Saturday April 29, 2017
BIRMINGHAM will hand a full debut to British youngster Kyle Roberts in their Bank Holiday Monday home clash with Stoke at Perry Barr (May 1, 3pm).

The 17-year-old replaces Chris Hay who quit the sport unexpectedly earlier this month.

Roberts will slot straight into the No.2 position and believes the club will help him progress as the season goes on.

Said Roberts: "I've been waiting for an opportunity to come along and especially because it's with Birmingham I just jumped at the chance.

"They've helped so many young riders improve over the last couple of years and hopefully they'll do the same with me as well.

"I was a part of Chris Harris' pit team last year and he told me to go for it and only really had good things to say about the club.

"No.2 is a tough place to race at, but each and every race I'll be going out there, giving it my absolute best and I know what I need to do.

"It might take me a couple of meetings to settle down properly, but I've already got some good mates in that team and I know they'll help me every step of the way.

"This is a really big thing for me! I can't thank the club enough and I can't wait to do my first proper meeting for them on Monday."

Meanwhile, Brummies boss Graham Drury said: "After the injury to Danyon (Hume) in the week, I had to do something with the team.

"Kyle is very passionate about his speedway and his attitude both on and off the track has impressed me immensely.

"It will be tough for the lad being in the main body of the team, but there's no pressure on him whatsoever.

"He'll have the guidance of everyone at Birmingham and it will be interesting to see how he develops."

A full preview to Monday's Bank Holiday derby against Stoke will be issued on Sunday.

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