Monarchs reinforce their lineup with a third Australian rider

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By Andrea Triunfo

Cameron Heeps will be the third Australian rider for Speedway club ‘Edinburgh Monarchs’ in 2019.

The Monarchs have signed Heeps, who joins the other two Australians Josh Pickering and Justin Sedgmen for the upcoming 2019 season.

Heeps, 23 from Perth in Western Australia, said “I enjoy coming to Edinburgh, it’s a good track, and having the track as a home track I am hoping to make the long journeys worthwhile. I’m based in Ipswich, got a house last year with my girlfriend so it’s going to be long journeys up, I think it’s 8 hours.”

Heeps believes he will have a very competitive motorcycle for next season. “I’ll be using some of last year’s machinery but I’ve got a couple of sponsors who will help me make some changes. If everything works out it will be good for next year.”

Monarchs’ manager John Campbell explains why they decided to sign the Australian rider over an English rider “ If we take on an Englishman, then the chances are that he won’t come because he’s too far away and won’t like the travelling. The good thing about Australians is that [they] neither live in the area of the track or – in Heeps’ situation – travelling eight hours is not a problem.”

Campbell also commented the possible future signings for the Monarchs “From the team of last year the only one that we have got back is Josh Pickering so far. We are talking to riders that were in the team last year, but we haven’t finalized anything yet with them.”

Monarchs’ season is set to start in March 2019.