Saturday 08 April, 2017
STOKE open their 2017 season with the Pride of the Potteries individual meeting at Loomer Road on Sunday at 3pm.

Sixteen riders will battle it out to take the title with all the 2017 Potters taking part and looking to make their mark on the meeting with Potters number one Mitchell Davey being many people’s favourites as he will look to continue where he left off from last season as he romped to his first full maximum while guesting for the club.

There will be plenty of competition for the Potters new signing with skipper Tony Atkin looking to be amongst the points and Luke Priest who returns to the Potters for the new campaign. Former Potters number one Lee Payne will also be looking to stamp his authority on the meeting along with Belle Vue team mate and another former Potter Rob Shuttleworth who has scored well in recent visits to the Chesterton circuit. The Colts also have a third rider in the field in 15-year old Kyle Bickley who has this season stepped up from the youth scene into the National League with the Manchester club and he will be anxious to show what he is capable of having bagged numerous titles at youth level.
Cradley also have a couple of riders in the field headed by Daniel Greenwood who has started the season well along with Joe Lawlor who scored well in his opening couple of meetings but suffered engine issues on Wednesday at Birmingham. League champions Birmingham are also represented by their skipper Darryl Ritchings who has started the new campaign well as has team mate Layne Cupitt who scored paid ten on Wednesday night at Perry Barr with former Potter Chris Hay who linked up with the West Midlands club over the close season. Finally, Paul Burnett who is currently without a team place for the new season completes the line up as he looks to get some laps behind him and is more than capable of scoring points on his day.

Potters promoter Dave Tattum said “It is difficult to pick a winner from the meeting as all of them on their day can turn in a performance. There are the obvious stand outs of course with Mitchell (Davey), Luke (Priest) and of course Tony Atkin from our very own Potters septet along with Lee Payne and Rob Shuttleworth who both ride for Belle Vue Colts and are former Potters riders. Daniel Greenwood has started the season well as has Darryl Ritchings and that is not forgetting all the other riders who are capable of taking points from each other and who knows that could well turn up with an unexpected winner, I really would not like to pick one out as I truly do feel that there are a number of the sixteen that are more than capable of taking the title.”

Rob Shuttleworth (Belle Vue), Darryl Ritchings (Birmingham), Chris Hay (Birmingham), Mitchell Davey (Stoke), Lee Payne Belle Vue, Daniel Greenwood (Cradley), Joe Lawlor (Cradley), Layne Cupitt (Birmingham), Paul Burnett (unattached), David Wallinger (Stoke), Tony Atkin (Stoke), David Speight (Stoke), Ryan Terry-Daley (Stoke), Luke Priest (Stoke), Shaun Tedham (Stoke), Kyle Bickley (Belle Vue)