Screen Machine and Lemon added to line-up
PUBLISHED: 10:53 11 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:51 24 May 2010
England international and Belle Vue star Joe Screen is the latest top-line rider who has agreed to ride at Matt Read's farewell speedway meeting at the Oak Tree Arena on Friday, September 22. Screen, like Matt, was a product of the junior grass track cir
England international and Belle Vue star Joe Screen is the latest top-line rider who has agreed to ride at Matt Read's farewell speedway meeting at the Oak Tree Arena on Friday, September 22. Screen, like Matt, was a product of the junior grass track circuit and made his speedway debut in 1989 with Belle Vue. A world Under-21 champion in 1993, Screen also captured the British Under-21 title in 1990 and 1993, as well as the Elite League riders' championship in 1992. Twice a British speedway champion, Screen won the second of his titles in 2004 in bizarre circumstances when he won the final after his three rivals had either fallen or retired from the race. Thirty-three-year-old Screen was granted his own testimonial meeting in 2004 to celebrate a career which has taken in spells at Bradford and Eastbourne, as well as Belle Vue. In addition to the Screen Machine ex-Rebel Mark Lemon has also confirmed his availability to ride in the meeting. Lemon rode alongside Matt for the Rebels in 2003, and was an obvious choice for Matt to include in his meeting. "Lemo and myself quite often rode at Numbers 1 and 2 during that year, and we formed quite a good partnership, even if Mark wasn't quite sure where I was going half the time, mind you, nor was I. "Mark is a class rider and I'm really pleased that he is able turn out at my meeting."After the racing has concluded on the night, there will be an auction of race jackets and other memorabilia, but pride of place will be a specially commissioned crash helmet which has been signed by every rider who has captured the world speedway and world longtrack championships in the last 10 years. "I cannot thank the guys enough who have signed the crash helmet," said Matt. "This is going to be such a unique item for somebody to own, I almost feel like bidding for it myself."Screen and Lemon's confirmation means that a total of 10 riders have now been announced as taking part in what promises to be a great night of speedway action, the final four names to be released over the course of the next two weeks.Confirmed Riders: Simon Stead, Sean Wilson, Davey Watt, Joe Screen, Danny Bird, Chris Neath, Mark Lemon, Magnus Zetterstrom, Glenn Cunningham, Stephan Katt.