan Frampton - 3,2,2,2,2 = 11, Shelby Rutherford - 1,0,EX = 1, James Holder - 3,1,2*,0,1* = 7+2 GLASGOW TIGERS = 40 Shane Parker, Paul Clews, James Grieves all scored 10
 

HORNETS AND WASPS MATCHES OFF

June 6 - Newport Hornets fixture with Buxton Hitmen yesterday evening was called off due to a waterlogged track. June 7 - The Wasps fixture at home against Redcar was called off due to a waterlogged track following heavy overnight rain.

WASPS SIGN PLYMOUTH YOUNGSTER

June 2 - Newport Wasps have signed Plymouth youngster Kyle Hughes to fill their No. 7 reserve berth. He makes his debut against the Redcar Bears this Sunday afternoon in the second leg of the Knockout Cup. The 19 year old will replace Tony Atkin. Co promoter Nick Mallett said: "We had to make changes and this is our first one during the league campaign. This is not our final change for definite, we are still actively looking for riders who could come in and do a good job." Hughes impressed for Plymouth in their victory last week over Newport Hornets.

HEADS TO ROLL AFTER WASPS LOSE AGAIN

May 31 - Newport Wasps lost 45-44 at home to Berwick yesterday afternoon. A regrading of the track is identified as assisting Berwick's cause. Up to Heat 10 the Wasps were seven points ahead but critically two 5-1's in Heats 11 and 13 both involving Michal Markovsky won the day. A Heat 15 3-3 meant the Bandits held out for the victory. Commenting on the result Newport promoter Nick Mallett stated "Yet again we have slipped up at home and it is simply is not good enough. Certain riders just did not perform when we needed them to most. We have put our heart and soul into the club since taking over it and we can only apologize for these results. We are not going to be like the old promotion and accept such poor results. We can promise our fans that big changes are coming to Newport Speedway and you can expect some news exclusively on this website soon."

Newport Wasps: Mark Lemon 9+1, Brent Werner 8+1, Chris Kerr 7+3, Paul Fry 7+1, James Holder 6+2, Jordan Frampton 5, Tony Atkin 2.Berwick Bandits: Josef Franc 10+1, Michal Makovsky 10

SCUNTHORPE AND PLYMOUTH DEFEATS

May 29 - The Wasps went down to a 14 point defeat (52-38) at Scunthorpe in a Premier Trophy clash. The Hornets lost 53-41 at Plymouth. Karl Mason top scored with scored 11(+1).

Scunthorpe Scorpions: David Howe 12+1, Magnus Karlsson 11+1 Newport Wasps: Paul Fry 10+1, Mark Lemon 8+1, Brent Werner 6, James Holder 5+2, Jordan Frampton 5, Chris Kerr 4, Adam Wrathall 0.

HORNETS BEAT ISLANDERS

May 25 - Newport Hornets beat a good Isle of Wight side 48-41 this afternoon at Queensway Meadows. The Hornets were behind early on but a Heat 9 5-1 from Grant Tregoning and Sam Hurst put them in front. Tregoning made an immediate impression and after the Islanders pairing were excluded in Heat 15 he and Tony Atkin gave the scoreline a more comfortable look than was deserved. Newport Hornets = 48 Tony Atkin – 0, 3, 2, 2, 3 = 10, Ryan Sedgmen – 1, 2*, 3, 1* = 7+2, Grant Tregoning – 0, 2, 3, 3, 2* = 10+1, Sam Hurst – 1, 0, 2*, 0 = 3+1,  Karl Mason – 3, 0, 2, 1* = 6+1, Shelby Rutherford – 3, 2, 0, 2*, 2 = 9+1, Richard Andrews (3.00) – 1, 2*, 0 = 3+1 Isle of Wight Islanders = 41 (Tom Brown – 3, 3, 3, 3, 0 = 12)

WASPS STAGE COMEBACK TO BEAT WORKINGTON

May 24 - Newport recovered from an early deficit to record an excellent win over Workington at Queensway Meadows this afternoon. In their first Premier League match of the campaign the Wasps were eight points adrift after 4 heats before eventually running out 47-43 winners. The key race was heat 14. With the scores standing at 39-39 the Wasps brought in reserve James Holder (instead of Tony Atkin) alongside Chris Kerr. But it was Workington pair Jan Graversen and Richard Lawson who took the lead. The improving Kerr went from first to third riding through the middle of the Comets' pair on the first lap. Then on the next lap Holder took Lawson on the outside before cutting back underneath Graversen to capture a superb 5-1. Mark Lemon sealed the victory with a win from the gate in Heat 15. Newport = 47 (Mark Lemon 0,1,3,2,3=9, Paul Fry 2,3,3,0=8, Brent Werner 0,3,3,3,0=9, Chris Kerr 2,2,'1,3=8+1, Jordan Frampton 2,2,2,1'=7+1, Tony Atkin 1,0,0=1, James Holder 0,1',2',0,2'=5+3) Workington = 43 (Rymel 11+1)

HEAVY DEFEAT FOR WASPS

May 22 - Newport Wasps went down to a heavy defeat at Somerset last night in the Premier Trophy by 56-36. There were seven points adrift after Heat 10 but fell away at the end of the meeting, the only significant resistance offered by Jordan Frampton. Newport Wasps 36 (Mark Lemon ........ 2, 1', 1, 1', 2 = 7+2, Paul Fry ............. 1', 2, 2, X = 5+1, Brent Werner ...... 0, 0, 2, 1 = 3, Chris Kerr ........... 1, 1, 1', 1 = 4+1, Jordan Frampton .. 1', 3, 3, 4^, 0 = 11+1, Kyle Newman ...... 0, 0, 0, 0 = 0, James Holder ...... 3, 2, 1', 0^ = 6+1) Somerset Rebels 56 (Kramer 12, Johnston 12)

REDCAR MEETING

May 17 - The meeting today with Redcar was cancelled due to heavy rain and a waterlogged track. It has been rescheduled for June 7.

WASPS GO DOWN AT STOKE

May 16 - Newport Wasps went down to a comfortable 51-42 defeat at Stoke tonight. A Fry - Frampton 5-1 in Heat 7 reduced Stoke's lead to two points but the Potters pulled away in the latter half of the meeting. Newport Wasps = 42 (Mark Lemon ©...2, 3, 1, 3, 2 = 11, Chris Kerr...1', 0, 3, 0 = 4+1, Jordan Frampton...1, 3, 2, 6^, 0 = 12, Paul Fry...0, 2, 0, 2 = 4+1, Brent Werner...2, 1, 1, 1 = 5, Kyle Newman...0, 0, 0 = 0, James Holder...3, 1', 1, 1, 0 = 6+1) Stoke 51 (Complin 12+2, Bunyan 12)

