SWINDON Robins co-promoter Lee Kilby believes backing the British rising stars is the way ahead for speedway in the UK, writes NIGEL PEARSON.

The son of Robins legend, Bob is keeping in touch with developments during the 2021 season with Swindon on the sidelines before their planned return in 2022.

He’s also keen to keep in touch with supporters throughout the season with several Swindon favourites in action.

Kilby said: “The rising stars project is a brilliant work in progress and the success will be seen over the coming years.

“The more young British riders we can expose and enrol on this project the better and the more successful it will prove.

“I want to see us start rebuilding our own assets who will go on to step up from rising stars to established stars and be the headliners of our sport in this country.

“Trust me, having seen plenty of racing at this level over the last few years, there are plenty of talented riders coming through.”

The six remaining Premiership clubs have selected their rising star at the start of a five year project with the possibility of two riders in each team next year.

Boss Alun Rossiter is keen to keep a close watch on the league this year with a view to making his choices next winter.

Belle Vue Aces have signed Tom Brennan, King’s Lynn Stars have announced local rider Ryan Kinsley, and Sheffield Tigers will use Josh Bates.

Meanwhile, Peterborough Panthers have snapped up 17-year-old Jordan Palin, Ipswich Witches have selected Drew Kemp and Wolverhampton Wolves went for late starter Tom Bacon who is 28 this week but has limited professional experience.