POLISH prospect Jakub Jamrog has been named as the final piece in the Bees’ 2015 Elite League jigsaw.
The 23-year-old has agreed a deal to move to Brandon just days ahead of the new season.
He will slot into the second-string position originally earmarked for Cameron Woodward before the Australian was ruled out due after breaking his femur following a crash last September.
Most of Jamrog’s league racing last year was spent in his home country with Lodz, for whom he recorded several high scores.
And he has previous experience of the Bees circuit as he raced in the 2013 Brandonapolis individual event.
“We’ve left no stone unturned over this last place,” said Bees promoter Mick Horton.
“We’ve spoken to many riders who aren’t coming back or can’t do it, and we’ve now got to the point where we had to make a decision.
“I’ve talked to several riders who have either ridden with Jakuk or seen him race, and they’ve all said he goes very well in Europe.
“I’ve also spoken to the lad himself this weekend and he is really, really determined and enthusiastic, and is also all set up to race here with equipment, workshop and mechanic.
“Havvy (Gary Havelock) has a good feeling about him, and we feel he is very much worth a shot. We’ve got faith in him and although there’s always a question over Polish riders on small tracks, he has been brought up on small tracks.
“He knows what we’re looking for from him, and all I’d say to people is give the lad a chance, and let’s see what he can do.”
Elsewhere, the club’s National League outfit Storm have named talented teenager Callum Walker as their official No.8 for the new season.
Gloucestershire-based Walker was already on the radar of Storm bosses following his displays in the 2013 British Youth Championship, when he finished runner-up.
Having signed to ride for the Mercia Vikings in the Midland Development League this season, he impressed in practice at Peterborough on Saturday and will now be the Storm’s stand-by rider, and can come in when there are absences in the lower order of the team.
“I saw Callum ride at Newport several years ago and was quite impressed,” said Storm manager Laurence Rogers.
“Unfortunately he blew his engine to pieces at Scunthorpe, but courtesy of City Gearboxes they loaned him an engine to ride at Peterborough.
“It was his first time on a bike for a while so naturally he was a bit tentative at the start but then he got better and better as the session went on, and we feel he very much has the potential and is a kid of 16 who is worth bringing on.”