British champion King already preparing for new season, despite wait for Bees’ news

Danny King, already signed up for the Witches in 2017 but still awaiting a Premiership berth

Danny King, already signed up for the Witches in 2017 but still awaiting a Premiership berth - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

British champion Danny King admits it’s proving a frustrating time for him and other riders, as they await news on whether they have a Premiership place in 2017.

King, who is already assured of a berth in the Championship with Ipswich Witches this year, will again be looking to ‘double up’ in the Premiership.

But with Coventry Bees’ participation in 2017 still to be confirmed King, who rode for the Bees in 2015 and last year, is no further forward in knowing his plans.

“It is frustrating,” he said.

“It is a bit of a worry too. I’m sure I’ll end up riding for two teams in Britain, but it’s nearly February now and the season starts in two months.

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“I know there are things to sort out, but as a rider you need to get prepared.

“In saying that, that is just what I’m doing and I’m building bikes as we speak.”

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King enjoyed a cracking 2016 and will look to kick-on this year.

Ipswich have been given priority to use him should King have any clashes if, as expected, he rides in the Championship, but the Peterborough-based man doesn’t see that as too much of an issue.

“Ipswich were right to ask to have me and Rory (Schlein) as priority riders as our ‘doubling-up’ hasn’t been confirmed,” King said.

“And I think Chris (Louis) has gone out of his way to make sure the Witches hardly clash with any club I or Rory may end up riding for in the Championship.

The fixtures for the new season, released this week, see the Witches race Sheffield at Foxhall on their opening night, March 25.

It’s a tough-looking fixture for the Suffolk side as King acknowledges.

“I think Sheffield are one of the teams who will be up there this season,” he said.

“Workington, Redcar and ourselves all look strong to me. While the likes of Peterborough are always good.

“So, having Sheffield as an opening fixture is a tough one for us.”

The Witches have press and practice day on March 20, before another practice afternoon on March 22.

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