Speedway: Mildenhall rider Josh Bates has suspected broken arm


Mildenhall Fen Tigers rider Josh Bates could miss the rest of the season after suffering a suspected broken arm.

The 16-year-old was hurt in a crash during heat 12 of the team's 55-39 Knockout Cup semi-final first leg win over Stoke Potters on Monday.

Co-promoter Michael Lee told BBC Radio Suffolk: "He turned it over backwards at the start, he didn't get away and the bike came back on top of him.

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Bates injury will hit Tigers - Lee

"It's very frustrating because Josh has done so well for us this year."

But there was better news for Tigers skipper Lewis Blackbird, 25, who was fortunate to escape with no more than a sore wrist, cuts and bruises after an incident in the final heat which saw him thrown off his machine.

"It was a really big crash, he actually somersaulted along the top of the safety fence," continued Lee.

"It was just a racing incident, four people coming off the first corner all got bunched together and unfortunately Lewis came off worst.

"It was a nasty incident - he's got a lot of lacerations on the back of his hand where he caught it on the handlebars and the safety fence," said Lee.

Despite the crash, the Tigers hope Blackbird might be able to ride in Thursday's meeting against the Isle of Wight Islanders.

Meanwhile, the second leg of their Knockout Cup semi-final will take place on 15 September.

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