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Bears Pot Stoke For Victory

    Redcar Bears finally brought that winning feeling home to Teesside with an emphatic 51-44 point victory over Stoke Potters in the Premier Trophy.   That margin would have been far wider had not Stoke taken a full 8 points when wearing the black’n’white helmet, a lifeline thrown out when sides are 10 points adrift. But Stoke also had to thank guest heat leader Michal Makovsky for amassing an impressive 15 points and in 17 year old Taylor Poole the Potters have ....

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Brummies Give Bears A Bashing

  Redcar Bears got a bit of a mauling last night at home to the well-fancied Birmingham Brummies. That means we have yet to win a home meeting and so are not sitting too clever in the Premier Trophy. We will need to see a big change in direction before the Premier League opens towards the end of the month.   Despite veteran skipper Gary Havelock leading Redcar Bears into an early lead we were quickly pegged back before being overhauled and eventually comfortably beaten by the ....

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Bears Take On Team Tipped For The Top

  The Redcar Bears race the Birmingham Brummies in a Premier Trophy fixture at the South Tees Motor Park off South Bank Road, Middlesbrough this evening with tapes up at 7.30pm   The Brummies are the bookies favourites for the Premier League title this season but the Bears will go into the match with firm words from team manager Brian Havelock about finding more consistency in performance. Plus there was an encouraging display at Scunthorpe on Easter Monday when they went into the ....

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Defeat Snatched Out Of The Jaws Of Victory

  Half way through tonight’s Premier Trophy tie between Redcar Bears and Sheffield Tigers the Bears was completely on top. The Tigers were 10 points in arrears and being mauled by a home team that was completely in command and in control of the situation. Then the wheels fell off and how! A 26-16 winning margin was swallowed hole for the Bears to finish up scrapping in the final heat to prevent the Tigers exacting a humiliating 4 Premier Trophy points haul awarded to a team winning ....

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Bears Face Tigers In Good Friday Meeting

  On the back of a stunning 54-42 away victory in the Premier Trophy at Stoke last Saturday the Redcar Bears face the Sheffield Tigers on Good Friday evening at the South Tees Motorsport Park with tapes up at 7.30pm.   This will be a Premier Trophy fixture and the third scheduled in three consecutive days with the Bears at Birmingham on the Wednesday evening and Sheffield on the Thursday evening hence the change of normal racenight.   The Tigers are spearheaded by the ....

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Diamonds Shade It In Final Heat Decider

    It was an exciting challenge match tonight at Redcar Bears. Sadly the old enemy Newcastle Diamonds just shaded it by the narrowest of margins in the very last heat. It also pains me to say it but they look like being a very useful side this season. Redcar might not be too shabby either.   It was a far more encouraging display this week from Redcar Bears as they build up to the season proper. First home match is Good Friday v Sheffield.   After being soundly ....

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Bears V Newcastle - Local Pride At Stake

  The Redcar Bears warm up for the season ahead by racing a competitive Newcastle Diamonds team on Thursday evening at the South Tees Motorsport Park with tapes up at 7.30pm.   The Diamonds were among the form sides of the 2009 Premier League when they made some changes to racing personnel in mid-season and stormed up the table to finish third. They have managed to retain the bulk of that squad for 2010 and will give the Bears an interesting test both on Thursday evening and away ....

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Bears Mauled In Season Opener

  Redcar Bears were handed out a speedway lesson in the season curtain raiser challenge against Workington Comets. The new Redcar team will have plenty to chew over after a 40-49 reverse to an extremely impressive team from the other end of the A66. But I suppose that is what the challenge is all about. Make your mistakes and learn lessons before the real nitty gritty of cups and league start in earnest.   There was a big, big crowd to welcome back speedway to South Bank last ....

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Bears Season Opener On Thursday

  Speedway racing returns to the South Tees Motorsport Park off South Bank Road, Middlesbrough for the fifth successive season on Thursday March 18th. The Redcar Bears will face the Workington Comets in a challenge match with tapes up at 7.30pm.   For the Bears, Gary Havelock has recovered from the back injuries which curtailed his 2009 campaign and will again captain the side from the number one position. A familiar name will be paired with him in the line-up as popular Czech ....

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Redcar Bears Announce Fixtures

Redcar Bears today announced their fixtures for the forthcoming season and it all starts off with a mouth-watering A66 derby home and away Challenge with Workington Comets. It’s very much a new era for fit-again skipper Gary Havelock’s Bears who present a formidable line-up. It will be life after heat leader Ty Proctor as exciting prospect Maks Gregorik steps into the spotlight.   The 2010 Bears will be: Gary Havelock, Ben Wilson, Maks Gregorik, Emiliano Sanchez, Tomas ....

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Jan Graversen Completes Bears Line-up

  Redcar Speedway have confirmed the signing of Danish rider Jan Graversen to complete their septet for the 2010 campaign which commences at the South Tees Motorsport Park at 7.30pm on Thursday 25th March with a North-East challenge match against the Newcastle Diamonds.   22-year-old Graversen moves to the Teesside club from the Kings Lynn Stars where he was a member of the Norfolk team's treble-winning side. As such he re-acquaints with Emiliano Sanchez who was a team-mate in ....

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Redcar Bears Confirm Six Of Their 2010 Team

    Popular Tomas Suchanek will return to the South Tees Motorsport Park for the 2010 speedway campaign which begins on Thursday March 25th with a match against Newcastle. The Czech Republic international was a member of the 2006 Bears squad that relaunched the sport on Teesside and so will certainly race with confidence at his home circuit.   Tomas will be joined in the new line up by Argentinian Emiliano Sanchez who was the 2009 'Rider of the Year' with the Kings Lynn Stars ....

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Ty Finishes On A High

  Ty Proctor won the oldest trophy in speedway yesterday when he captured the South Tees Silver helmet before announcing his departure from Redcar Bears. The exciting young Aussie has his eye on going to the very top in speedway so it is the Elite League for him. Still, he has left us with some fantastic memories and last night was the silver lining to his Bears career. Oh another thing we could just have found his successor in the talent and excitement stakes because young Slovenian Maks ....

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South Tees Silver Helmet - Tonight

  OLDEST INDIVIDUAL MEETING STAGED AT SOUTH TEES   The sport's oldest and longest-running individual speedway competition which was first held at the Cleveland Park Stadium in 1928 - the South Tees Silver Helmet - is staged again this evening (Thursday) at the South Tees Motorsport Park with tapes up at 7.30pm.   16 riders will compete over 20 heats with every one racing each once over five starts. As was traditional with the World Speedway Final until 1994 - the rider who ....

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Sensational Line-up For Retiring Bear

Giffardsson’s Farewell Tonight at Redcar Bears   Dan Giffard has released the full line up for his Giffardsson’s Farewell benefit meeting at Redcar tonight (Thursday 22nd October), and it looks sensational.   He will have the new Elite League champions Wolverhampton with all their big guns blazing, and top PL men Joe Haines and Lee Complin drafted in at reserve.   In his Redcar Select team, managed by Bears’ captain Gary Havelock, he has concentrated on ....

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Stars Appearing For 'giffardson'

Former World Champion Mark Loram will be the guest of honour at “Giffardsson’s Farewell”, the meeting for Dan Giffard at Redcar on Thursday 22nd October.   Dan said “He has always been my favourite rider.    “Our paths have crossed over the years. When I started he was riding for Poole, and I used to get a bit of advice off him there. He seemed to remember me.    “When I broke my knuckles in 2003 he was riding for Eastbourne, ....

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Karting For A Fiver: Back For Half Term

So successful was this summer break's 'Karting for a Fiver' campaign at the Teesside Autodrome off South Bank Road in Middlesbrough that the promotion is to be repeated for the forthcoming half-term school breaks in the Tees Valley region.   Explained Teesside Karting chief Bob Pope: 'Such was the demand that we felt that those who missed out should get a further opportunity while those who were clamouring for more instruction and track action should have the chance to return and extend ....

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Giffardsson’s Farewell

No speedway tonight after Redcar Bears were defeated by Scunthorpe in the Jack Young Shield but please note a special event coming up at the Motorpark. Dan Giffard will be staging a farewell meeting at Redcar on Thursday 22nd October, called Giffardsson’s Farewell, which will feature a team match between Wolverhampton Wolves and a Redcar Select in which Dan intends to book a few of his high-quality mates.     Wolves will probably have been crowned Elite League winners by then ....

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Bears Take Sting Out Of Scorpions.

  In a thrilling night of cup speedway action Redcar Bears have taken a 6 point lead in the home leg of their Jack Young Shield. The question is will it be enough to defend at Scunny Friday night?   It was always a tall order to defeat the Scunthorpe side that already KO’ed our KO Cup chances this season. But with Ty Proctor raring to go after finishing third in the Premier League Riders championship and new signing Maks Gregoric eager to please Redcar gave it a real go. ....

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New Boy Makes Bears Debut At Crucial Time

    24-year-old Slovenian international Maks Gregoric makes his Bears debut in the home leg of the first round of the Jack Young Shield against the Scunthorpe Scorpions at the South Tees Motorsport Park on Thursday evening at 7.30pm.   Maks replaces Redcar club captain Gary Havelock who will not have recovered from four broken vertebrae wings sustained in a crash during the televised match against Edinburgh at the Motorpark on August 24th. The Bears had been operating the ....

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Chris Kerr Back With The Bears

  With Redcar having not had the best return from the rider replacement rule to cover for the injured Gary Havelock then for the first leg of the Tweed-Tees Trophy against Berwick this (Thursday) evening the Bears management have booked Chris Kerr as a guest. The popular American ex-Bear will also fulfil that role for the second leg at Berwick on the Saturday evening and is partnered with close friend Ty Proctor. Chris was top scorer for his current club Newport at the South Tees ....

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Wasps Add Sting To The Tail

One of Sweden's outstanding young speedway talents will make his British racing debut at the South Tees Motorsport Park on Thursday evening when the Newport Wasps are in town to meet the Redcar Bears in Premier League action.   19-year-old Kim Nilsson has already twice been a medallist in the Under-21 World Team Cup Final for his native country and is in the top five in that age category in Sweden.   After an indifferent season the Newport management are planning ahead for season ....

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Rockets Land At South Tees

    A fascinating mix of rising young talent and the amazing Andrew Silver arrive at the South Tees Motorsport Park off South Bank Road, Middlesbrough on Thursday evening when the Redcar Bears entertain the Rye House Rockets in Premier League speedway action with tapes up at 7.30pm.   Although Robert Mear will be missing through injury and the Rockets are sweating on the fitness of Luke Bowen - both products of the Hertfordshire club's youth development sysyem - teenagers Joe ....

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Bears Aim To Tame Those Tigers

      It's FRIDAY night speedway at the South Tees Motorsport Park this week as the Redcar Bears face the Sheffield Tigers in Premier League action at 7.30pm for the second time in 24 hours. The Bears will contest the away fixture at the Owlerton Stadium in Sheffield on the Thursday evening.   The Bears have been sweating on the fitness of two of their star riders with Ben Wilson and Gary Havelock having been taken to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough after ....

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Sky Thriller For Bears

  It started late after the heavens opened and finished abruptly with captain Havvy going to hospital. In between there was some thrilling racing and a well deserved victory for Redcar Bears.   In the end the final heat couldn’t take place as it was after the Redcar Council curfew but hopefully Sky viewers got their moneys-worth showing just how competitive Premier League speedway can be. Also locally this should be the trigger for even bigger crowds at the Motorsports Park ....

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