Speedway star Craig Cook cleared to race after appealing against ban for astonishing mass brawl

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    BRIT speedway star Craig Cook starred in King’s Lynn’s vital 54-36 win against Wolverhampton in Norfolk.

    Cook, 32, was told he can continue racing prior after appealing a 12-day suspension handed out by the Speedway Control Bureau following a mass brawl between riders and track staff at Eastbourne earlier this month.

    Craig Cook has been hit with a 12-day ban after sparking a mass brawl
    Cook has been hit with a ban for his part in a mass brawl
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    Cook collided with a track steward, before shoulder barging him

    Speaking prior to Thursday’s Premiership clash, King’s Lynn co-promoter Dale Allitt said: “We are naturally pleased Craig has the opportunity to ride and then defend himself properly at a later date.

    “The appeal has been carefully pieced together and accepted by the Speedway Control, Bureau and we will support our rider, as will his Championship club Glasgow.”

    In a video seen on Facebook, Cook can be seen coasting around the corner as a steward waves a red flag – calling the riders back to the pits.

    But as Cook rounds the corner, the steward walks towards the rider, getting in his way causing a collision.

    A furious Cook then shoulder barges the steward, before officials intervene.

    INTIMIDATING ATMOSPHERE

    The incident on August 3 sparked a mass melee on the track, with riders and track officials all getting involved.

    Cook was hit with the ban after being deemed by the Speedway Control Bureau to have breached Speedway Regulation 3.2.8 which prevents “Any act which is violent, threatening or abusive nature to any official, rider or any other person.”

    Former Grand Prix rider Cook had his say on the scuffle, suggesting he was reacting to the “intimidating atmosphere” at the Sussex circuit.

    Last week, Cook admitted: “I wasn’t happy with track conditions and there was a very intimidating atmosphere.


    “Anyone that was there knows what subsequently ensued.

    “For the part I played in that I sincerely apologise.

    “I understand that I am in the very privileged position of representing my country and the clubs I ride for, doing the job I love.”

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