HORNETS LOSE FRIDAY NIGHT CLASH

May 15 - Newport Hornets lost 51-42 at home to Weymouth in an experimental Friday night clash at Queensway Meadows. The Hornets were behind for most of the meeting and failed to make any impression on the solid Wildcats. Newport Hornets = 42 ( Lee Dicken...1, 2, 6^, 0 = 9, Karl Mason...3, 0, 3, 0 = 6, Grant Tregoning...1, 0, 1, 3, 0 = 5,  Sam Hurst...0, 1, 0, R = 1, Tony Atkin ©...3, 2, 3, 3, 3 = 14, Shelby Rutherford...1', 1', 0, 2 = 4+2, Jay Pickard...2, 1, 0, 0 = 3) Weymouth Wildcats = 51

WASPS FACE UPHILL STRUGGLE IN CUP

May 14 - Newport Wasps face a difficult second leg against Redcar Bears at Queensway Meadows on Sunday after losing the first leg of their Knockout Cup clash by 52-38 tonight.  Despite conceding a first race 4-2 the Bears were dominant with their spearhead of Proctor, Stonehewer and Havelock in excellent form. Jordan Frampton and Mark Lemon were impressive for the Wasps, the latter winning a keenly contested Heat 15. The Wasps were fourteen points down after 9 heats before a Frampton-Fry 5-1 reduced the deficit to ten. But Havelock and Proctor stretched the lead again to fourteen points in Heat 13. Redcar 52 (Stonehewer 12) Newport 38 (Mark Lemon (C) 3, 3, 2, 0,3 = 11,  Chris Kerr 1, 0, 2, 1* = 4+1, Jordan Frampton 2, 2, 3, 3, 0 = 10, Paul Fry 0, 1*, 2*, 3 = 6+2, Brent Werner E, 1, 1, 1 =3, Kyle Newman 0, 0, FD, 0 =0, James Holder 1, 2, 1*, 0, 0 = 4+1)

MALLETT BEMOANS WASPS FANS LACK OF SUPPORT FOR 'NOTHING' FIXTURE

May 10 - Nicky Mallett criticised Newport's fans for not turning out for a four team challenge meeting put on at Queensway Meadows today. Mallett said the promotion were disappointed by the crowd. He told the Wasps website "We had a blank date so we decided to put on a show for the fans for them to watch, rather than being sat at home watching the Eastenders omnibus! We didn't expect the best crowd in the world, but we were disappointed with the crowd.". He went on to say "The riders gave it their all in a meeting that, quite frankly, meant nothing." The Rest of the World team came out on top with 33 points (Tyron Proctor and Jesper Kristiansen both scoring 11 points, Ludvig Lindgren 7 and Newport's New Zealander Grant Tregoning getting a creditable 4 points on his first outing). The Bulldogs scored 25 (including a positive effort from Jordan Frampton), the Kangaroos 25 and the Stars and Stripes 24.

SPEEDWAY COMMENT - Mallett undermined his own argument here. The meeting was not a competitive fixture. As he said, it 'meant nothing'. Therefore, in difficult times why should punters shell out £13.50 plus other costs when there is no end result! The fans are there and will support a successful Newport Wasps team. There is a Friday evening Newport Hornets fixture this week, it will be interesting to see the turnout at a more favourable time for most supporters.

WASPS FORCE DRAW WITH SOMERSET

May 3 - Newport Wasps forced a 46-46 draw with Somerset this afternoon at Queensway Meadows in a thoroughly entertaining Premier League encounter. A depleted Newport side took an early lead with two maximums in the first two heats of the meeting. They stretched their advantage to ten points after another 5-1 from Lemon and Werner in Heat 6 before Somerset began their recovery. A 5-3 in Heat 7 with Kramer taking a tactical second place behind the resurgent Werner was followed by four consecutive 4-2's. In Heat 11 Kyle Newman showed his immense promise holding off Steve Johnston for second place. Guest Joe Haines and James Holder put the Wasps back in front with a maximum in Heat 12. But for the Rebels Steve Johnston and Corey Gathercole outpaced Lemon and Werner to draw the match level in the following heat. In Heat 14 Somerset's Emil Kramer and Jay Herne took the lead from the gate but veteran Paul Fry swept around them on the third and fourth bend in the race of the day to maintain level standings. In a gripping final heat Lemon held off Kramer and Gathercole to make it a draw. Newport Wasps 46 Mark Lemon...3, 2', 2, 2, 1,3 = 13+1, Chris Kerr R/R, Joe Haines (guest for Frampton)....2,2,FX, 0,3 = 7, Paul Fry........2',0, 1', 2, 3, 0 = 8+2, Brent Werner...3, 3, 3, 0, 0 = 9, Kyle Newman....2', 0, 2, 0 = 4+1, James Holder....3, 0, 0, 2' = 5+1 Somerset 46 (Kramer 14+1, Gathercole 13+1, Johnston 7+1 8).

RUTHERFORD STANDS OUT BUT HORNETS SLUMP AGAIN

Apr 30 - Shelby Rutherford was prominent as Newport Hornets were easily beaten for the second time in five days by Bournemouth Buccaneers. The young Aussie scored 12 points (paid 13) from six rides as the Hornets were beaten by 56-37. In an improved display the Hornets did post four heat winners and after heat 12 pulled to within 13 points after a Rutherford-Hurst 8-1. The home side replied with two 5-1's before Lee Dicken beat the previously unbeaten Mark Baseby in the final heat. Bournemouth 56 (M Basebay 14) Newport Hornets 37 (Lee Dicken - F, 2, 3, 1,3 = 9 Richard Andrews - 1, 1', M, 0 = 2+1, Sam Hurst - Dq, 2, F, 2', 1 = 5+1, Karl Mason - 1, 0, 3, 1 = 5, Tony Atkin - Dq, R, 4^ = 4, Shelby Rutherford - 1, 2, 2, 1', 6^, 0 = 12+1, John Resch - F, Dq, 0, 0 = 0)

PRIEST SAYS HE HAD 'NOWHERE TO GO' IN HURST CLASH

Apr 27 - Bournemouth Buccaneers rider Luke Priest told This is Bournemouth that he had “nowhere to go” after clattering into Newport’s Sam Hurst during a controversial National League cup tie at Queensway Meadows yesterday. The south coast side won 59-31. Priest claimed that he didn’t bring the Newport Hornets man down on purpose before Hurst was thrown out of the meeting for allegedly aiming a punch at Priest. Hurst denied the allegation, claiming he had only pushed Priest following the crash on the third bend of the first lap in heat three.

Coventry based referee Dave Watters handed out a string of fines as tempers became frayed. He fined Hurst £300 for ungentlemanly conduct and banned him from the meeting. Watters confirmed he had also fined Priest £300 for his “father’s behaviour” in the aftermath of the on-track incident when an unsavoury skirmish took place in the pits area between members of both camps. He also fined Newport’s joint team manager Laurence Rogers £600 for alleged abuse of the referee, and their other boss Kevin Brown £100 for their protests at the ref’s decision to exclude Hurst from the rest of the meeting.

