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Darrin Treloar and Mick Headland Join Packed Programme At Mark Lemon Farewell Meeting

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Australia's greatest sidecar riders Darrin Treloar and Mick Headland will join a packed programme for the Mark Lemon Farewell meeting, which takes place on Friday, January 30 at Olympic Park Speedway and will celebrate the 25-year speedway career of the Milduran racer.

Sidecar World Champions Darrin Treloar and Mick Headland are the latest riders to be announced for 'Lemo's Last Blast'. Riders already confirmed include the country's current top 6 solo riders, including the recently crowned Australian Champion, Jason Doyle plus Sam Masters, Justin Sedgmen, Max Fricke, Dakota North and Rohan Tungate.

They will be joined by Czech GP star Matej Kus, Mason Campton, Ty Protcor, Brody Waters and Robert Branford. Lemon will also take his place in the line-up in what will be his final race meeting.

The addition of Treloar and Headland take the tally of World Champions from the motorcycle world present at the meeting to three. Former three-times Speedway World Champion, Jason Crump makes a return to Olympic Park Speedway after a 6-year absence and will cut some hot laps around the new Mildura track for his childhood friend's meeting.

In a year that will witness some exciting events heading to Australian shores, ahead of the FIM Under-21 Speedway World Team Cup, which takes place at Olympic Park in October, Lemon, who is also the current Australian Speedway Team Manager was keen to give his 'Young Joeys' some track time ahead of selection.

The U-21 programme for Lemo's Last Blast will feature local racers, Jack Fallon, Cooper Riordan and Jordan Stewart plus Moto3 GP rider, Arthur Sissis from South Australia. They will be joined by, Peter Karger, son of former Danish Grand Prix rider and renowned engine tuner, Brian Karger.

The meeting will also be the final opportunity to watch Grand Prix debutant, Jason Doyle on track before the inaugural staging of the Australian Grand Prix at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on October 24. On the night, attendees will also have the opportunity to win tickets to the Grand Prix as well as signed collectable items from the world of Motorsport. A Mil Chill remote control eksy is also up for grabs for holders of an entry ticket.

"I'm thrilled to have been granted this meeting and am grateful to the Motorcycle Club." Lemon said Speaking ahead of the meeting. "In the short space of time we've had to organise the event, I'm stoked at the line-up that I've managed to pull together to celebrate my 25-year career and retirement and thank all the guys for making the journey to race. I'm really grateful all local business and individuals who have come forward to support the meeting and without their support I'd not have been able to draw such a great line-up for my final meeting.

"I hope plenty can join me for my final race around the Mildura track and make it a night to remember."

Lemon's 25-year career began with a love of speedway as a junior at the club at the tender age of 13. Like many young speedway riders, Lemon had ambitions of racing overseas and at the age of 17, left his hometown of Merbein with local Speedway legend, Phil Crump to investigate a Speedway career overseas.

The following year, in 1991, he signed for the Middleborough Bears in England's North East, maintaining a 6-point average in his first season in the UK. He returned to the 'Bears' in the North East last year for what was to become his final season and competed in his final domestic league meeting back in September for the Premier League club.

On the night, gates open at 5pm. A junior meeting will precede the main event, which gets underway at 7.30pm. Adults cost $25 (accompanied children free). Unaccompanied children aged 12-16, $15. Patrons are reminded that there is plenty of free grandstand seating available. People can also bring a blanket or chair and use the grassy banks for viewing.

For further information, contact Mark Lemon on 0476 430535 or email Mark.Lemon@live.co.uk

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