Three-times Speedway World Champion, Jason Crump, will make a rare riding appearance at Olympic Park Speedway later this month to celebrate the Speedway career of Sunraysian racer, Mark Lemon who has been granted a farewell meeting on Friday January 30.
Lemon, who has been a servant to the sport for 25-years as both rider and now Australian Speedway Team Manager has been granted a farewell meeting by the Mildura Motorcycle Club to mark the end of his professional racing career which began in Sunraysia.
Lemon, who last competed for domestic club Redcar Bears in the UK in 2014, will race for the last time around Olympic Park at his farewell meeting.
Both Lemon and Crump grew up as friends and would often ride their motorbikes around the Mallee scrub when they were junior speedway competitors.
In their late teens, both headed to Europe to ply their trade as professionals with Crump going on to compete at the highest level, winning three Speedway World Championships.
Crump, who hasn’t ridden at Mildura Speedway since 2009, will don his race suit and cut up some laps on Mildura’s famous shale.
“When Mark asked me to be part of his farewell meeting; I couldn’t decline,” Crump said.
“It’s great that the Motorcycle Club have granted such a good servant to the sport a meeting and I hope he get the great turn-out he deserves.”
“I’m looking forward to returning to Mildura and having another blast around a track for what will hopefully be a top night for Lemo.”
Only recently, Lemon confirmed via his social media pages that newly crowned Australian Solo Speedway Champion, Jason Doyle will take his place in the line-up, as well as Merbein hot prospect, Justin Sedgmen.
Joining them to complete the line-up of Australia’s top three riders will be New South Wales rider and Victorian State Champion, Sam Masters.
Lemon had hoped that Grand Prix Star, Chris Holder would line-up, however, a crash during practice at Undera at the recent Australian Championships and an injury to his wrist leaves the former World Champion an uncertainty to race at this stage.
However, not detracting from a great field already starting to take shape, Lemon said that he was thrilled that fresh out of the Australian Championships he has already lined up Australia’s Top three riders in Doyle, Masters and Sedgmen
“ I am stoked that Jason (Crump) has agreed to don the race suit again and watching him have a skid around Olympic Park will be a real treat.”
“There are a whole host of exciting riders who have also agreed to take part and I look forward to announcing them in the coming weeks.”