NEWS Friday 19th February 2021, 4:00pm
What The Fork Monarchs can confirm a change is incoming to the 2021 team as James Sarjeant departs.
At the recent British Speedway Annual General Meeting, a new Rising Star reserve system was launched. This scheme will see all teams track a Rising Star, from a list of up-and-coming British riders, at number 7 in their line up.
What The Fork Monarchs bosses had previously intimated their desire to retain the 2020 line up for the 2021 season. However, with the rule change, a small handful of clubs have been forced into a change.
Monarchs Co-Promoter John Campbell continued, "Our hope and intention was to retain our 2020 team for 2021. The introduction of the Rising Star system means that this will not be possible.
"It has caused great consternation that our team building plans have had to be reshuffled and we have thought deeply about which way to go. It has been a difficult decision but it is with disappointment that James Sarjeant has had to make way.
"This is not the news that James wanted and all at the Club wish James all the very best. We hope that he will find a place with another team this season and we will offer every support to make this possible."
For 2021, Championship teams must include one Rising Star. If this is a 3 star rider or below then the remaining six riders can be built to a 38.00 points limit. If this is a 2 star rider or below then the remaining team can be built to 39.00.
Campbell concluded, "The Club have been analysing the list of riders and I can confirm that we are in advanced talks with a rider that will be our Rising Star. If all goes to plan then I anticipate that we will have an exciting announcement to bring to supporters within the next week or so."
You can read more about the Rising Star system, and see the current list of riders, by clicking here