WERNER SHINES AS WASPS BEAT BIRMINGHAM

Apr 26 - Two of Newport's early season under-achievers showed a welcome return to form as the Wasps overcame Birmingham Brummies this afternoon. Brent Werner and Chris Kerr put in improved displays in a solid all-round effort for the home side. The 50-40 victory will be particularly welcome given the difficulties over Nick Simmons and three heavy defeats in a row. The Brummies led by two points after heat seven but six 4-2's in the final eight heats took Newport in to a comfortable lead. Jason Lyons was the pick of the Birmingham side and was involved in a number of exciting races losing out to Paul Fry (in heat 5) and the rejuvenated Brent Werner in an outstanding final race. Newport Wasps 50 Mark Lemon...0, 1', 3, 1' = 5+2, Chris Kerr...2, 2, 3, 1 = 8, Jordan Frampton....2, 1, 3, 3, 1 = 10, Paul Fry........0, 3, 1, 1 = 5, Brent Werner...3, 0, 3, 2, 3 = 11, Kyle Newman....1, 1, FX = 2, James Holder....3, 1, 1, 1, 3 = 9 Birmingham 40 (Lyons 12, Lindgren 8).

REF BANS HURST AS HORNETS HAMMERED

Apr 26 - Newport Hornets slid to a heavy defeat by 59-31 to Bournemouth Buccaneers in the second half of this afternoon's double header. Newport's Sam Hurst was banned from the meeting by the referee after a Heat 3 fall caused by Luke Priest resulted in an altercation in the pits. This left Newport with five riders as Tom Young was already withdrawn from the meeting. Newport Hornets 31 Lee Dicken - 1,3,1!,Fex=5, Richard Andrews - 0,0,1,EX,=1, Sam Hurst - Exluded from the Meeting, Karl Mason - 3,1,1,2,0=7, Tony Atkin - 2,3,4!,1,2=12, Shelby Rutherford - 2, 1,0, EF,3,0=6, Tom Young - R =0 - Withdrawn Bournemouth 59 (Herne 12, Aldridge 11).

SIMMONS ROW SPILLS ON TO THE INTERNET

Apr 26 - The departure of Wasps reserve Nick Simmons, temporary or otherwise, spilled on the internet following the announcement that Newport had invited former skipper Tony Atkin to assist them to cover the troubled position. Simmons responded angrily to the announcement yesterday stating that he had not been contacted directly by the club. He used the British Speedway Forum to state his position. "I've read on here and heard off different people that I have been replaced by Tony Atkin, but i can tell you that I'm not even heard off the Newport promotion to inform me of any changes to the team as I write this I'm still waiting for the call." Newport's promotion compounded the issue by responding to Simmons directly on the same forum, both Laurence Rogers and Steve Mallett dealt with the issues raised by Simmons at length. Mallett said "Nobody wanted to say that Nick Simmons had been dropped. Tony does not really want to do a whole season and we both felt that his coming back short term would give Nick a chance to recover both his health and form. I feel that I would not have been doing my job as the Promoter If I had not responded to the teams current loss of form as a whole. I believe in giving riders time and that is why Nick Simmons was left alone." If only this message had been communicated to the rider directly by telephone then an embarrassing episode for the club could have been avoided.

WASPS SEE STARS

Apr 22 - Newport Wasps fell to a massive defeat at Kings Lynn this evening. The Wasps were outclassed by the Stars losing by 63 points to 31. Chris Schramm and Tomas Topinka were in dominant form for the home side recording paid maximums. The only bright spot was an improved display from Chris Kerr. Frampton and Werner were highly disappointing. Kings Lynn 63 (Schramm 14+1, Topinka 13+2 Newport 31 Mark Lemon 2 4 1' 0 = 7+1, Chris Kerr F 0 3 4 1 = 8, Paul Fry 1 3 2 2 0 = 8, Brent Werner 0 0 1' 0 = 1+1, Jordan Frampton FX 1 FX 1 = 2, Kyle Newman FX 0 1 0 = 1, James Holder 1 1 0 2 = 4 )

COMMENT: THE MALLETTS DESERVE BETTER

The dreadful performance from the Wasps on Sunday and the reaction to it should not detract from the fact that we have a speedway team to criticise at Newport. We nearly lost speedway for good. It is only down to the efforts and finances of Steve and Nicky Mallett that we have it all. However, without sounding too cheesy - they deserve better from riders and team managers. No one can doubt the commitment of the riders but few of them worked out the racing line on Sunday or demonstrated the necessary composure to settle for a second or third rather than nothing at all. Paul Fry was absolutely outstanding but he was on his own. It would also help if the Wasps settled on a line up for more than one meeting to bring some stability to the side. One or two quirky decisions by the team managers are not helping either, selecting the scoreless Frampton for the nominated tactical ride in Heat 7 yesterday was mystifying as was the decision to replace Holder with Newman in the same race. Following the loss of Watson Newport need everyone at their best, but sadly that is not happening at the moment. Let's give them time and surely they will have the talent to turn it around.

WASPS OUTCLASSED BY STOKE

Apr 19 - Newport were completely outclassed again by a superb Stoke effort at Queensway Meadows this afternoon. The super smooth, super fast new track surface only seems to benefitting the away teams at the moment. Several of the Potters stars, including proven track specialists such as Lee Complin and Jason Bunyan, took an instant liking to it. Heat 2 was a disaster for the Wasps as first Holder and then Newman were excluded as they fell on the first turn. Jason Bunyan then ran a very wide line in Heat 3 to grab victory from Paul Fry on the line. The Wasps luck was out in Heat 5 as third placed Chris Kerr fell and was excluded. Then in Heat 6 Mark Lemon suffered a final lap engine failure while comfortably out in front. Mysteriously, Wasps manager Laurence Rogers selected Jordon Frampton for a tactical ride in Heat 7 after he had failed to score in his opening ride. He also replaced the programmed ride for James Holder with a ride for Kyle Newman. Result 5-1 to Stoke and a 28-13 lead. The Wasps never recovered. Paul Fry won as a tactical double in Heat 9 and performed superbly throughout. But it was the unbeaten Danish reserve Klaus Jakobsen and the spectacular Bunyan whole stole the show. 55-37 to Stoke. Newport Wasps 37 - Mark Lemon 3 ef 0 3 0 = 6, Brent Werner 0 2 0 3 = 5, Paul Fry 2 3 T6 3 1 = 15, Chris Kerr 0 dx 0 1 = 1, Jordan Frampton 0 T1 3 1 = 5, James Holder DX 2 2 1 0 = 5, Kyle Newman DX 0 0 = 0  Stoke 55 (Bunyan 13+1, Jakobsen 12, Complin 9+1)

RUTHERFORD GETS HIS PERMIT

Apr 14 - Despite missing out on yesterday's Hornets fixture with Mildenhall Newport's Aussie star Shelby Rutherford obtained a work visa enabling him to ride this season.

