Thursday September 17, 2020
Somerset Rebel's 2020 signing Josh Bates is all set to make his first British Final appearance for four seasons.

24 year old Bates becomes the third rider scheduled to race for the 2020 'Cases' Somerset Rebel to be included in the field as he joins Rory Schlein and Ben Barker in the line-up that is nearing completion

A victim of injuries in recent season, Bates last rode a British Final in 2016, registering two third places and two no scores. The following season he was eliminated in his semi-final qualifying round at Sheffield and with most competitors having experienced little or no track racing this season the Barnsley Boy will be hoping to make an impression at Ipswich on Saturday 26th September.

The British Final is the first 'Elite standard' meeting to be held in front of supporters since the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions took effect, but crowd numbers have been drastically limited by the UK Government to a maximum of 1000 and all tickets have been sold. However, speedway fans throughout the world can enjoy all the action live in their living room after the British Speedway Ltd entered into an agreement with live streaming professionals Sports Central for a multi camera production with behind the scenes action and live commentary.
Stream tickets are available from and cost £12.95 with the meeting build-up starting at 7.15 and the first race is 7.45. The stream will go live at 6.30. Registration and email verification will be required before purchase.

Riders announced so far:
Josh Auty (Scunthorpe); Ben Barker (Somerset); Josh Bates (Somerset); Dan Bewley (Belle Vue); Jason Crump (Ipswich); Drew Kemp (Ipswich and Eastbourne); Chris Harris (Peterborough and Birmingham); Lewis Kerr (King's Lynn and Eastbourne); Danny King (Ipswich and Poole); Richard Lawson (Sheffield and Eastbourne); Rory Schlein (Wolverhampton and Somerset); Paul Starke (Kent); Richie Worrall (Edinburgh)

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