By Ryan Guest: The Stoke Easy Rider Potters have confirmed that fans favourite Ben Reade will return for a second consecutive season.
Reade is the third rider to join the Staffordshire side for the 2012 season, with Richie Worrall and Ashley Birks already putting pen to paper.
The 20-year-old won his place in the 2011 side after winning a series of races at last season’s press and practice day.
The Potters quickly tied up their man after an approach from another National League side.
Stoke team manager Malcolm Vaseysaid: “Ben made great strides last season and had a superb end to the year after being dropped.
“We are delighted to welcome him back for a second season and I’m sure he will improve on his average next season.”
Reade was dropped in favour of Tim Nobes towards the back end of last season before winning back his place.
Vasey said: “He had the right attitude and came back stronger and I am sure Ben has a very long future in the sport.”
Talking to StaffsLive, Reade said: “I am over the moon to be back for the Potters in 2012.
“I really enjoyed my racing at Stoke last season, but I think 2012 is going to be a bigger year for me.
“I’d had phone calls from other clubs but I waited until I had the all clear from Stoke that they wanted me back. It wasn’t a hard decision, I snapped it up straight away.
The supporters have taken Reade to their hearts and the 20-year-old admits he appreciates their praise.
“You can’t beat the fans, they have been amazing and stuck by me all year,” he said. “They really boost my confidence on and off track.
“I really couldn’t wish for better supporters.”
Reade joins the Potters on a 3.00 average.