HORNETS WIN OPENER

Apr 13 - Newport's second team the Hornets made a winning start to their National League campaign with a 52-40 victory over Mildenhall. Scorers - Newport Hornets = 52 - Lee Dicken – 3,3,2,2*,E/f = 10+1, Tom Young – 2*,1,0 = 3+1, Sam Hurst – 1,2*,2*2 = 7+2, Karl Mason – 3,3,3,3,2 = 14, Tony Atkin – 3,3,3,3 = 12, Jay Pickard – 1,1,1,1*,1 = 5+1, Richard Andrews – F/x,0,1,0 = 1 . Mildenhall Fen Tigers = 40

KINGS LYNN TOO STRONG FOR WASPS

Apr 12 - A depleted Wasps team, minus the services of Brent Werner, were outclassed by Kings Lynn at Queensway Meadows this afternoon. Newport went down 51-39 with only Paul Fry and Jordan Frampton offering any resistance. For Kings Lynn the man of the match was Darcy Ward who racked up 20 points from his seven rides, deprived of a maximum by a skilful ride from Fry in Heat 12. Mark Lemon had an off day and generally the Wasps had too many weaknesses (including low scores from Simmons and Kerr) to present a serious challenge. Newport Wasps 39 - Mark Lemon...2', 1', 2, 1' = 6+3, Paul Fry...3, 2, 1', 1', 3, 2 = 12+2, Rider Replacement (Brent Werner), Chris Kerr...2, 1', 1, 0 = 4+1, Jordan Frampton...2, 3, 2, 2, 0 = 9, James Holder...1, 0, 2, 2, 0, 1', 1 = 7+1, Nick Simmons...0, 0, 0, 1 = 1 Kings Lynn Stars 51 (Ward 20, Topinka 13, Schramm 8+1)

NEW START TIME FOR SPEEDWAY

Apr 8 - Following a vote taken at the Rye House meeting Newport fans have decided on a new start time for their home meetings of 2.30pm. Therefore, both Easter fixtures (Sunday Wasps v Kings Lynn and Monday Hornets v Mildenhall) will start at the new time.

WASPS STRUGGLE PAST SCUNTHORPE

Apr 5 - Newport Wasps edged out Scunthorpe Scorpions by 49 points to 46 in another last heat decider at Queensway Meadows. The Wasps thoroughly deserved their victory but were made to work hard by Scunthorpe as they recovered from a deficit of twelve points after three races. Two tactical substitutions reversed their fortunes. In Heat 6 a previously unbeaten Paul Fry outpaced Magnus Karlsson but suffered a blown engine while out in front. A 4-4 was turned in to a Scunthorpe 7-2. Two further heat advantages for the Scorpions reduced the Newport lead to a point. In heat 9 Frampton and Werner held off Karlsson to restore the Wasps to a five point advantage. Frampton beat the track record winning in 58.04 seconds, snatching the title from Mark Lemon who had achieved 58.13 in Heat 1, both beating Craig Watson's time from August 2003. But a Howe - Karlsson 5-1 in Heat 13 reduced the margin to a single point again. Despite the pressure the Wasps held their nerve. Werner and Holder taking 4-2 in the penultimate heat before Lemon and Frampton held on for a share of the spoils in Heat 15.Newport =49 Mark Lemon...3,2',2,3,1,2 = 13+1, Paul Fry....2',3,ef, 0, F = 5+1, Jordan Frampton.....2,1,3,2,0,1' = 9+1, Chris Kerr R/R, Brent Werner....3,1,2',2,3 = 11+1, James Holder ...3,0,1',1 = 5+1, Nick Simmons.....2',1','1,,2'= 6+2, Scunthorpe 46 (David Howe 13+1, Magnus Karlsson 13)

BRILLIANT WIN FOR WASPS AT BIRMINGHAM

Apr 1 - If anything underlines the ambition and drive of the 2009 Newport Wasps it was this outstanding 47-43 win at Birmingham this evening. The Wasps recovered from an eight point deficit after two heats showing great character to grab the lead after a 5-1 from Fry and Holder in Heat 8. The Brummies recovered their composure with maximums in Heats 9 and 10 to stretch their lead back to six points. The Wasps then returned the compliment with first Lemon and Fry and then Frampton and Holder gaining 5-1's. In a crucial Heat 13 Mark Lemon maintained the Wasps two point advantage by beating the home skipper Jason Lyons for his only defeat of the night. Frampton and Holder pulled off a 4-2 in the penultimate heat to make it a four point lead. Lyons won Heat 15 but Lemon and Frampton occupied the minor placings to secure a famous victory. Newport =47 Mark Lemon...1,3,3,3,3,2 = 15, Paul Fry....0,3,0,3,2* = 8+1, Jordan Frampton.....1,2*,1,3,3,1* = 11+2, Chris Kerr R/R, Brent Werner....3,0,1,0 = 4, Nick Simmons.....1,1,0 = 2, James Holder ...0,2*,2*,0,2*,1 = 7+3 Birmingham 43 (Jason Lyons 14)

Aussie James Holder (red)  leads the way in Heat Two of this afternoon's exciting match at Queensway Meadows. Other riders pictured in green Andrew Silver (Rye House) in blue Nick Simmons (Newport) and in yellow Luke Bowen (Rye House)

WASPS OPEN THEIR ACCOUNT

Mar 29 - Newport Wasps opened their account in the Premier Trophy with a fine 49-41 win over Rye House at Queensway Meadows this afternoon. Rye House were depleted by the loss of Chris Neath, guest replacement  Stuart Robson amazingly failed to register a point. However, with British youngsters Robert Mear and Joe Haines to the fore, they took an impressive early lead after four heats. The Wasps slowly clawed back the lead and were level going in to Heat 10. The impressive pairing of Lemon and Fry secured a 4-2 to put them in front for the first time. Brent Werner and Jordan Frampton, both making their best displays of the season, secured wins in Heats 11 and 12 to keep the Wasps in front. In Heat 13 Mark Lemon and Werner pulled out a 5-1 after a slip on the third bend by Tommy Allen. A 4-2 in Heat 14 gave the Rockets an outside chance of a draw but Lemon and Frampton stormed out of the gate and on to 5-1 in the final heat to make the advantage wider than perhaps the Wasps deserved. Newport Wasps 49 Mark Lemon...3,1,3, 3, 3 = 13, Paul Fry ...1,3,2,1 = 7 Jordan Frampton...1,1,3,3,2' = 10+1, Chris Kerr...0,2,1,0 = 3, Brent Werner...1, 3,2,2', = 8+1, James Holder...3, 0, 1', 2 = 6+1, Nick Simmons...1,0,1', 0 = 2+1 Rye House 41 (Haines 12, Mear 10)

BATTLING WASPS JUST FALL SHORT

Mar 27 - Newport Wasps performed valiantly at Somerset tonight without heat leader Chris Kerr sidelined due to a minor injury. They came up two points short going down to the Rebels by 46-44 for the second time in a week. Although Somerset walked away with the Severn Bridge Trophy the Wasps will be delighted with Paul Fry's first outing (10 points from 6 rides) and the much improved overall display from the team. Somerset 46 (92 points from the two matches) - Steve Johnston 14 points Newport Wasps 44 (88) Mark Lemon...2, 3, R, 2, 2, 3 = 12, Jordan Frampton...1', 1', 1, 2, 1' = 6+3, Paul Fry...2, 2, 0, 3, 3, 0 = 10, Rider replacement (Chris Kerr), Brent Werner...2, 1, 2', FX = 5+1, James Holder...3, 0, 3, 1, 1, 1 = 9, Kyle Newman...2', 0, 0 = 2+1

FRY REPLACES WATSON

Mar 24 - Newport Wasps have acted quickly to fill the gap left by the injured Craig Watson. Paul Fry will join the Wasps line up for the match against Somerset on Friday. Co promoter Nick Mallett told the club's website "The Fryer is probably one of the best riders out their on a similar average to Wato, and after yesterday's performance, we needed to act fast and sign somebody. Paul knows this track as well as anybody and we are sure he will settle in quickly and score some vital points for us". Fry will cover the position until injured skipper Craig Watson returns. Hereford-born Fry rode for Newport in 1997 and 1998, he started his career with Cradley Heath in 1984 and turned out for Isle of Wight Islanders last season, his thirteenth club.

