Monarchs hero Jozsef Tabaka set for Armadale appearance

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Edinburgh Monarchs’ popular Hungarian star Jozsef Tabaka will make his Armadale track return in Friday’s prestigious Scottish Open speedway Championship.

Tabaka broke his leg after a high-speed collision with Somerset’s Nick Morris last October, an injury which kept him out of Monarchs’ team this season. “When I was offered a place, I couldn’t say no,” said Tabaka. “I have been missing all my Edinburgh friends and it will be good to see everyone again. I’ve not had many races this year but I will do my best.”

Monarchs chairman Alex Harkess said: “We wanted to add something special to the field. And to be honest we could not think of anything more special than bringing Jozsef back.He is such a huge favourite with everyone and I’m sure he’ll get the biggest cheer of the night when he is introduced.”

In other changes to the 16-man field, Rye House rider Jason Garrity will ride at No. 1 in the draw and Newcastle ace Stuart Robson replaces Workington’s Rene Bach, who has returned to Denmark for personal reasons. Monarchs big gun Craig Cook defends the title he won for the first time last year. The meeting starts at 7.15pm.

Monarchs’ Premier League visit to Newcastle Diamonds on Sunday August 10 has been moved back to August 31. This has been agreed to allow Newcastle and Glasgow Tigers to race their KO Cup quarter-final legs on the same day, with the winners facing Monarchs in the semi finals.