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Mildenhall Fen Tigers would be ‘perfect fit’ next year says Jason Edwards

Jason Edwards believes a return to the Mildenhall Fen Tigers would be the perfect fit for his 2020 speedway campaign.

After agreeing terms to ride for the Eastbourne Eagles again in the Championship next season, the 17-year-old hopes he can double up those commitments with a second spell in the National League with the West Row-based outfit.

Arriving on a 6.73 average, the Essex-based rider put almost a point on that figure with a string of impressive displays both home and away to end this season with an average of 7.53.

Mildenhall Fen Tigers Press and Practice Day Jason Edwards Picture by Mark Westley. (22670745)
Mildenhall Fen Tigers Press and Practice Day Jason Edwards Picture by Mark Westley. (22670745)

“I loved it more than I thought I would at Mildenhall which is always a bonus at the end of it,” said Edwards. “There is a real family spirit there which is nice to have at the club as certain places don’t have it. I feel I have a little bit more to really crack the Mildenhall track so it would be nice to get back again and continue where I left off.”

Edwards will have a familiar face to Fen Tigers fans joining him at the Eagles next season with the Arlington-based side bringing in this year’s British Under-19 champion Drew Kemp as part of their septet.

He added: “Having Drew in the team is good as we have grown up together and there is that friendly rivalry but hopefully we can all help each other as well.

“To me there was nowhere else in the championship I wanted to go as I’m dead happy there. Every meeting I rode there I felt I got better. I want to continue to make that step up.

“There is a home advantage there over other riders and if I can beat better riders there then hopefully I can take confidence away from it.”

Before turning a wheel competitively in England the teenage rider will pull on the Team GB colours Down Under alongside triple world champion Tai Woffinden and current British champion Charles Wright for two test matches against Australia.

“I’m heading out to Australia on January 3 for three weeks where I will be staying with Matt Marson to do two test matches,” said Edwards.

“Getting to ride in the same team as Tai is amazing and I will be watching him in the pits and how he reacts to it all and try to take it in.

“It will be really cool to put the Team GB kevlars on as part of a team as you can’t buy this sort of experience.”

The Fen Tigers will have to wait to find out who they will be racing against in 2020 after the National League annual meeting was deferred on Tuesday to December 16.

A statement from the club said: “We are unable at this time to really add much to the statement except to reiterate that we are totally committed to racing in a National League in 2020.

“We are in discussions with a team that we feel will excite you and provide great entertainment and hopefully if all goes well on December 16, we will announce the full side before Christmas.”

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