By Henry Chard

The Ipswich ‘Tru Mix’ Witches are pleased to welcome Adam Ellis to the club for the 2024 season.

Ellis spent time at Foxhall in 2013 and 2014 at the start of his career when he rode with current team manager Ritchie Hawkins, and he says he is pleased to be back in Suffolk.

“I spoke with Ritchie a few weeks before the season ended, and I didn’t really speak to him again until a few weeks after,” said Ellis. “I had a few options, but I am looking forward to going back to Ipswich and I said to most of the guys if I was going to ride in England, I probably wanted to race in Ipswich because I know how Ritchie and Chris (Louis) work. The track can suit me pretty good, and I am looking forward to it.”

The 27-year-old endured a difficult 2023 campaign but is looking forward to working with a management team he knows well at Ipswich.  

“2023 wasn’t very good! It was tough in England, but it has been and gone now and there is not a lot I can do about that, so I am just putting it behind me.

“It was important knowing that Ritchie and Chris are two guys that are good to work with. I get on well with them and they tell you what they think, they don’t beat around the bush, but they are not rude about it. I know what I am stepping into and that helps a lot. Some of the guys racing there this year told me it was the best run club they have been involved with over the last few years, so it wasn’t a difficult decision.”

The 2021 British champion has been taking a break from speedway since the season finished but is looking forward to a fresh start next year.

“Over the next month or so I will start to set targets, but the season only finished a few weeks ago and I have been doing everything but think about speedway! I want to improve on the continent and in England from where I was in 2022. There will be a lot going on, but I am looking forward to starting afresh.”

Ellis will be travelling to Australia this winter before returning to France for more time on the bike ahead of the new campaign.

“I’m still doing a bit of riding until the end of November, and I have been in Spain doing a bit of motocross. I will try and do some at home as well and then I am going away on holiday for about a month and then I will go to Australia to do a few meetings and then it is back to France.

“It all kicks off in France at the beginning of February, we practice and there will be some French league meetings, there is not really a lot of time off the bike. Last winter made a big difference, I felt a lot better this year than previous years when you don’t ride for six months, especially at the start of the season. I’m trying to mix some pleasure in with riding.”