Thursday March 16, 2017
"BRING on Cradley!" That's the message from Birmingham boss Graham Drury after being encouraged by what he saw at the club's Press and Practice event on Wednesday.

The 2017 Surestop Brummies took to the track for the first time ahead of their opening challenge fixture against the Heathens at Perry Barr next Wednesday (March 22, 7.30).

While Drury knows it's going to be a tough test, the Welshman says his riders are keen to open with a win over their rivals.

Said Drury: "Press and Practice is all about giving the riders some track time ahead of the new season and letting them test different set-ups to see what works and what doesn't.

"We already know what we can expect from our returning four riders, but I have to say Tom Bacon, Danyon Hume, Darryl Ritchings and Jack Parkinson-Blackburn all looked extremely fast and I think it's going to be one fascinating battle for the No.1 racejacket this season!

"Chris Hay settled down after a while and by the end of the session he felt a lot more comfortable and looked a lot steadier so I'd say it was very beneficial for him.

"Layne Cupitt always seems to go well at Perry Barr and I've never quite understood why the lad hasn't progressed as he should have done. He enjoys racing our track though and hopefully that will help build his confidence for our away meetings too.

"You have to feel for Kean Dicken. It was his first ever press day, the lad is only 15-years-old and he was buzzing! He gets on the bike, does a practice start, slides off on the first bend and is ruled out of the rest of the session with a shin problem!

"But he'll rest it and he'll be even more eager for that first meeting next Wednesday!

"After the track session, the lads went Go-Karting and for a meal before speaking in front of our supporters for the first time this season.

"It was a great day of team bonding once again and we can't wait to get going next Wednesday now!"

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