Captain Charles back on a bike
In a behind closed doors practise session at the Media Prima Arena the Agilia Bears captain Charles Wright returned to the shale after over a year without riding a bike. The 2019 British Champion looked smooth and composed during a two hour practise at his home track. The Bears captain who memorably led his team to their first piece of major silverware in remarkably, his last meeting on UK soil was in high spirits ahead of the eagerly anticipated 2021 season.
Wright, who spent a year away from Speedway due to the pandemic had this to say ahead of the campaign. “It was good to be back on a bike after 14 months without riding. I’ve blown a load of cobwebs off and I felt good. I felt really good on the bike and the fitness work I have been doing has paid off. I’ve done a lot during the break I’ve had and I feel it has benefited me in some ways outside of speedway. I’ve bought my first house and I have been working hard during the break.
Charles also discussed the make-up of the squad and how confident he is of the Bears having a fabulous season. “I’m looking forward to seeing all the lads and hopefully things will start to get back to normal soon. I speak to Jitendra Duffill and we have got good plans behind the scenes. Obviously, it was a shame to lose Kasper due to issues surrounding his work permit but if things work out the fans will be really excited about what’s in store for the club.”
Wright, who will be doubling up with his hometown club, the Belle Vue Aces, finished off by discussing his role as captain and how important the role of captaincy is. “Part of the captain’s role is to help progress our young riders’ careers forward. Jitendra chose me for a reason which is to help the younger boys, to help get the best out of them and to help them with their set-ups”
We cannot wait to welcome you all back to the place of pace, the Media Prima Arena, to see our Bears roar again and to see our captain fantastic lead your side to success in 2021!
Interview by Ryan Nassau