firstname.lastname@example.org (Peter Oakes)
Jason Crump will make his British comeback… a month after his 45th birthday and 11 years since his last domestic race!
The three-time world champion has been waiting patiently to get back on track since agreeing to a shock return to league racing.
And he will finally go to the tapes a week on Saturday as a shock choice to fight for the British championship.
Crump was actually born in Bristol while his father Phil was riding for Newport in the 1975 British League and went to school in Nailsea, but after the family returned home, he opted to represented Australia in international competition, wearing their colours in both the Grand Prix series and the World Cup.
But he has never given up the British passport he was issued as a child and that opened the door to his surprise inclusion in the line-up.
Crump first arrived back in the U.K. in March after signing to ride for Premiership Ipswich but returned home to Queensland when lockdown was first announced.
He came back earlier this summer with his wife Mel and teenage road-racing son Seth who is a regular in a support event for the British Superbike Series.
With league racing called off for the season and professional riders barred from taking part in low-key meetings legend Crump faced going back home without having even one ride.
But he now gets his chance to get back on track and his first UK appearance since the 2012 British Grand Prix and his first at domestic level since Belle Vue’s match against the Witches on September 14, 2009.
Crump will be officially announced in the field on Wednesday and comes in for current title-holder Charles Wright who has turned down the chance to defend his crown.
Wright, 31, said: “Without doubt this has been a very tough decision and it hasn’t been one taken lightly. I am fully committed to the 2021 season and can’t wait.”