Two of this year’s Eastbourne Speedway team will be keener than most to get into action on the Arlington track.
Czech Republic rider Lukas Dryml will be keen to regain racing fitness again after suffering a broken leg half-way through last year’s campaign.
And new boy Denis Gizatullin will want to learn the quickest way round the tight Sussex circuit.
Co-promoter and team manager Trevor Geer said, “Lukas is fit. He has been ski-ing and has spent some time soaking up the sun in Thailand and training while out there.
“We expect him in England on the Monday before our Press and Practice Day on March 17 and he is looking forward to getting back on track.
“He certainly is up for the new season and I’ve no worries about him.”
Geer said Gizatullin was expected in England around the same time and would have time to find the best lines around what will be his home track and the right set-ups for the bikes.
He confirmed the visa process was going through as expected.
Eastbourne’s hopes of taking part in this year’s European “cup” competition have been dashed after it was learned at the weekend that certain matters regarding the competition would not be resolved in time for this coming season.
Eagles’ co-promoter Mike Bellerby said: “Obviously, it is very disappointing. It is beyond our control and there is nothing we can do about it.
“The draw for the domestic KO Cup has been made and finalised so there is no chance for us to enter that competition this year.”