Scunthorpe speedway trio join the field for David Howe Testimonial on March 24 at Eddie Wright Raceway
Speedway rider David Howe has added three of his team-mates at Scunthorpe to the field for his Testimonial on Sunday, March 24 – Josh Auty, Ashley Birks and Michael Palm Toft.
Both of the English boys owned up to being fans of David even before they were riders themselves.
Josh said: "As long as I’ve been a speedway supporter, David has been a well-respected rider, he’s ridden for his country, been a good performer in the Elite League, so he’s had a really good career. It’s just a shame he wasn’t involved as much as he would have liked to be last year to win the league with Scunthorpe.
"Nonetheless he has been a good servant to Scunthorpe and British Speedway."
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Ashley Birks has been racing in New Zealand but will be back well in time for the big event.
He said: "Obviously I used to watch speedway a lot before I rode, and when I was first riding at Sheffield I looked up to Shane Parker as No. 1. He was the one I asked for information, and last year it was the same thing at Scunthorpe with David. Obviously it was a shame he got injured but he was still at the meetings and he was still the one to ask. He’s a really nice guy and has a really good family.
"I’ve watched the sport for a long time, I used to watch David and Simon Stead in the Under-21s.
From Denmark Michael Palm Toft expressed similar views.
"I think I rode with David for a year and a half, he has been good to me and helping me a lot, with bike setups and getting in the team.
"I definitely enjoyed riding with him, he is a cool rider and a good team mate. Of and on the track he is the same guy. He has been really looking out for me so I am looking forward to riding in his Testimonial."
The meeting at the Eddie Wright Raceway, Scunthorpe, will start at 3pm.
Riders announced so far: Simon Stead (Sheffield & King’s Lynn), Olly Allen (Rye House), Mads Korneliussen (King’s Lynn), Kevin Doolan and Kauko Nieminen (Leicester), Josh Auty, Michael Palm Toft and Ashley Birks (Scunthorpe).