Speedway: Monarchs ace Cook tastes world series

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Edinburgh Monarchs Premier League ace Craig Cook got his first taste of world championship speedway when he was given two rides in Saturday’s British Grand Prix at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

The 26-year-old Englishman was one of two reserves for the meeting and gained his moment in the spotlight when big home hope Tai Woffinden was taken to hospital with a broken collarbone after crashing in heat 14.

Cook took his place in the rerun and although he jumped the start, he rode round carefully on a track which was deemed dangerous by many of the riders, for a gift point.

Cook then came out for another ride in heat 19 after Andreas Jonsson withdrew.

“It’s never ideal to get a ride at the expense of somebody who gets injured,” said Cook. “But that’s what the reserves are there for, the track surface caused problems for everybody which is why I just rode round sensibly.”

Russian racer Emil Sayfutdinov won the meeting to extend his lead in the GP series.