FIM Speedway GP of Croatia – Donji Kraljevec wild card Matej Zagar has completed a blockbuster return to British speedway with Belle Vue.

The Aces moved for the Slovenian star after being denied in their bid to bring Great Britain ace Dan Bewley back to the National Speedway Stadium.

They recruited Jake Allen as a short-term signing, but lost all of their opening four matches in the SGB Premiership League Cup.

Zagar steps into the side in place of Allen, joining forces with Speedway GP regular Max Fricke, Brady Kurtz, Charles Wright, Tom Brennan, Jye Etheridge and Norick Blodorn.

The 39-year-old, who previously raced for Belle Vue from 2013-2016, makes his debut for the club at home to Peterborough on May 2 – two days after his wild-card ride in Croatia.

Team manager Mark Lemon is delighted to have completed his quest to bring in the Ljubljana-born racer. He said: “First of all, we’d like to place on record our thanks to Jake Allen. It has been a tough few weeks for him, but the club is very grateful of his willingness to step in on a temporary basis.

“Our thanks also to all the supporters for their patience while all of the final preparations necessary to sign our final rider were put into place. While it has been a frustrating start to our year, as I have previously commented, we wanted to make sure that we left no stone unturned to find the best rider possible to complete this team.

“A lot of work has gone in behind the scenes to get us to this point and we are delighted to have Matej back with Belle Vue for our 2022 Premiership league campaign.

“The welcome he received from the crowd at the Peter Craven meeting proves what a popular rider he still is in Manchester, and that same night he showed the quality he’s capable of producing. His enthusiasm to return to Belle Vue is very evident and I’m sure supporters will be equally enthusiastic to welcome him back into the team come Monday afternoon.”

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