Mark Baseby signs for Coventry Storm - The Coventry Observer

7th Aug, 2022

Mark Baseby signs for Coventry Storm

Steve Carpenter 5th Aug, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

STORM have recruited Mark Baseby ahead of a busy National League schedule in August.

Baseby moves to Brandon to replace former skipper Luke Crang, who is taking time out of the sport due to personal reasons.

The 27-year-old previously rode for Storm boss Laurence Rogers at Mildenhall, and although he has been absent from regular National League racing over the last couple of years, he has remained active on the grasstrack and longtrack scene.

Prior to that, he was a member of the League and Cup double-winning team for Bournemouth in 2009, and his younger brother Aaron currently races for Kent.

“We had to get back to having a seven-man team as using rider-replacement was going to put a lot of strain on riders and their machinery especially in double-headers,” said Storm manager Rogers.

“I’ve been looking to get someone near to Luke’s average, but it’s been a nightmare – I’ve spoken to Mark a few times and then when we were down at Eastbourne recently he was asking me if we wanted him, because he was happy to come.

“I know Mark from the past and I feel I’ve always got the best out of him, and that’s one of the things he said when he had options to go elsewhere because there were other clubs after him.

“Mark is coming in on a 5.67 average, but in my opinion he’s easily a seven-and-a-half to eight point rider in this league.

“He just needs some laps to get himself settled in, and he’ll certainly get that with three matches in two days this week!

Baseby will make his Storm debut at Stoke on Saturday and will appear at Brandon for the first time in Sunday’s double header against King’s Lynn and Stoke (2pm start).

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