In addition, Kyle Newman takes over from Nick Simmons, as the latter takes time out to recover form and sort out his bike problems.

LAST HEAT MAXIMUM DENIES WASPS

Mar 23 - A last heat maximum by Emil Kramer and Steve Johnston denied Newport Wasps at Queensway Meadows this afternoon. The 5-1 gave Somerset Rebels the spoils by 46-44 in a thrilling finish to the challenge match. Kramer finished with flawless 15 point return from five rides, Johnston used all his nous and experience to hold off Mark Lemon and Chris Kerr. Kerr and Lemon were the pick of the Wasps with James Holder also showing good form out of the reserve berth. Jordan Frampton recovered well but started the meeting with two disappointing last place finishes. NEWPORT WASPS 44 Mark Lemon: 1 3 3 2 3 1 = 13, Jordan Frampton: 0 0 2' 2 1 = 5+1,  Chris Kerr: 2 1 3 3 2 0 = 11, . Craig Watson R/R,  Brent Werner: 2 1' 1 1 = 5+1,  James Holder: 3 2 2' R 1' = 8+2  Nick Simmons: F 1' 0 1 = 2+1 SOMERSET 46 (Emil Kramer 15, Steve Johnston 11)

TOP FOUR PERFORM WELL BUT WASPS LOSE OPENER

Mar 22 - Newport Wasps returned to competitive speedway at Rye House last night but were unable to claim a victory. Both sides were without lead riders in Craig Watson and Chris Neath and were therefore reliant on rider replacement. In the event the Rye House victory by 52 points to 40 effectively came down to the performances of the reserves. Silver and Bowen for the home team amassed 13 points to the single point achieved by Simmons and Holder. The top four performed well all winning races and at one point after Heat 10 the margin between the sides was cut to six points by a 5-1 from Frampton and Kerr before Rye House pulled away again. RYE HOUSE 52 (Robert Mear 16) NEWPORT WASPS 40 - Mark Lemon: 2 1 3 0 3 2 = 11, Jordan Frampton: X F 3 3 1 = 7, Craig Watson R/R, Chris Kerr: 0 1 2' 2 3 = 8+1, Brent Werner: 3 2 6! 1 1 0 = 13, Nick Simmons: 1 0 0 0 = 1, James Holder: 0 X 0 0 = 0

WATSON INJURY WILL LEAD TO WASPS RESHUFFLE

Mar 16 - The broken femur suffered yesterday by Wasps talisman Craig Watson is expected to keep the Newport rider out of action for the entire season. The new Newport promotion has been left with a difficult and unexpected problem before the team's first outing at Rye House on Saturday. They may decide to run with rider replacement for a limited period until a suitable rider becomes available. In order to find a suitable substitute they will need a rider with a Premier League average of 7.34 or less.

CRASHES MAR SPEEDWAY RETURN

Mar 15 - An otherwise successful re-opening of speedway in Newport was marred by injuries to Craig Watson and Jason Doyle in successive races in this afternoon's Prince of Wales Trophy. The lengthy delays caused by medical treatment required by the riders led to the meeting being curtailed to allow fans and riders time to travel on to the Swindon open meeting this evening. In the resultant final, Kevin Doolan emerged victorious out-pacing David Howe, Ben Barker and Mark Lemon respectively.

A bumper crowd of 1400 plus were present to see speedway's return to Queensway Meadows.  Until his crash Newport's Aussie ace Craig Watson had been in outstanding form winning his three opening rides. But on lap 2 in Heat 13 he lost control of the bike on the second bend and careered in to the wooden fence. He was treated on the track for a considerable period with a suspected serious injury to his femur. In the following race Jason Doyle and Tyron Proctor were vying for first place and both ended up crashing in to the air fence on lap 3. Proctor emerged from the crash unscathed but Doyle had a recurrence of a shoulder injury. On a brighter note, new Wasps riders Mark Lemon, James Holder and Chris Kerr impressed.

Scorers - Mark Lemon - 3-2-1-3 = 9, Chris Kerr - 0-2-2-3 = 7,  Kevin Doolan - 2-3-3-2 = 10,  Ben Barker - 1-2-3-3 = 9, David Howe - 3-3-1-3 = 10, Jordan Frampton - 0-X-2-0 = 2, Nick Simmons - 1-0-EF-2 = 3,  James Holder - 2-1-2-1 =6,  Brent Werner -1-0-1-2 = 4,  Nicolai Klindt - 2-3-1-DNR = 6,  Jason Doyle - X-2-3-FX = 5 (Withdrawn), Craig Watson - 3-3-3-FX = 9 (Withdrawn), Ty Proctor - 2-1-2 = 5 (Withdrawn),  Mads Korneliussen - 3-EF = 3 (Withdrawn),  Emil Kramer - 1-1-EF-1 = 3,   Kyle Newman - 0-0-0-0 = 0. Replacements -  Karl Mason - 0-1-1 = 2,  Jay Pickard - EF-2 = 2,  Richard Andrews DNR FINAL - Doolan, Howe, Barker, Lemon

CRUMP TO OPEN NEW ERA

Mar 11 - Newport Wasps legend Phil Crump will bring in the new era next Sunday. The Prince of Wales Trophy (tapes up 1pm) will be opened by the Australian, who joined Newport in 1974, finishing third in the World Championship while he was based at Somerton Park. The meeting clashes with the 60th anniversary meeting at Swindon later in the afternoon. However, the attractive field still includes Mads Korneliusen, Niels Kristian Iversen and David Howe. Update Mar 14 - Iversen cannot make the meeting, his place is taken by Aussie Jason Doyle, the prize money is £1,000.

