One of my greatest pleasures in speedway will once again be available to me at Arlington next season.
The Eastbourne Eagles have brought Joonas Kylmakorpi back for the 2014 team to form a powerful top three along with Bjarne Pedersen and Cameron Woodward.
Kylmakorpi, who last rode for the Eagles in 2012, is the four-times world long-track champion. I love his style and ability and to my mind it is poetry in motion when Kylmakorpi hits the front and roars round Arlington, mid-track with the left leg trailing. To me, that’s absolute magic.
Co-promoter and Eagles team manager Trevor Geer looks to be building a really strong team this year and I think a powerful top three could be the pattern used by many of the Elite League teams next year.
Kylmakorpi is investing heavily in equipment for 2014 and on being super-fit.
At the moment he is training in Andorra; a small state in the Pyrenees bordered by Spain and France.
Geer said: “Supporters can see we are building a strong team. A spearhead of Bjarne, Joonas and Cam will certainly pack a punch. We have worked hard to bring Joonas in and this is excellent news for the Eagles.”
Geer’s next signing will be crucial. I am sure the name virtually every Eastbourne fan wishes to see in lights is Mikkel Michelsen. If Geer can get this exciting young Dane back at Arlington then – I feel – we will be going places.
Michelsen illuminated the end part of the 2013 season and was an instant hit with the fans who loved the way he could win races from the back. He will come back on a five point average and that will be a “steal” in 2014.
It wouldn’t surprise me if he started pushing for the No 1 spot in the team.
As I reported last week, the two reserves from the Elite League ‘draft’ – Lewis Blackbird and Daniel Halsey – look as though they will be able to do a job, especially if Geer can get them on track before the season starts for some practice days.