THE inaugural Midland Development League Riders Championship saw three of the current MK Knights squad in action in front of an enthusiastic crowd in Leicester.
Ollie Greenwood and Nick Laurence wore the Knights race jackets – supplied and sponsored by D-Star Racewear – with Shaun Tedham in the colours of his ‘priority team’ Stoke Spitfires for the night.
Greenwood, drawn in the number one race jacket, got the meeting off to a flying start with the first of his four main meeting race wins, his only defeat coming in heat 17 to eventual winner and namesake – but not related – Dan Greenwood of the Mercia Vikings and Dudley Heathens.
Having never previously seen the Leicester track, Laurence battled hard for his six points which included two 2nd place finishes and two 3rds, meaning he narrowly missed out on a semi-final spot.
Tedham, on a track he’s ridden several times this year, got off to a shaky start with 3rd place in his first race, before finishing 2nd in the next and then running last in his third.
A 2nd place finish in heat 13, behind Ollie Greenwood, left him needing a win in heat 19, which he duly achieved – following a re-run – to confirm his place in the semis.
Semi-final one saw Dan Greenwood and Liam Rumsey (Long Eaton) eliminate Long Eaton’s Chris Widman and Tedham.
In semi-final two, Ollie Greenwood eased his way to the front from gate four, leaving Andy Braithwaite (Sheffield) to hold off 15-year-old Max Clegg (Belle Vue Colts) and home track favourite Lee Geary (Long Eaton).
The final, sponsored by former rider Peter Seaton of Buckingham Van Centre, saw Dan Greenwood hit the front from the outside gate, with Ollie in 2nd from gate three.
Dan stretched his lead to take the title, leaving Ollie to hold off Rumsey and Braithwaite to claim the runners-up spot with five wins and two 2nd place finishes from his seven rides.
Meanwhile MK Knights now know the dates of their Midland Development League two-legged Grand Final. They will meet Belle Vue Colts on Wednesday, October 10 and Saturday, October 13 to decide who wins the title.