CYCLE SPEEDWAY: COVENTRY Sabres skipper Myke Grimes fell just short of a podium spot at the World Cycle Speedway Championship Final.
The Wyken-based racer completed his tour of Australia at Findon Cycle Speedway in Adelaide, where he faced 15 of the world’s best riders to battle it out for the World Championship.
Grimes was handed an early blow when he was drawn at No.9 for the sport’s most prestigious event – known across the sport for being the worst number to be drawn under.
With two grid 4s awaiting, Grimes finished third in his opening ride before picking up a second place in his following ride after getting the better of Josh Brooke and Mateusz Ludwiczak during the first lap.
Defending champion Bartek Grabowski then forced his way past Grimes in heat 11 to dent the IT Technician’s chances of scooping an unlikely win before a last in his fourth ride ended any hopes of title glory.
Incredibly though, despite being on nine points entering the final race, Grimes – with the help of a win in his final ride – finished on 13 points, which meant he left Australia ranked fourth in the world.
The glory went to Australia though as brothers Joel and Cody Chadwick finished first and second in a dramatic run-off which included Grabowski.
The next World Championship series takes place in Poland in summer 2019.