ADAM Roynon says he’s had ‘an awesome time’ racing for Dudley Heathens as he prepares to say farewell to the club at a special night in Stourbridge next Tuesday.
Roynon, who has joined the long list of Heathens legends after his efforts over the past two seasons, will be on stage at the River Rooms, Mill Race Lane, with all proceeds going towards his medical expenses.
The Cumbrian is widely regarded as the unluckiest rider in British Speedway after a long line of injuries, the latest of which was a broken leg and knee when trying to win the league for Dudley against Mildenhall last October.
He will be joined by 2013 Heathens members Ashley Morris and Dan Greenwood as well as legendary former Cradley rider and promoter Colin Pratt.
And the rider himself admits he thought the idea of a benefit night was a joke at first.
He said: “When Nigel (Pearson, Heathens Chairman) mentioned it to me I thought he was having a laugh, I’m not even riding for them next season, but he said ‘it doesn’t matter, you’re becoming a Heathens legend’ and I’ve only been there for two years!
“But I’ve had such an awesome time there, and I’ve always made time for the supporters because they make time for us. It’s just an amazing place to be on a Tuesday night because of the support that everyone gets.
“I hope people come along because I just want to say thanks to all of them, and hopefully we can have a really good night.”
Admission is £3 on the door and there will be a disco provided by Heathens presenter Ian Jones along with a raffle and auction of Roynon merchandise and a 2013 Heathens race jacket.
Heathens, without Roynon, will launch their 2013 season against National League newcomers Coventry.
And the tie has gained added spice with Travel Plus Tours backing the meetings at Brandon on Friday, March 22, and the return leg at Wolverhampton on Tuesday, April 9.
The two rivals will do battle for the Travel Plus Trophy, with Suffolk-based businessman James Easter using the meetings to promote his numerous Grand Prix and World Cup trips.
Nigel Pearson said: “It’s a fantastic way for both Coventry and ourselves to start the season. We are thrilled to have James Easter and Travel Plus on board.
“It now means we are racing for the 2013 Travel Plus Trophy and gives both sets of riders a little edge to go for it.
“I fully expect both meetings to be full of exciting racing and it’s an opportunity for our fans to see our new-look team in action for the first time.”
The team will also be together at a special meet the riders night at Cradley Heath Liberal Club on Friday, March 1.
The event, which includes a disco, raffle and auction is expected to be a complete sellout. Tickets are available from the online club shop at dudleyheathens.co or by calling HSSC on 07766 745681.