Friday December 22, 2017
The BMR Rockets have announced the first two riders in their assault force for the forthcoming 2018 SGB Premiership…. and in going against convention as is so often the BMR approach, have started the naming process with their two reserves.

The first name on the sheet is the ever-popular Stuart Robson, who will be starting his sixth campaign - and his third straight – in Hertfordshire, having ended last term with a 6.80 average that included no less than 31 bonus points, a clear 10 ahead of Chris Harris at the top of the Rye House pile for that particular statistic.

At sharp contrast, the Rockets’ stalwart will be partnered at reserve by a rider making his first ever official appearances for the club in Max Clegg. The 20 year old has already won league titles with Wolverhampton, Edinburgh and Cradley, and on the solo front famously lifted both the British U-19 and National League Riders’ Championships in the space of less than a week in 2016!

Says Rye House Co-Promoter Steve Jenson, firstly, of Robson’s return: “Robbo is the total team man. He was our top bonus point scorer this last season, and there is a clear reason for that – he is a team player and there is no ego whatsoever. We’re absolutely delighted to have him back again, for what he can do both on a bike and off it.”

The man himself believes that, “2017 was definitely a good year for me, and I feel that I can build on that next season. I’ve got two new bikes for next year, so I have plenty to keep me busy there these next few months. Fitness-wise, I’ve always been pretty much non-stop year-round. I train as often as I can in the gym each week, every week, to keep physically fit, and I do a lot of enduro racing in order to stay bike-fit.

“When you get to a certain age, as you know, you simply can’t afford to stop. You have to keep going in order to stay on top of it!”

Of young Yorkshireman Clegg, meanwhile, Jenson feels that, “Max is a rider with the right attitude, and he will fit in really well with the team spirit we have built at the club. We’ve built the team for 2018 with a 2 point rider at reserve, and we are confident that we have been able to get the best one out there. There will be no pressure on Max; it will be all about settling him in so that he delivers on the potential we know he has.”

Max himself says that “I am super-happy to be joining Rye House for 2018. It’s a brilliant opportunity for myself, and although I am not allowed to say too much until the rest of the side is announced, it is looking to be a good team, and one that I want to help win some silverware.

“I will have riders around me in the pits that I can learn from, and I am already looking forward to having Robbo as my partner at reserve.

“I really picked up in 2016 after a slow start – I was totally away – and it was a bit the same this last season. I struggled initially with bike and confidence issues, but once I got my bikes sorted I got my confidence back up, and I am already hungry for 2018.

“A change of tracks in both the Premiership and Championship will be good for me as well, because it will create fresh challenges. It’s going to be an exciting season – for myself, for the team and for the fans!”

The next two riders in the 2018 BMR Rockets team will be announced at 9am tomorrow morning.