AFTER a gap of nearly 20 years, the Milton Keynes Knights are preparing to return to the speedway world in 2011.
With no home venue of their own since the closure of Elfield Park back in 1992, the officially named MK Alpine Cooling Knights will return to track action against Mildenhall Fen Tigers Academy on August 14.
Former rider Chris Strong has taken on the role of team manager and will be using a pool of seven talented British juniors looking to take their first steps in racing.
“Since the closure of Elfield Park in 1992, speedway in the UK has seen a resurgence in interest with British Elite League, the Speedway Grand Prix series and the World Team Cup shown live on SKY Sports,” said team organiser Richard Ward.
“While we haven’t got a track we can call our home in the area, there’s a fan base out there covering the local area crying out for a team they can call their own.”
“Initially we’ll compete at amateur level but of course our long-term aim is to find a new home track and return professional speedway to the area.”
The Knights’ meeting with the Mildenhall Academy will follow the Suffolk side’s senior National League fixture against Stoke, and will feature two four-man teams competing over six races. And further fixtures have been pencilled in for September.
Ward added: “Our thanks go out to Alpine Cooling whose involvement as main team sponsor for 2011-12 has helped get us back on track sooner than we thought.
“And also to Dare 2 Ware who are helping with official team merchandise, profits from which will go back into the supporters group for event funding and equipment.”