Tigers ace’s gutsy world u21 bid

Josh Bates was pipped in the run-off
Josh Bates was pipped in the run-off
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Josh Bates went agonisingly close to reaching the World Under-21 Final with a gutsy display at Leicester.

Tigers youngster Bates notched nine points from his five rides after suffering a crash in tricky conditions in his opening outing.

He missed out in a run-off for the fourth qualifying spot by just a point after American star Gino Manzares went through with 10.

The meeting was won by Mikkel Bech, one of the favourites for the title, alongside Jacob Thorssell and Lasse Bjerre who scored 12.

Meanwhile last night’s Premier League clash between Workington and Sheffield in Cumbria was rained off.

Tigers have agreed a new date of Thursday May 22 for their Knockout Cup tie at home to Berwick. Scunthorpe visit Owlerton this Thursday in Premier League action.