The NORA British Ladies Speedway Championship to be staged at the Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde in July and August will benefit from a continental influence with news that Roksana Brzeska is aiming to join the riding order.

Roksana (fondly nicknamed Roks) was born in Poland and moved to the UK aged six with her family. Now 20, she hails from the Sittingbourne area of Kent although currently studying at university in Brighton.

Roks told us, “I always had a passion for two wheels. It started off with BMX, then Jump Bikes and eventually I hopped on a speedway bike for the first time about five years ago and have loved it ever since.

I’m lucky that speedway is very popular around my hometown with a dedicated training track locally. I’ve stuck to the amateur side of racing for the moment, doing things in my own time to see where it takes me. Track racing is fun, and I just want to enjoy each and every lap – just like last year when I came third in the Lydd Speedway 25th Anniversary Championships. That was an amazing climax to an awesome season and Lydd is now definitely my favourite track as it has a great atmosphere and is run by many enthusiastic people. From a riding angle, you really need to have the right technique which is all part of the learning process for me.

Last year also included my first trip to race on the track at the Isle of Wight. Wow. What a track, so big and fast. On that occasion I was representing the Crayford Kestrels who have welcomed me into their club so warmly. Racing on the Island last season was useful, getting to know what to expect when I go back for the Ladies Championship this summer. I think the promoters there have done really well to arrange a special series for the Ladies and I will be doing my very best to get another podium place.

Can I just say that speedway is a sport where you rely heavily on the help and generosity of others. There are always people supporting me along the way so thank you all (you know who you are), and I look forward to seeing everyone back at the track for what will be a really exciting season”.

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