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First international confirmed for Linddales 2008 Australian Speedway Championships

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Organisers of the 2008 Australian Speedway Championships have confirmed the identity of the first international rider to join the series - and it is former GP man Joe Screen. The ever-popular ex-British Champion is now 34 and says he cannot wait to return to racing in Australian, having become the second confirmed rider for the five-round series - following Chris Holder. Screen said: "I love the bigger Aussie venues, they are great to race on. I‰Ûªm really excited about returning to Australia this off-season. "When I was there previously with the International Speedway Masters Series, I had a great time and won a few meetings. This time around I‰Ûªll certainly be looking to dent some Aussie reputations. "I enjoy having a good time with my racing and putting on a show. I‰Ûªm coming to Australia with a serious racing agenda, but also to enjoy the five events and catch up with friends I‰Ûªve made over my previous visits." A spokesman for series co-ordinators Power Productions commented: "We‰Ûªre delighted to have signed one of the world‰Ûªs most exciting speedway riders and a true showman. Joe understands that pure riding talent isn‰Ûªt enough to keep crowds entertained and that was a deciding factor when pulling together a list of riders to target for this campaign. ‰ÛÏAnother factor was he knows what to expect when coming to Australia. Quite an amount of time is spent traversing the country in oppressive conditions, which many foreign riders over the years have struggled with. Joe has the advantage of knowing what to expect as soon as he reaches Australian soil around Christmas.‰Û

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