MALLETT - "THIS IS MY DREAM"

Mar 6 - Steve Mallett, owner of Newport Speedway, told supporters at this evening's Meet the Riders gathering that he was fulfilling a dream and he hoped he would receive the support of people in the city. Over 200 fans in Newport Rugby's Rodney Hall heard Mallett confirm his belief that the new Wasps team would challenge for this year's Premier League title. The team were introduced to excited and expectant supporters, some of whom were returning to the Wasps after several years of disenchantment with the team and the promotion of speedway at Newport. Aussie James Holder confirmed his aim was to be Number 1 this season. Fellow Aussie Mark Lemon said it was important the team did not just look good on paper but delivered results. The only absentee from the Wasps line up on the night was American Chris Kerr. The new Hornets team also received a warm welcome, captain Tony Atkin said it would be would be special to win the National League title as he had never won anything in his life. Shelby Rutherford, the young Aussie star signed by the Hornets, said his aim was to be in the Wasps team by the end of the season. The only sombre note of the evening was struck with news of Adam Roynon's serious injury following a crash in practice at Kings Lynn. 

NEWPORT HORNETS FIXTURES RELEASED

Mar 4 - Find here

COMPLETE HORNETS LINE UP CONFIRMED

Feb 16 - The former Somerset Giants team manager Kevin Brown has been confirmed as the new Newport Hornets team manager and Youth Development officer. The Hornets line up is complete as follows - Tony Atkin, Lee Dicken, Karl Mason, Grant Tregoning, Shelby Rutherford, Richard Andrews, Jay Pickard and Russell Barnet. As yet there are no fixtures for the National League. Newport also state they will be running a youth academy / under 15's side in the coming season.

WASPS MEET THE RIDERS NIGHT

Feb 11 - The Newport Wasps are holding their 'Meet the Riders Evening' in the Rodney Hall at Newport Rugby Club on Friday March 6th. Tickets are available for £4 from the office at the speedway stadium. The tickets entitles the holder entrance to the event, social evening and then the Press and Practice at Queensway Meadows on March 15th.

ANOTHER HORNET JOINS

Feb 10 - Three times New Zealand under 21 champion Grant Tregoning has signed for the Newport Hornets. Tregoning continued a string of successes recently when he picked up the Southland solo championship title. The win came fresh from retaining his national under-21 title and picking up the Brian Reed Memorial Trophy at Oreti Park in Southland in December.

RUTHERFORD SIGNS FOR HORNETS

Feb 4 - 19 year old Australian Shelby Rutherford has signed for Newport's National League side, the Hornets. Rutherford told the official website "it has been a goal of mine from the beginning to ride in Europe, I'm excited, not only to be achieving a goal, but to be given a chance to ride for a great team and help Newport reach their goals for 2009. Riding for Newport gives me a great opportunity to challenge myself on new tracks and against new riders. It will be a tough journey though, as I will be looking for a job and sponsorship that compliments my riding for the year."

NEWPORT WASPS REUNITED

According to worldspeedway.com both Gareth and Laurence Rogers are to return to Newport - their hometown club - at which they started their involvement with Speedway in the 1970s. Then the brothers were based at the former Somerton Park Stadium. Former Eastbourne and Isle of Wight promoter Gareth Rogers has accepted an offer to run all communication and commercial matters for the Newport Wasps whilst former Somerset and Kings Lynn promoter Laurence Rogers will assist Neil Street with team management and oversee the club's youth development policy. Commented club owner Steve Mallett: 'In Nicky Mallett the club has the youngest promoter in British Speedway and he is obviously full of enthusiasm and ideas but we now have invited some experienced guys to work alongside him. To have all four of the Wasps management team born and brought up in Newport is pretty special too.' Gareth Rogers will continue to retain an involvement with the Redcar Bears club which he co-founded.

NATIONAL LEAGUE SIDE MAKES THREE QUICK SIGNINGS

Jan 26 - Newport's second team has moved quickly to build a squad for the National League challenge. Wasps favourite Tony Atkin will become the club's captain and number one. He's joined by Karl Mason and Richard Andrews. Meanwhile, a club competition for the nickname of the team has Hornets narrowly ahead of Mavericks, the previous team name.

ADMISSION PRICES ANNOUNCED

Jan 21 - Newport Wasps fans will be expected to fork out £300 for a season ticket for the 2009 campaign guaranteeing entry to 27 meetings and a grandstand seat. For concessions it is £250 and for children it is £95. To reserve a grandstand seat it is a further £27.

On the day admission is as follows - adults £13.50, concessions £10.50, children over 5 £4, under 5 free. A family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) is £30. All entry includes a grandstand seat.

DANISH STARS WILL RIDE AT NEWPORT OPENER

Jan 19 - The full line up has now been announced for the season opener at Newport, the Prince of Wales Trophy in memory of Tim Stone on Sunday 15th March. The eight Newport Wasps of 2009 will be in attendance, plus a mix of Elite and Premier League stars. The two star captures for the meeting will without doubt be former Newport riders Mads Korneliussen and Niels Kristian Iversen.

The Danish duo were both given their Premier League debuts with the Welsh club, both in 2003. Therefore they would like to ride in the meeting, as a way of showing their respect to Tim Stone. Recent New Year Classic winner Ben Barker is also riding, as well as Australian duo Jason Doyle and Kevin Doolan. Local rivals Somerset will have an interest with the confirmation that Swedish star Emil Kramer will be taking to the track, whilst David Howe and Nicolai Klindt complete the line up.

According to the Wasps website co-promoter Nick Mallett said "'We have assembled an interesting mix of Elite League riders, top Premier League stars and our own Wasps. It will give the fans a real treat while allowing our own riders to gain some important track time". This is one of the strongest line ups seen at Queensway Meadows for a long time, and it promises to be a top meeting. The promotion have confirmed that the new air fence, obtained during the winter months, will be ready for use as well as part of the track being relayed in time.

Iversen and Korneliussen will both be riding in the meeting, which starts at 1pm, before heading up the M4 to Swindon for their Diamond Jubilee meeting. It was first thought that the Danes would only ride at Swindon, but they were desperate to ride at Newport as well to show their official respects to the man that brought them to Britain. Full line-up: Mark Lemon, Craig Watson, Chris Kerr, Jordan Frampton, Brent Werner, James Holder, Nick Simmons, Kyle Newman, Niels Kristian Iversen, Mads Korneliussen, David Howe, Nicolai Klindt, Jason Doyle, Kevin Doolan, Emil Kramer and Ben Barker.

NEWPORT WASPS TO RUN SECOND TEAM IN NATIONAL LEAGUE

Jan 19 - Newport Speedway has confirmed their intention to run a National League side next season. The new side looks likely to have a different nickname from their previous incarnation 'the Mavericks'. The National League may run some of their meetings on a Friday evening under lights.

WASPS LINE UP COMPLETE

Jan 6 - Newport Wasps have finalised their line-up for the British Premier League speedway season, starting in March. The team, now run by new owners Steve Mallett and his son Nick, will include three Australians – Craig Watson, Mark Lemon and Chris Holder – and two Americans, Brent Werner and Chris Kerr. Wasps have again turned to Australian speedway manager Neil Street to take charge of the team for 2009 for home meetings. English teenager Kyle Newman has recently been confirmed as the Wasps' number 8 for the 2009 season.

