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Crang joins the Monarchs

NEWS Saturday 31st July 2021, 8:00am

by Mike Hunter

What The Fork Monarchs have made a change in their reserve berth and their new Rising Star rider will be Luke Crang, recently returned to action and the scorer of a paid maximum in the National League on his first appearance for around six years!

It's all happened very quickly and Luke says "This is what I wanted to happen, it might have happened a bit quicker than I thought it would but it was what I was aiming for. I'm definitely serious about this.

"I had started with a couple of second halves, since when I have ridden one match and had one rained-off match. I had been aiming for double figures in my comeback match but was obviously pleased to score a maximum."

Luke raced once previously at Armadale and remembers that. "I was there with Berwick, and I enjoyed the track though at that time I was very inexperienced. I'm looking forward to riding up there again, and getting more bike time to feel comfortable – I felt about 40% comfortable last Saturday but that will soon improve."

Luke will not have to wait long to ride alongside his new team mates as Monarchs are at Plymouth on Tuesday and Poole the following night.

He said "Of the Monarchs, I know Richie Worrall and also Nathan Greaves who I have ridden with at Coventry and Cradley. I don't know the others but I'm easy to get along with so I soon will!"

Luke is a cousin of former rider Mark Crang, and rode motocross before taking up Speedway around 2013. He rode at National League level for Coventry Storm in 2014-5 and then stopped.

Explaining that as best he can, he said "Something happened and I made the stupid decision to stop racing. I regretted it and always said – what have I done? It was always my intention to come back and now that I have been given the chance I decided to take it – I'm very serious about this and I'm ready to score plenty of points."

The change means that Joe Lawlor drops out of the side, and while he has struggled to score many points he has shown some good signs and had the occasional effective ride. We have appreciated his enthusiasm and wish him well.

(Luke Crang photo by Taz McDougall)