Ben Barker agrees return to Redcar Bears

Former Plymouth favourite Ben Barker will be making a long distance commute next season after agreeing a return to Championship side Redcar.

The Cornwall-based rider made a great impression in his first season with the Bears and was a runaway winner of the club’s ‘Rider of the Year’ accolade.

“I’m really pleased to have everything sorted out as I made it clear from halfway through last season that the only place I wanted to make my future at was Redcar,” said Barker.

“The travelling has been really hard but, if you look at it, the Championship is very much a northern league nowadays, so it doesn’t make much difference which club I’m racing for.

“If you are a speedway rider from Cornwall, you know you are going to have to travel!

“The people running Redcar really try to make life as easy as possible and the fans have been great – so welcoming – which makes it all worthwhile.”

Another long distance traveler in 2018 will by Barker’s fellow Cornishman Chris Harris, who will take over as club captain at Glasgow.

The three-time British champion will lead the Tigers in the 2018 SGB Championship campaign, with James Sarjeant also a confirmed starter for a second spell at Ashfield.

Harris said: “When they contacted me to sign for next season they told me they wanted to bring me in because I can’t gate, and they need to be entertained!

“I know there is work going to take place on the track during the winter and if they can create some extra racing lines, it will be fantas- tic. It’s an honour to be joining as captain. When I put that Glasgow racesuit on I’ll be giving it 100 per cent on and off the track. I want to help the club lift that league title. That’s what we’re aiming to do with the team we’re building.”

Sarjeant added: “That year I spent at Glasgow was one of my best sea- sons in speedway so I’m looking for- ward to coming back.”

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