The new speedway season starts on Sunday, March 15 with the Prince of Wales meeting run as a tribute to former Wasps owner Tim Stone, who died last year. Wasps: Craig Watson (starting average 6.89), Mark Lemon (7.41), Brent Werner (5.57), Chris Kerr (6.47), Nick Simmons (4.16), Jordan Frampton (6.33), James Holder (5.22) and Kyle Newman.

NEW WASPS WEB PAGES COMING SOON!

TWO MORE SIGNINGS

Dec 15 - Two new signings have been added to the Newport Wasps team, James Holder, brother of rising Aussie star Chris and Jordan Frampton, late of Somerset Rebels. The Wasps have been linked with a number of other riders including Americans Chris Kerr and Brent Werner. Dec 17 - Werner signing is confirmed, negotiations concerning Kerr are also under way.

NEW SIGNINGS CONFIRMED

Dec 5 - Newport Wasps new promotion have made their first definite signings in preparation for the 2009 campaign. Aussies Craig Watson and Mark Lemon represent a solid start to the new team being built by Nick and Steve Mallett. Both Watson and Lemon have struggled to recapture the form of previous seasons. Following Newport's sudden closure Watson joined Birmingham Brummies ending the season with average of 6.89. 35 year old Lemon achieved an average of 7.41 with Reading Racers. The total assessed team average must be within 42.50 based on figures published last month. Speculation is rife on speedway websites with a number of riders being linked with the team including a couple of American stars.

TRAINING SCHOOL BACK

Dec 4 - Newport Speedway's training school is back from 14th December between 11am and 3pm. Hire bikes are available. Any enquiries about the training please mail training@newportspeedway.org or call Nick on 01633 842584.

RETURN OF SPEEDWAY CONFIRMED

Nov 19 - The return of the Newport Wasps speedway team has now been officially confirmed. The British Speedway Promoters Association has confirmed Newport's participation in the Premier League next season. In a low key announcement on the Newport Wasps Facebook site Nick Mallett of new owner's Mallett Transport stated " Newport will be back after a last-minite takeover. Haulier Steve Mallett has agreed a deal with Tim Stone's estate to revive the Wasps after they were forced out when the former owner died suddenly."

Mallett Transport has successfully sponsored former Newport Aussie ace Craig Watson for a number of years.

RENEWED HOPE FOR WASPS FANS

Nov 12 - According to a number of supporters websites there is renewed hope of a return to speedway at Queensway Meadows next season. Supporters are urged to attend a meeting scheduled for Sunday 30th November at 3pm - venue to be announced shortly.

WASPS BACKERS PULL OUT

Nov 1 - Roger Youngs, the man behind the proposed return of speedway to Queensway Meadows, has pulled out. Youngs blames a huge increase in the rent to be levied by owners Sydney and London Properties. The prospect of speedway returning for the 2009 season has therefore significantly reduced.

BSPA MOVE CLASSIC TO POOLE!

Oct 16 - The BSPA has decided not to run the New Year Classic at Newport in 2009. Instead the meeting will be run at Poole.

SPEEDWAY ON THE WAY BACK?

Oct 9 - The New Year Classic at Newport is set to continue - despite the tragic closure of Newport Speedway in May. According to Speedway Star Ken Wood, the executor of Tim Stone's estate, and Roger Youngs, the man set to be the new owner of the Welsh club after probate is complete, have asked Reading Promoters Mark Legg and Malcolm Holloway to obtain a BSPA Licence to run the annual New Year Classic at the Hayley Stadium on Sunday January 4, 2009.
Youngs will also use the meeting to pay tribute to Stone, with a perpetual trophy in memory of the late Newport promoter going to the winner of the meeting, as well as a substantial cash purse.

Good news for Wasps fans?

July 28 - In what seemed like a welcome piece of good news for Newport Wasps fans reporter Terry Daley announced in the South Wales Argus over the weekend that the Queensway Meadows site is not being offered for sale. However, the freehold owners Sydney and London Properties had already granted a lease for the land to Tim Stone for 99 years. Therefore, the future of the site as determined by Mr. Stone's estate is still not known. The story did not seem to contain any real news other than the following comment "Stone’s step-father, Newport-based Ken Wood, has been known to be involved in talks with the BSPA and it is understood there are still some legal hurdles to clear before the Wasps can again ride at their home track. "

Fans keep the faith

June 12 - Newport fans most ardent fans are keeping the faith by forming their own supporters club. The Newport Wasps supporters club is a way of fans maintaining  contact until  speedway returns to Newport (hopefully next season).  Organiser Tanya Welland said "Our aim is purely to keep the name of Newport Wasps to the fore while we are without speedway action itself." Their next meeting is at the Orb Club in Jenkins Street on Sunday at 3pm. Newport legend Neil Street will be attending to offer his support.
 

End of the road for Wasps?

May 15 - The BSPA has announced this morning that Newport will be unable to fulfil their fixtures for the remainder of the season. The Wasps will albeit temporarily go out of existence until the future ownership of the stadium and lease are resolved. This is a sad end to the the decade of speedway brought to Queensway Meadows by Tim Stone.
 

Deadline extended

May 14 - The British Speedway Promoters Association has issued the following statement  "Newport's  immediate future will become clear by Thursday morning at the latest.  The sad passing of the club owner  Tim Stone has put the club in doubt and the BSPA are desperately trying to gain further information about the legal situatuion. Chairman Peter Toogood said "We naturally want to see Newport continue so we extended the deadline by 24 hours based on the information we received".
 

Uncertain future for Newport Speedway

May 4 - Newport Speedway faces an uncertain future following last week's tragic events. The British Speedway Promoters Association has suspended their fixtures until May 13 to allow time for the speedway world to pay its respects to Tim Stone but also to try and find a way forward for Newport Speedway. The 7.3 acre site of the stadium was leased by Tim Stone from the then Welsh Development Agency for 125 years. It is not known what provision the promoter made in the event of his death. If no provision has been made then the continuation of the lease may be problematic. A five strong Committee has been set up to represent the interests of riders, staff and supporters and is made up as follows - skipper Tony Atkin, track manager Peter Brook, start marshall Ken Petherick, clerk of the course Brian Woodward and club administrator Jayne Morris.

Newport and the speedway world mourn the loss of Tim Stone

Apr 28 - The speedway fraternity and beyond has begun to mourn the loss of Newport speedway owner Tim Stone today. The 55 year old was found dead having suffered a heart attack on his way to the Royal Gwent Hospital to visit his sick mother* on Saturday evening. The official body of British speedway, the BSPA, commented "He is the man who revived the sport in south Wales back in 1997 and he will always be remembered for that. Tim was a very passionate man, he cared deeply about his work and was very protective of Newport Speedway. He is a very sad loss to the sport."

Craig Watson was one of Stone's first signings back for the Wasps and said the team was still trying to come to terms with the news of his death "I still really can't believe it," he said. "Everyone's just in shock. I was one of his first signings and he gave me my first break in British Speedway and I'll always be grateful to him." Tributes have flooded in to speedway websites and on the British Speedway Forum site all the contributors have changed their avatars to the Newports Wasps emblem as a mark of respect.
 

