SPEEDWAY: Disappointment for Danny King as he suffers semi-final exit in British title defence

PUBLISHED: 07:51 20 June 2017 | UPDATED: 07:51 20 June 2017

Huntingdon speedway rider Danny King. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Huntingdon speedway rider Danny King. Picture: STEVE WALLER

© Copyright Stephen Waller

Danny King declared himself ‘gutted’ after putting up a gallant defence of the British title on Monday night.

The Huntingdon racer reached the semi-final at the National Speedway Stadium, in Manchester, despite riding through the pain of a shoulder injury.

King racked up 10 points from his five qualifying rides before bowing out when finishing at the rear in the semi.

“I’m gutted not to have retained the title, but it wasn’t meant to be” admitted King, who rides for the Leicester and Ipswich clubs.

“It was hard to watch the final and see someone else lift the trophy, but I’ll be doing everything I can to win it back again next year.

“I had the outside gate for the semi-final and there wasn’t a lot I could do from there. I found myself stuck in traffic for most of the race.

“I battled as hard as I could. The injury didn’t help, but I couldn’t use that as an excuse. I didn’t really notice it when I was out on track.”

Belle Vue rider Craig Cook, who had the advantage of racing on his home track, succeeded King as British champion when winning the title for the first time.

More news stories

24 minutes ago

Jonathan Djanogly and Heidi Allen were two of the Conservative MPs who helped defeat the government in last night’s vote for parliament to have a final say on the Brexit deal.

08:16

The “desperate” financial state of Sawtry Village Academy - where the former head was jailed for fraud - is to be discussed by School Standards Minister Nick Gibb in a meeting with North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara and school representatives.

The type of ammunition used by a police firearms unit has been changed following concerns raised by the coroner in the inquest of a man who was shot dead in St Neots.

Yesterday, 13:45

The Huntingdonshire Business Against Crime (HBAC) group is hoping to build on the success of last year’s Christmas crackdown on shoplifting and anti-social behaviour in the district’s towns.

Most read stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter