Name Josh Bates
|Role Speedway rider|
British league Sheffield Tigers
|Born 1 February 1996 (age 19)
Barnsley, England (1996-02-01) |
2012–2014 2013 2014 2015 2015 2016 Mildenhall Fen Tigers Scunthorpe Scorpions Leicester Lions Wolverhampton Wolves Sheffield Tigers Coventry Bees
2014 2015 British Under-21 Champion British Under-19 Champion
2012 2012 2012 National League National League KO Cup National League Trophy
Josh Bates (born 1 February 1996) is a British speedway rider.
Born in Barnsley, Bates had never been on any type of motorbike until the beginning of 2010, when he got his first 125cc speedway bike. After a few months of practicing on this he was ready for a 250cc, which he got in June 2010. After a few more months of practice he entered the 2011 250cc British Championship, where he finished 4th overall. As well as competing in the British championship he rode in the amateur summer championship at Scunthorpe which he won and he also competed in the 250cc world championship in Sweden. In January 2012 he started riding a 500cc for the first time, soon after he was offered a team place by the Fen Tigers.
He suffered a broken arm in a crash in August 2012, but made a successful return from injury and helped the Mildenhall Fen Tigers complete the National League "Grand Slam" that year.
In 2013 he was signed by Scunthorpe Scorpions to ride in the Premier League.
In 2014 he won the British Under-21 Championship. He won it for a second time in 2016.