THE MK Knights made a winning return to competitive speedway when they won 22-13 at Scunthorpe – signalling the start of a new era for the city’s team.
On May 26, 1992, Knights were beaten at home by Peterborough in a “Gold Cup” clash in what turned out to be the club’s last speedway meeting in Milton Keynes.
But now, 20 years later, the MK ‘Alpine Cooling’ Knights – to give them their full official title – have returned to action in the new Midland Development League.
Having ridden just two junior challenge matches in 2011 at Mildenhall and Rye House, entry into the MDL is a significant step forward for the new-look Knights who will race their ‘home’ matches at the Rye House Speedway track in Hoddesdon.
Professional speedway is an incredibly difficult – and expensive – sport for riders to break into and the step from ‘amateur’ racing to the official third tier of the sport is massive.
Including MK, the MDL consists of eight teams – Belle Vue Colts, Halifax Dukes, Sheffield Cubs, Stoke Spitfires, Mercia Vikings (Coventry), Long Eaton Invaders and Scunthorpe Staggs – who Knights beat in their opening match.
Meetings involve four-rider teams and are run over six races.
For more information on the Knights visit www.mkknightsspeedway.co.uk