GREAT Britain international Danny King has become Coventry’s Bees fourth confirmed rider for the 2016 Elite League season.
King enjoyed a consistent first year with the Brandon-based club in 2015 having spent much of his previous time in the Elite League with Ipswich, Peterborough and then Birmingham.
He was involved in several important races last season, teaming up with skipper Chris Harris for a memorable match-winning Heat 15 5-1 at Lakeside as well as securing a home win over top-four rivals Swindon with victories in each of the last two races.
And in the first leg of the play-off semi-final against Poole, King salvaged a draw for the Bees with a remarkable Heat 15 effort to overtake both of the Pirates’ top two riders, Chris Holder and Maciej Janowski.
Individually, he finished a best-ever third in the British Final at Wolverhampton, and continued to represent his country in the World Cup.
King joins Harris as a starter in the Bees’ top five for next year, and promoter Mick Horton says he’s delighted to have both top Brits returning in 2016.
Horton said: “We were very eager to bring Danny back, and he really wanted to come back – he’d wanted to ride for Coventry for a few years, and he loved being here.
“What impressed me about Danny last season was the way he learnt the track in terms of the dirt on the outside – I knew he was a racer, but I didn’t think he’d be trying the ‘Bomber’ line!
“Both Danny and Chris were key to our team building plans, and it’s great for us to have them both signed.”
Bees now have four riders confirmed for 2016 with King and Harris joining reserve duo James Sarjeant and Josh Bates, and talks are ongoing to fill the remaining positions.