HITMEN RE-SHAPE THE TEAM

Monday May 22, 2017
Buxton have acted to halt their poor start to the season by redeclaring their team and adding reigning British under-19 champion Max Clegg and former Cradley team mate Ben Basford to their ranks.

Clegg is also the current National League Riders Champion and signifies the Hitmen’s intent to resurrect their season.

Both riders are set to make their Hitmen debut in Wednesday’s visit to Birmingham and manager Jason Pipe couldn’t hide his delight at the new signings

‘I'm absolutely over the moon with the signing of Max Clegg. It's one that has probably come as a big shock to many people! Once it was established that Max could come back in to the NL, we began talks, did a deal in no time at all and I'm so looking forward to welcoming Max in to our side from Wednesday, when we travel to Birmingham. This will certainly now make us more competitive and hopefully now stop those big heavy defeats we've been on the receiving end of! Heats 13 and 15 are certainly going to be more interesting for us now! Max has always showed his liking for the Buxton circuit and I personally have never seen any other rider go around Buxton as fast and as well as Max does. When any rider has ever said to me he doesn't like the Buxton track or he can't ride it, I've always said to them, try telling Max Clegg that, because he loves the place! Max coming into the Buxton team will not only make us more competitive, but he will also be able to help the other riders in the team as well and by just having Max in the side, it will give the other riders a big boost and them also wanting to give that little bit more! Max will start off in the number one spot, as he comes in on his 2016 final NL average of 10.08, which he got racing for Cradley last season.’

Pipe was keen to thank Basford too.

‘Not only do we welcome Max in to our new declared 1-7 line up, we also welcome Ben Basford, the older brother of Carl. By bringing Max in to the side we also needed to bring in a 3.00 pointer or someone up to a 4.08 average. I spoke to Ben about coming in and helping us out and he will initially do 4 meetings for the Hitmen, starting at Birmingham on Wednesday and we will review the situation after that. The club would like to express their thanks to Chris Van Straaten, who owns the contracts of both Max and Ben and also to the Edinburgh Promotion, who Max races for in the Championship, for allowing Max to come to Buxton and race for us and finally, to Peter Morrish, the league coordinator, for his understanding of our predicament we found ourselves in.’

Buxton are next in action at Perry Barr Birmingham this Wednesday in a rearranged National League Fixture