Dan Bewley

Dan’s remarkable rise to prominence despite his relative lack of racing experience is one of the big stories of World Speedway.

And his story is all the more remarkable given that he suffered severe, multiple injuries in an horrific crash at Workington which brought his 2018 season to an early halt and left him fighting a battle simply to be fit for the following campaign.

Bewley initially came through the Colts ranks at Belle Vue, earning promotion to the senior side in 2017, and there were individual titles in the National League (2017) and the British Under-19 Final in 2018.

It was in the World Under-21 Championship where he truly announced himself on the global stage with a brilliant third place in the second round of the 2018 series at Polish venue Leszno, taking on and beating some of the top riders in that country to mark himself out as a special talent for the future.

The injury may have stalled things briefly, but Bewley made the best possible use of the pandemic-ridden 2020 season, basing himself in Poland and gaining regular Esktraliga outings for Wroclaw.

It was in the third-place play-off against Zielona Gora where Bewley began to make a real impact, using machinery borrowed from the injured Tai Woffinden, and he has moved on to become an integral team member and regular high scorer.

He returned to the UK to finally clinch the British Under-21 title in 2020 at Berwick, and the following year he helped Great Britain to their dramatic FIM Speedway of Nations victory at Belle Vue.

Woffinden had crashed out on Day 1 of the Final meaning it was Bewley and Robert Lambert who were the GB pairing for the crucial closing stages, where they overcame Poland in the Final to secure Gold in scenes of jubilation at the National Speedway Stadium.

Bewley gained further top-line experience by racing in the Speedway Euro Championship, finishing fifth in the series in 2021 to book an automatic return for the following year, although on that occasion the fact that he missed the opening round in Rybnik cost him a place in the top five.

But overall in 2022 Bewley took further strides towards the top of the sport, ticking another box by winning the British Final for the first time, again at Belle Vue, and he also became a full-time Grand Prix rider.

It was a late entry to the series as Bewley was initially one of the stand-by reserves, before the war in Ukraine forced changes to the line-up, and he quickly adapted to racing at the very top level.

Bewley made his first Semi-Final in Round 3 in Prague and repeated that result in Teterow and Gorzow, before things got even better.

In mid-season he hit a rich vein of form, despite a bad crash at Wroclaw in early July, and he pulled off a sensational double triumph, starting by winning the British GP at Cardiff on a night where track conditions were at their toughest – and he followed it up with a win on his home Polish track of Wroclaw in the very next round.

At that time, an overall top three finish looked possible, although as things turned out he had to be content with sixth place, which was still a hugely impressive result for his first season. He was just four points off third, and now firmly established amongst the World’s elite.

There was also a Silver medal in the Speedway of Nations at Vojens, as GB just missed out to Australia in the Final.