Kyle Newman (speedway rider)

Kyle Newman (born 14 December 1991)[1] is an English speedway rider.

Kyle Newman
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Born (1991-12-14) 14 December 1991 (age 28)
Poole, Dorset
NationalityEnglish
Websitekylenewmanracing.co.uk
Current club information
British leagueEastbourne Eagles
Career history
2007–2008Weymouth Wildcats
2009Bournemouth Buccaneers
2009-2010Newport Wasps
2010, 2019Birmingham Brummies
2011Cradley Heathens
2011Newcastle Diamonds
2011, 2014–2017Poole Pirates
2012–2013Somerset Rebels
2012Peterborough Panthers
2014–2016Plymouth Devils
2017Ipswich Witches
2017Leicester Lions
2018Lakeside Hammers
2019–Eastbourne Eagles
Individual honours
2010Queensland U-21 State Champion
Team honours
2008Conference League
2009National League
2009National League Knock-out Cup
2011, 2014, 2015Elite League
2011Premier Shield
2012Premier League Cup
2013Premier League
2013Premier League Knock-out Cup
2014, 2015, 2016Elite Shield
2016Premier League Fours

CareerEdit

Born in Poole, the son of former rider Keith Newman, he has ridden for a variety of clubs during a career that began in 2007.[1] After having his first junior race at Somerset in July 2007 Newman was drafted into the Weymouth Wildcats Conference League team for a few meetings as an injury replacement rider, these showed the Weymouth promotion enough to earn him a full team place for 2008 where he quickly became a crowd favourite culminating in the fans voting him their rider of the year on the club's website poll.[1]

Towards the end of the season, Newman made contact with former English racer Marcus Williams from Townsville, Australia, who was looking for a young English rider to sponsor to race in Australia that winter; Here he also made contact with former rider Steve Koppe. Williams and Koppe and a team of people in Queensland helped develop Newman into the racer that he is today, also teaching him to maintain and tune his own engines.

For 2009 Newman was set to rejoin the Wildcats but upon his return to the UK the promotion blocked him from taking up a squad role with Newport Wasps in a higher league to help his development even though this would not affect his role at Weymouth. He was signed by the newly formed Bournemouth Buccaneers,[1] where he improved considerably until a crash in the final month of the season saw him break his left femur badly resulting in having surgery to pin the leg. Unsure if Newman was going to be fit for the 2010 season the Buccaneers management decided to release Newman and he was signed by Newport for their National League team.[1] Halfway through the season, Newman had his first international meeting at Goričan, Croatia in a world Under-21 qualifier, just missing out on qualifying in a run off for sixth place, but this event earned him a place for the rest of the season with the Birmingham Brummies Premier League team.[1]

After winning the Under-21 Queensland State title, and coming fourth in the final round of the Australian national titles Newman returned in 2011 as a squad member for his parent and hometown club Poole Pirates in the Elite League and also signed for Premier League club Newcastle Diamonds.[1][2] It was at Newcastle in October where after being accidentally caught by another rider, as a result of the crash the handlebars punctured a main artery, and it is only due to the quick actions of the track's medical staff and major surgery that night at Newcastle hospital that Newman's life was saved and he has been able to carry on with his career, winning cup and league titles with Premier league team Somerset Rebels in 2012 and 2013, guesting for Poole Pirates in the 2013 Elite league final helping them to the title and achieving his first Elite League race win at Birmingham, and in 2014 being part of the Pirates team that won the Elite title.[1]

In 2014 he returned to the Pirates team after the introduction of 'fast track reserves' a system designed to aid the development of young British riders.[3] It worked out well for Newman who was voted the Pirates rider of the year in a vote on the Bournemouth Echo website. He earned 60% of the vote, in second place Maciej Janowski earned 31% of the vote.[4] After a successful season in 2014 Poole decided to bring Newman back into the team for 2015.[5]

Individually, Newman has regularly competed in individual events in Europe and the UK, winning the Golden Hammer meeting at Wolverhampton in 2012, and twice winning the Belgian Gold Helmet in 2013 and 2014. Newman was also the first English rider to qualify for the European Under-21 final in 2012, a broken shoulder just days before the semi-final in Terenzano hampering his chance to qualify for the finals, and he finished in 11th place. Newman was given the wildcard at the GB round of the World Under-21 Championship at Coventry where he came joint fourth on 10 points which come the end of the season actually placed Newman 18th in the world from just one out of eight rounds.

He rode in the Polish I Liga in 2015 (for Gniezno) and 2016 (for Piła).

Newman was re-signed by Poole as vice captain until he was dropped during the 2017 season, subsequently being signed by Leicester Lions, and also raced for Ipswich Witches in 2017.[6][7] For 2018 he signed with Lions in the SGB Premiership and Lakeside Hammers in the SGB Championship.[8]

HonoursEdit

IndividualEdit

  • Weymouth Young Guns individual winner, 2009
  • Graham Warren memorial trophy, Birmingham, 2010
  • Queensland Under-21 State Champion, 2010
  • Julian Barnett Memorial trophy, Newcastle, 2011
  • Golden Hammer winner, Wolverhampton, 2012
  • Belgium Gold Helmet winner, 2013, 2014
  • Pinjar (Perth, Aus.) International champion, 2014

Club/fan awardsEdit

  • Weymouth Wildcats fans rider of the year, 2008
  • Bournemouth Buccaneers most exciting rider, 2009
  • Plymouth Devils Rider of the year, 2014
  • Poole Pirates Rider of the year, 2014

TeamEdit

  • Conference League champions, 2008 (Weymouth Wildcats)
  • National League champions, 2009 (Bournemouth Buccaneers)
  • National League Knock-out Cup winners, 2009 (Bournemouth Buccaneers)
  • Elite League champions, 2011, 2014, 2015 (Poole Pirates)
  • Premier Shield winners, 2011 (Newcastle Diamonds)
  • Premier League Cup winners, 2012 (Somerset Rebels)
  • Premier League champions, 2013 (Somerset Rebels)
  • Premier League Knock-out Cup winners, 2013 (Somerset Rebels)
  • Elite Shield, 2014, 2015, 2016 (Poole Pirates)
  • Premier League Fours, 2016, (Plymouth Devils)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "2018 Rider Index", speedwaygb.co. Retrieved 31 March 2018
  2. ^ "Newcastle Diamonds sign Kyle Newman and Richie Worrall", BBC, 4 December 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2018
  3. ^ Wadley, Ian (2014) "Speedway: Kyle Newman backs reserve rule", The Argus, 2 January 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2018
  4. ^ "Speedway: Echo readers vote for Kyle Newman as Poole Pirates rider of the year". Bournemouth Echo. 12 November 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Andy (2014) "UPDATED Speedway: Poole Pirates retain Kyle Newman and pick Paul Starke at reserve for 2015", South Wales Argus, 26 November 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2018
  6. ^ "Kyle Newman heading back to Poole Pirates for 2017", Sky Sports, 8 December 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2018
  7. ^ Bacon, Mike (2017) "Ipswich Witches star Kyle Newman happy for final to be ‘business as usual’", East Anglian Daily Times, 26 September 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2018
  8. ^ "Speedway: Lakeside Hammers land Newman", Romford Recorder, 3 December 2017. Retrieved 31 March 2018

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