Number 7:
Joel Andersson

Date of Birth: 10/04/1996

Age: 22

Birth Place: Hardemo, Sweden

Nationality: Swedish

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2016 Swedish Under-21 Champion Joel Andersson joins the Monarchs as their fifth signing for the 2018 season. He has competed for several seasons in the Swedish Elite League, most recently with Masarna, and he also rides in the Swedish second tier (the Allsvenskan League). He will be coming to Britain for the first time though Monarchs have previously tried to sign him.

He said “I think that was about two years ago, I thought I was too young and didn’t feel ready. Now I need to go to the UK to get experience.

“I’ve been in the Elite League about four years. I will be a reserve for Masarna this year, and in the Allsvenskan League I will race in Norrkoping this year, for Vargarna. I was with Vastervik previously but they won the League and have been promoted. I also have Poland for next year, I am going to race in Krakow. I hope so anyway, in Poland you don’t know!

“Of course I have heard plenty about the Edinburgh Monarchs. I have been speaking to Victor Palovaara who was racing for Glasgow, and I asked him what he thought about Edinburgh. He said it was a really good club.”

Swedish circuits are often wide and long but he feels that Armadale won’t hold too many fears for him. “I like the technical tracks. Norrkoping where I will be racing next year is the smallest track in Sweden I think. I really like the technical stuff because you have to think to be fast on the track.”

That Swedish Under-21 triumph he rates as his best achievement to date. “I think it must be, anyway it is the biggest competition that I have won. I rode in the Swedish Under-21 team but we didn’t qualify for the final.” Having reached 21 he will not be in these competitions in 2018.

He already knows one of his new team mates well. “I know Erik Riss, I raced against him in the Under-21 stuff for a number of years, and he is racing also for Vargarna next season.”

Joel will be active over the rest of the winter prior to arriving in Scotland. “I am going to Australia in two weeks to race speedway there for two months. I will be home in early March and intend to come over as soon as possible after that. I will have two bikes and three engines, and I think my mechanic will be over in February to take them across. I can fly over and put the bikes together.

“I am a little bit nervous and excited now that it is so close. Every time I go to a track in Britain it will be a new one so that is a reason for being a little nervous!”