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Pirates: Dorset lad Kyle Newman backs Poole quest on and off the shale
The 21-year-old Poole-born rider took a sensational leap towards speedway stardom following his last-ditch call-up for Pirates’ 57-36 trouncing of the Brummies in the grand final first leg.
And while the Somerset Rebels star fancies his chances of racing in the second leg, the lifelong Pirates fan has his trip to Perry Barr all mapped out, irrespective of promoter Matt Ford’s decision.
Newman told the Daily Echo: “I would like to think I have a good chance (of featuring at Birmingham). We will have to see what the score is with Micky.
“It is down to Matt. I want to be involved and I am more than willing to step in and help but even if I am not riding, I will probably go and watch. I will be right behind the boys whatever happens.
“Poole is a great club to ride for. I have always supported Pirates and always will, so to ride in a grand final was one of life’s big ambitions ticked off the list. Now we just have to go and win it.”
Monday’s rip-roaring success was a real family affair for the Newmans with Kyle’s father Keith, who briefly appeared for Poole during the late 1980s, joining his son in the pits.
The rookie rider explained: “Speedway and Poole Pirates have always been a big part of my life and who I am. Dad took me to my first meeting when I was 17 weeks old and it has been something I have done week-in, week-out ever since.
“I would struggle to put into words just how proud I felt riding in the final and it was a great night for my dad.
“He has always watched Poole and so has my grandad. It has played a massive part in our lives because we love the sport and we’re proud of our hometown.”
Meanwhile, Newman felt he had done himself justice in speedway’s showpiece, despite being thrown in at the deep end for only his second Pirates appearance in 2013.
He added: “Matt called me the day before the final and it was awesome just to be on standby, but to take part just blew my mind. I had to keep telling myself ‘It’s just another match’, but clearly it wasn’t and that was always in the back of my head.
“My footplate snapped just before the start of the last heat which was a shame because I couldn’t get the control I wanted but I managed to stay calm and was pleased with my performance.”
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