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Josh Bates (born 1 February 1996) is a British speedway rider.

Josh Bates
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Born (1996-02-01) 1 February 1996 (age 23)
Barnsley, England
Current club information
British leagueLeicester Lions
Career history
2012–2014Mildenhall Fen Tigers
2013Scunthorpe Scorpions
2014, 2017, 2019–Leicester Lions
2014–2017Sheffield Tigers
2015Wolverhampton Wolves
2015Birmingham Brummies
2016Coventry Bees
Speedway Grand Prix statistics
Podiums0 (0-0-0)
Finalist0 time
Winner0 times
Individual honours
2014, 2016British Under-21 Champion
2015British Under-19 Champion
Team honours
2012National League
2012National League KO Cup
2012National League Trophy
2017SGB Championship


Born in Barnsley, Bates had never been on any type of motorbike until the beginning of 2010, when he got his first 125cc speedway bike. After a few months of practicing on this he was ready for a 250cc, which he got in June 2010. After a few more months of practice he entered the 2011 250cc British Championship, where he finished 4th overall. As well as competing in the British championship he rode in the amateur summer championship at Scunthorpe which he won and he also competed in the 250cc world championship in Sweden. In January 2012 he started riding a 500cc for the first time, soon after he was offered a team place by the Fen Tigers.[1]

He suffered a broken arm in a crash in August 2012,[2] but made a successful return from injury and helped the Mildenhall Fen Tigers complete the National League "Grand Slam" that year.[3]

In 2013 he was signed by Scunthorpe Scorpions to ride in the Premier League.[4]

In 2014 he won the British Under-21 Championship.[5] He won it for a second time in 2016.


  1. ^ "Josh Bates". 1 February 1996. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Speedway: Mildenhall rider Josh Bates has suspected broken arm", BBC, 28 August 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2013
  3. ^ "Mildenhall Fen Tigers celebrate win",, 31 October 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2013
  4. ^ "Bates Gets Scorpions Call",, 7 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013
  5. ^ "Bates Takes U21 Title",, 16 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014