Poole challenges young starsPHOTOS

Central Coast rider Taylor Poole showed the next generation of speedway riders at Kurri Kurri on Saturday just what’s needed to compete on the international stage.

Poole took out the first round of the Kurri Kurri Club Championship with a combination ofexcellent gating and speed around the track.

“I’m just riding for fun now, but it’s important that you give the younger riders a benchmark of what they need to be doing if they want to go to the UK and beyond,” Poole, who retired from UK speedway because of injuries, said.

The 23-year-old had signed withScunthorpe Scorpions for 2016 but after the Australian season realised injuries had taken their toll and he couldn’t stand up to the gruelling British racing commitments.

“I basically had a six-point average in the UK, so if the guys are wanting to head over they need to be gating better than me and beating me around the track,” Poole said.

“There are some young riders with a lot of talent, but you really need to be committed and be consistentto take the next step.”

Poole challenges young stars | PHOTOS Taylor Poole in action at Kurri Kurri on Saturday. Photo: PAUL and MICHAEL GALLOWAY

Pelaw Main’s Josh Pickering. Photo: PAUL and MICHAEL GALLOWAY

Cowra Junior Matthew Gilmore. Photo: PAUL and MICHAEL GALLOWAY

Issac Hawes is making a great start to the 250cc category. Photo: PAUL and MICHAEL GALLOWAY

Young Hunter rider Mitchell Cluff heads to Poland in July to qualify for the World Junior 250cc Championships. Photo: MICHAEL HARTSHORN

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