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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Modest Morgan: ‘I’m no hero’

Humble Workington Comets owner Laura Morgan has helped save another speedway side, but insisted she’s no hero.

Crisis club Edinburgh are riddled with debt, but Morgan, who ended Keith Denham’s five-year spell as promoter last month, has injected a “substantial amount” to help Monarchs stave off talk of collapse.

Morgan was one of a number of benefactors who helped bail out the Scottish club, and handed over the cash because she has friends at Armadale.

Despite her generous donation, modest Morgan said she didn’t want to be known as the saviour of speedway.

“I have put a lot of money into Workington and Edinburgh, but I’m no hero,” she said.

“It just reflects how passionate I am about the sport, and the Premier League, which is the best division in speedway.

“An ex-boyfriend of mine rode for Edinburgh, and I still have an affinity with the club. There are some super people at Armadale, and when I saw they were struggling, I desperately wanted to help out.”

On the track, Morgan has been working hard with fellow promoters Tony Jackson and her brother Steve Whitehead to secure two more signings for 2013.

Dane Rene Bach agreed to extend his Derwent Park stint on Monday, while Mancunian teenager Kyle Howarth was confirmed as the team’s third signing last night.

Howarth enjoyed a sensational first season with Comets, regularly racking up double-figure scores at reserve, but Morgan confirmed he will start in the main body of the team next term.

“Kyle showed his desire to come back,” said Morgan.

“It’s that kind of determination and commitment you look for, and the supporters deserve a rider who is eager to ride for Workington.

“Kyle fits in well, and will be riding in the main body of the team, which is more difficult than No7, but he has masses of potential, and can handle the step up.”

Howarth joins captain Richard Lawson and Bach as confirmed starters for 2013, and Morgan said she will wait until after the British Speedway Promoters’ Association conference, which starts today, before announcing any more signings.

Morgan will only be attending the conference tomorrow, while fellow promoters Jackson and Whitehead will attend the entire event.

Meanwhile, Roynon has picked up another two awards to add to his already growing collection after being named British Rider of the Year, and National League Rider of the Year, by online radio station Biker FM.

Roynon topped the National League averages for Dudley and produced plenty of eye-catching performances for both Workington, where he increased his average by more than 2.5 points, and his Elite League side Coventry.

Comets rider Kenny Ingalls has also flown back to America where he will continue to recover from the horrific injuries he suffered from a crash in July.

Ingalls broke five bones in his back and snapped his arm in two places when hit by Michael Palm Toft but has returned home for recovery with a view to returning to British racing in 2014.

l Comets end of season presentation, plus pictures – Page 22.

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