Thursday August 27, 2020
WOLVERHAMPTON owner Chris Van Straaten has revealed how they went agonisingly close to snapping up Sweden’s new sensation.

Oliver Berntzon was a shock qualifier for next year’s Grand Prix series after finishing in the top three of the GP Challenge in Croatia last weekend.

And he almost became a Wolves rider earlier in his career after holding talks with Monmore bosses.

Said Van Straaten: "We never quite managed to pull off the signing, but we gave it a real good go.

"We have a great tradition of Swedish riders at this club with legendary figures like Freddie Lindgren and the Karlsson brothers, plus of course Jacob Thorssell was lined up for this year.

"As a club we offer our sincere congratulations to Oliver on a fine achievement and wish him well for next year's series.

"We have maintained a good relationship with him since our discussions."

Wolverhampton were also thrilled with the outcome of the 250cc category at the British Youth Championship at Leicester on Saturday with club mascot Luke Harrison the winner.

"It was a fine result and we are very proud of Luke's achievement," said Van Straaten. "We wish him well for the remainder of the series."

Meanwhile Wolverhampton club assets and fans favourites Tai Woffinden and Freddie Lindgren launch their 2020 Grand Prix campaign this weekend.

The race for the title will be run over eight rounds at four different venues starting at Wroclaw in Poland on Friday with round two the following night.

Every meeting is live on BT Sport from 6pm.

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