Three-time world speedway champion Jason Crump (pictured) checks in at Armadale 14 years after he was due to make his West Lothian track debut.

The Australian rider agreed to come to Armadale for a special appearance over a decade ago but was ruled out with an injury received at a Grand Prix meeting days earlier.

On Friday, he finally made his bow with the Plymouth Gladiators. He is now 46 years old and is still a regular winner of races in both UK leagues.

His teammate Bjarne Pedersen is three years younger and has not been to Armadale since 2002, but the Danish rider has had a superb season.

The Plymouth side took a ten-point victory over the Monarchs on their own circuit last week, but Monarchs team manager Alex Harkess said: “We expect a home win on Friday. “

He said it would be a pleasure to welcome the Gladiators in their first season back in the championship and they have two distinguished stars in mind. They have lively rescue runners and I expect a good evening of entertainment.


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