COVENTRY Cycle Speedway club have confirmed their first signing in preparation for the 2016 Elite League by signing talented Sheffield-based rider, Adam Watson.
Watson joins Coventry on an Elite League licence, which allows riders to race for a higher tier Elite League club but retain affiliation for their original club.
The teenager, based in Manchester, is expected to be the first of a flurry of new riders to be announced by Coventry ahead of the new season – which starts in March.
At six foot, four inches, high, Watson is one of the tallest riders in the sport and comes from a secure background as sister, Laura, won the World Woman’s Final in 2011.
Watson reached the World Junior Final last year and started his racing career at Astley – in Manchester – before switching to Sheffield in 2010.
“I am devoted to reaching the very top in Cycle Speedway, so I must race at the top level,” said Watson.
“When Sheffield withdrew from the Elite League, Coventry was always going to be my first choice – they have quickly become a major club in the sport again.
“I have been to Hearsall Common, but never raced on the track.
“The sweeping bends and wide straights will suit my racing profile perfectly and I can`t wait for my Coventry debut.”
Coventry team manager Lee Marsh said: “We are delighted to have Adam onboard in our new Elite League squad.
“He`s totally committed and is not afraid to get really stuck-in on the all-important first corners in senior racing.”
The first Elite League match at Hearsall Common is expected to be on Sunday (April 3) when Ipswich visit the Godiva city.