Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Why It's a Case of Aces High for Hungry Matt ; Bury Biker a Step Closer to Realising Belle Vue Dream, Writes Richard Frost

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Why It's a Case of Aces High for Hungry Matt ; Bury Biker a Step Closer to Realising Belle Vue Dream, Writes Richard Frost

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BIKE mad Bury lad Matt Williamson is keeping a close eye on Belle Vue's projected new speedway stadium. The 20-year-old has won a swathe of moto cross championships since he set off on two wheels before his third birthday.

Now he's made the big switch to speedway and Matt will go in at the grassroots level to ride for Buxton in the National League and Belle Vue Colts in the Midland Development League.

It's basement stuff but the highly ambitious Williamson has only one target as he makes the round of the winter training tracks ahead of embarking on his competitive debut this season.

He said: "One of the big reasons I have come into speedway is because my ultimate dream is to ride for Belle Vue.

Impressive "I'm a Manchester lad and it would be awesome to be a home boy riding for the Aces at the new stadium.

"Buxton promoter Richard Moss offered me a place after watching me practising at Leicester and he told Belle Vue Colts about me. They were more than happy to give me the chance.

"There's no better time to come into speedway with the new stadium coming so it's my long-term plan to ride there in the Belle Vue team.

"I went to watch the final 10 meetings last year when I knew I was coming into speedway so I've watched how top riders tackle the Belle Vue track."

Williamson had never even ridden a speedway bike until last October but he has picked off some notable scalps in open practice races. He is hoping to follow some impressive tyre tracks from moto cross into speedway. Cumbrian Craig Cook is already in the Rentruck Aces side after starting at Buxton while the Worrall twins, Steve and Richie, of St Helens, are also making a big impression after moving from moto cross.

Matt said: "I'm good friends with the Worralls and the Cook family and they told me to have a go at speedway. It had always been in the back of my mind. I'd been a regular spectator at Belle Vue so that had got me fired up as well. …

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