It is not clear whether speedway will resume at Newport in the near future. There may be a pause until the future running and ownership of the club becomes clear. * - Tragically Tim Stone's mother also passed away within 24 hours of her son's death.
 

 

s completes Wasps line up

Mar 7 - Newport Wasps completed their 2008 line up with signing of Reading asset Paul Clews. Clews completed the 2007 season with a late season stint at Newcastle Diamonds. The 28 year old who originally hails from Coventry still lives in the Midlands and favoured the Wasps over other more distant teams in the League. He will  slot in to the Newport middle order and in his press release compared the Newport track favourably with circuits at two of his former clubs, Reading and Stoke.
 

Hart makes it six

Mar 6 - The Lakeside Hammers have arranged for junior Jerran Hart to spend the 2008 season out on loan to the Newport Wasps.The 17-year-old, who was born in Ipswich, is an asset of the Hammers, and has impressed all at the Arena Essex Raceway with his rate of progress over the last year. The deal comes about following long serving Hammers star Leigh Lanham advising him that he should be racing full-time in the Premier League rather than just concentrating on Conference League racing this forthcoming season. Hart comes into the Wasps team on a 3.00 average, with their promoter Tim Stone happy to have him on board. He said: "Jerran is very keen to get going and we feel sure he can do a good job for us at number seven.He's been to our training schools and he has adapted to the track with no problems at all. I've been very impressed with him."

Mroz is latest signing

Feb 20 - Polish rider Marek Mroz is the latest signing for Newport Wasps as a third heat leader (after Watson and Truminski). He will be riding in the pre-season meeting at Telford Ice Rink on February 24. Wasps promoter Tim Stone said: "In the Welsh Open he beat some good riders and nearly demolished the pits gate before walking away with a smile on his face. That made an impression!”

Watson returns home

Feb 12 - In the best news for Newport Wasps in a long time Promoter Tim Stone has announced the return of Australian Craig Watson to the team. Watson will take up the mantle of number 1 rider with a match average of 8.21. He finished the end of the 2007 season with Glasgow Tigers and had been limked to Elite League side Poole Pirates until a possible move fell foul of rider regulations. In a separate development British Grand Prix winner Chris 'Bomber' Harris has confirmed his intention to ride in the Nick Simmonds testimonial meeting on March 16.
 

Now Truminski is added to line up

Feb 8 - Newport Wasps have re-signed Polish rider Sebastian Truminski for the coming season, he will be based in the UK for the season and race on a British licence. His assessed average will be 7.00 as he did not complete sufficient matches to obtain a match average for Newport last season.
 

Simmons added to team

Jan 25 - The Exeter Express and Echo has announced that Nick Simmons has signed for the Wasps and will have a testimonial meeting at Newport on March 16. Last year's Polish star Michal Rajkowski has joined Belle Vue in the Elite League and Chris Schramm has joined Ipswich.
 

Atkin re-signs
 

Jan 18 - Skipper Tony Atkin has signed for Newport Wasps again this year as Promoter Tim Stone dribbles out the signings in an attempt at news management sadly lost on the Wasps' dwindling band of supporters.

 

Harris wins New Year Classic

Jan 7 - As expected Chris Harris won the New Year Classic at Queensway Meadows this afternoon beating Brent Werner in to second place in the final race-off. British Grand Prix champion Harris made light of a difficult surface to comfortably take the final, he scored 14 points in his five qualifying rides only beaten by Richie Hawkins of Somerset in Heat 15.
 

FINAL - Harris, Werner, Lanham, Hawkins 69.34 secs
 

QUALIFYING SCORES
 

1 Adam Roynon 1, 2. 1, 3, R = 7
2 Ricky Ashworth R, 1, 3, X, W = 4
3 Richie Hawkins 1, 3, 1, 2, 3, 10
4 Paul Fry 3, 0, 0, 3. 2 = 8
5 Brent Werner 2, 1, 2, 3, 3 = 11
6 Leigh Lanham 1, 3, 2, 2, 1 = 9
7 Phil Morris 0, 2, 2, 2, 1 =7
8 Lewis Bridger 3, 3, X, N/R, W = 6
9 Marek Mroz 2, R, 0, 0, 1 = 3
10 Marcin Kozdras R, X, 0, 0, 1 =1
11 Krysztof Stojanowski 2, 2, 1, 1, 2 = 8
12 Chris Harris 3, 3, 3, 3, 2 = 14


 

 

 
 


 

 

 

FIXTURES 2009

 

 

 

 

WASPS 2009

 

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Mar 15 Prince of Wales Trophy      
Mar 21 Rye House PT 40 52
Mar 22 SOMERSET   44 46
Mar 27 Somerset   44 46
Mar 29 RYE HOUSE PT 49 41
Apr 1 Birmingham PT 47 43
Apr 5 SCUNTHORPE PT 49 46
Apr 12 KINGS LYNN PT 39 51
Apr 19 STOKE PT 37 55
Apr 22 Kings Lynn PT 31 63
Apr 26 BIRMINGHAM PT 50 40
May 3 SOMERSET PT 46 46
May 4 Scunthorpe PT P  
May 10 OPEN      
May 14 Redcar KO 38 52
May 16 Stoke PT 42 51
May 17 REDCAR KO P  
May 22 Somerset PT 36 56
May 24 WORKINGTON PL 47 43
May 29 Scunthorpe PT 38 52
May 31 BERWICK PL 44 45
Jun 7 REDCAR KO P  
Jun 11 GLASGOW PL 50 40
Jun 13 Workington PL 43 53
Jun 14 Glasgow PL 26 66
JUN 20 SIDECARS      
JUN 21 REDCAR KO 40 50
JUN 28 WELSH OPEN      
Jul 3 Edinburgh PL 41 51
Jul 4 Berwick PL 45 45
Jul 5 RYE HOUSE PL 48 42
Jul 12 EDINBURGH PL 43 47
Jul 16 Sheffield PL P  
Jul 19 BIRMINGHAM PL P  
Jul 26 SHEFFIELD PL P  
Aug 2 KINGS LYNN PL 44 46
Aug 5 Birmingham PL 43 52
Aug 9 BIRMINGHAM PL 41 51
Aug 13 Sheffield PL 34 60
Aug 16 REDCAR PL 49 43
Aug 22 Stoke PL    
Aug 23 SCUNTHORPE PL 44 46
Aug 28 Scunthorpe PL 39 56
Aug 30 SOMERSET PL 44 48
Sep 4 Somerset PL 34 59
Sep 6 STOKE PL 44 44
Sep 9 Kings Lynn PL 33 59
Sep 12 Rye House PL 44 45
Sep 13 NEWCASTLE PL 38 52
Sep 14 Newcastle PL 27 66
Sep 17 Redcar PL 39 52
Sep 19 SHEFFIELD PL 51 41

PTPT -Premier Trophy PL-Premier League KO-Knockout Cup (Home matches in upper case)

HORNETS FIXTURES/RESULTS HERE

PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE here