ISLE of Wight speedway promoters, Barry Bishop and Martin Widman, have made the decision to withdraw the Wightlink Warriors and Wizards from speedway's National League and Midland and Southern Development League this year. 

The decision was made after much agonising, when it became clear the new rules being imposed by the BSPL board of directors on to the National League were not right for the Wightlink Warriors in 2021. 

A statement issued on behalf of the pair said: "This is terrible news for everyone associated with the club and for those at Smallbrook Stadium.

"So many volunteers, sponsors, officials and riders have worked tirelessly together to ensure speedway on the Isle of Wight became the multi-award winning family (friendly) experience.

"Martin and Barry want to thank you all for the tremendous support you have given the club since speedway returned to the Island and they look forward to seeing you all again very soon." 

While the decision will mean no league speedway at Smallbrook this year, it does not signal the end of activities, with speedway training starting as soon as the current Covid-19 restrictions allow.