Speedway: Chessell signing completes Potters team-building for new season
THE Stoke Easy Rider Potters have completed their line-up for the 2013 season with the signing of Luke Chessell.
The 22-year-old from Builth Wells rode for Rye House last season, and Stoke have benefited from the Raiders' decision to move from Essex to Sittingbourne in Kent.
Chessell, whose uncle Gary Chessell ride for Stoke in the 1990s, said: "The travel from mid-Wales is not easy at all, and the thought of going all the way to Sittingbourne for home meetings just wasn't viable.
"I spoke to Rye House about it and then contacted other clubs looking for a team place.
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"It looked like I might end up at Coventry at one stage, but that fell through and then Stoke came in with an offer that should work for both them and myself."
Chessell comes in on a 4.59 average, and will join Lee Smart, Kyle Hughes, Luke Priest, Ben Reade, Emerson Jones and Shaun Tedham in Stoke's 2013 National League side.
"Last season was my best in the National League so far, and part of that was down to having a regular team place," added Chessell.
"I'd moved around a bit before then, so it was good to establish myself and work on my game.
"I rode in a few different positions in the team, but most of the time I was at number two.
"That's not an easy team place because you have to go out against the number ones in the first race, and if you get that wrong it can mess with your head. Those are the challenges though, and I'm really looking forward to joining Stoke.
"It's a track I get around reasonably well, and if I can build up some good home form I will be able to take that confidence to the away tracks.
"Gating is one of my better attributes, and it's always easier from the front providing you have the speed and bottle to stay there.
"One of the good things about going to Stoke is that it will free up a lot of travelling time I can use to either work on the bikes or relax.
"Travel is part of the sport, but sitting in a van for a few hours and then having to be physically and mentally sharp is not always easy.
"I'm pleased everything is sorted though. I have ordered a couple of new frame sets. I'll build them up and put the bikes together once the New Year is out of the way, and then it's just a case of getting myself right for the start of the season.
"It's a fresh challenge, but I think it will be a good move for me."
Potters promoter Dave Tattum has promised to help Chessell further develop his talents.
He said: "Luke is a fast starter and we are pleased to have landed his signature.
"He has a good background in the sport and a lot of potential to improve on his average.
"He will certainly get a lot of help from the club to build on his experiences so far.
"I think Luke will be a good addition to the side."