Swedish International Jonas Davidsson is ready to answer an SOS from the Club and return to the line-up as a stand in should Polish rider Piotr Swiderski’s Start Permission problems continue this week.
Davidsson has set out his season to race away from the UK and concentrate of both Swedish and Polish leagues, but with his homeland season not starting until late in April, he has made himself available to fill in for his Polish replacement for the time being whilst the row between the PZM and FIM rumbles on regarding the new silencers.
Swiderski returned home after Press and Practice Day and is currently hoping to gain permission to return to the UK in time for Friday’s big home Sky Sports Elite League opening match against Wolverhampton.
The Hammers Co Promoter Jon Cook explained: “Piotr is being denied the right to work here in the UK by the PZM although four of his fellow countrymen are free to do so. Quite apart from the morals of the situation, the facts are Piotr’s Polish club gave their ok for Start Permission in February and the BSPA asked in the same month plus he applied for his International Licence at the same time so there’s absolutely no reason for him being held back.
“What really annoys me is that myself and Ronnie Russell of Swindon have been the most vociferous of opponents at BSPA level to the introduction of the new silencers, although I have to say that I found them better than I feared, yet it is our two clubs that are the only ones on the wrong end of all this.”
On the possible return of Davidsson Cook said: “JD’s heart is still very much with Lakeside and he is happy to come over and help out if needed, I am grateful to him and I am sure that Jonas will be an excellent short term solution. That said he has built his season around other commitments and we have built ours around having Piotr in our team and that is still clearly our intention once this stupid situation gets sorted out.”
The next home meeting for the Hammers is on Friday 1st April when the Wolverhampton Wolves visit for the Essex based Club’s opening Sky Sports Elite League match of the season.
Picture: Jonas Davidsson in 2010 Hammers colours (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)