Nathan riding high after nailing historic speedway double

Natahan Greaves
Natahan Greaves

Teen speedway star Nathan Greaves enjoyed record-breaking success when he became the first rider in history to become double British Youth Speedway Champion.

The Staveley 14-year-old won both the 250cc and 500cc classes after a dramatic season that saw broken fingers, exploding engines and shattered clutches.

He clinched the historic double at Sittingbourne Speedway Track, to become the first rider in history to win two classes in the same year.

But is hasn’t been an easy ride for Nathan, who has had to battle a number of setbacks to lift the double crowns.

In the first meeting of the championship, at Leicester, Nathan broke his thumb in two places, then at Mildenhall the 500cc engine blew and at Scunthorpe the 250cc would not start for the final.

At Sittingbourne in the 250cc class, five wins from five races saw him secure the title with ease.

But the 500cc class was much tougher.

After two rides everything was looking good, with Nathan notching a first and second place.

But in the third heat, his clutch disingtegrated when leading.

There followed a frantic 10-minutes in the pits rebuilding it in time for the fourth and final heat , where he came second, scraping into the final on countback..

The final was a tense affair, which saw Nathan make his move on the second lap to pass rival Adam Ellis on the inside and take the 500 championship.

When Nathan turns 15, in February, he will be able to race in adult divsions and he will be riding in the National League, where nearly all the teams competing have expressed interest in him.