Ever since Belle Vue’s Daniel Bewley swapped his motocross bike for a speedway bike last winter, the 17-year old has made unprecedented progress in both his National and Premier League racing.
Having started the year as the Cool Running Colts’ star reserve, in less than six months he has rapidly risen through the ranks to club No.1; a story not so dissimilar to his fellow Cumbrian Craig Cook.
His most recent appearance at the National Speedway Stadium came as no surprise to the crowds, though his 11-point tally likely would’ve been higher had it not been for a most unusual Heat 15.
The Maryport-born youngster was initially excluded from the race after breaching the 2-minute time allowance for reasons centred around a fuel problem, though he was able to take his place off 15m.
But as the tapes went up the mechanical gremlins returned with vengeance, leaving his machine paralysed at the gate and Bewley puzzling over what had happened to cause him yet more bad luck.
On what went wrong, he said: “To be honest I’m still not sure. The bike just stopped at the gate. The engine didn’t seem to be taking in any fuel. I suppose it could’ve been anything but that’s racing.
“There’s no long-term damage. I’ll just need to keep a closer eye on things going forward. It’s a shame it had to happen in Heat 15. I felt I was going good all night but you learn and move on.”
This season alone has been a steep learning curve for young Bewley, but his rapid progression is something he himself puts down to the sheer number of meetings that pack his schedule.
He continued: “I’m someone who likes to keep busy. Since Saturday, I’ve raced at Peterborough and at Wolverhampton for the FAST Golden Hammer. I’ve still got quite a few meetings to go yet too!
“I’ve got a guest booking later this week, then Edinburgh on Friday and on Sunday it’s the National League Fours with Belle Vue. It’s a busy time but I love riding my bike. I’m looking forward to it.
“Since moving up to No.1 in the National League, the racing has been tougher. But I know it’s helping me to develop as a rider, and that in turn is translating into results on the track for both my teams.
“I’ve not done as many home meetings for Belle Vue as I’d like. In fact, before Birmingham I think it was over a month since I was last in Manchester. Still, I’m really enjoying my racing with the club.
“As a team, we’ve been performing well and I think we’ve got a great shot at the Play Offs. It’s a challenging time but I’m sure if we pull together we can achieve the goals we’ve set ourselves.”
Words: Hayley Bromley
Image: Hayley Bromley