Sunday December 09, 2018
LUKE Becker, Wolverhampton’s exciting new signing, is the new American champion.

Becker edged a tense three-man run-off after scoring 13-points from his five rides at Perris Raceway in the AMA/FIM North America Speedway Final.

He got the better of Austin Novratil and former Wolves man Ricky Wells to book his place in the Grand Prix qualifying rounds for 2020 – Novratil joins him by finishing runner-up.

Sheffield’s Broc Nicol scored 12, former Scunthorpe and Ipswich man Gino Manzares 10 and ex-Coventry favourite Billy Janniro 6 but sustained an ankle injury.

Wolverhampton owner Chris Van Straaten said: “We’re all delighted for Luke, he had to keep his cool and concentrate to win a run-off and that takes some bottle.

“When we talked to Luke about coming to Wolverhampton he was saying how much he wanted the national title and now he has a path towards the 2020 Grand Prix as he’s in next year’s qualifiers.

“On behalf of everyone at Wolverhampton Speedway I would like to congratulate Luke on a fine achievement and we cannot wait to see him in our colours next season.”

RESULT: Luke Becker 13, Austin Novratil 13, Ricky Wells 13, Broc Nicol 12, Max Ruml 11, Gino Manzares 10, Aaron Fox 8, Colton Hicks 7, Dillon Ruml 7, Billy Janniro 6, Bart Bast 6, Russell Green 6, Tommy Hedden 3, Eddie Castro 2, Blake Borello 2, David Hancock 1.

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