Benji Compton

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Benji Compton
Born (1986-09-17) 17 September 1986 (age 30)
Tenerife, Spain
Nationality  Spain,  United Kingdom
Current club information
British league Kent Kings
Career history
2004 Buxton Hitmen
2005, 2008 Scunthorpe Scorpions
2006 Sheffield Tigers
2007 Berwick Bandits
2007 King's Lynn Stars
2008, 2009 Redcar Bears
2009 Piła (POL)
2013 Kent Kings
Individual honours
2008 Conference League Riders
Team honours
2007 Premier Trophy Winner

Benjamin Mark "Benji" Compton (born 17 September 1986 in Playa de las Américas, Tenerife)[1] is a Spanish-British motorcycle speedway rider.

Career[edit]

Compton has ridden for Buxton Hitmen in 2004, Scunthorpe Scorpions in 2005, Sheffield Tigers in 2006 as well as Berwick Bandits and King's Lynn Stars in 2007. He won the Premier Trophy in 2007 while riding for King's Lynn.[2]

His parent club is Sheffield Tigers who in 2008 granted him permission to ride for Scunthorpe Scorpions who had moved up to the Premier League from the Conference League. Compton had ridden for Scunthorpe in the Conference League from 2005 to 2007. In May 2008, however, it was revealed that Compton would be leaving Scunthorpe as part of team strengthening.[3] Compton subsequently rode for the Redcar Bears for the remainder of the season. In September 2008, Compton won the Conference League Riders' Championship at Rye House with a 14 point tally.[4]

Compton is the first speedway rider with Spanish citizenship to have signed a contract with a Polish club (Polonia Piła for the 2009 season).[5] In August 2009, he joined National League team, the Weymouth Wildcats.

Compton took some time out from speedway to concentrate on his budding career in hairdressing, but returned in 2013 with Kent Kings in the National League.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Compton was born in Playa de las Américas, Tenerife, Spain. When he was four years old, his family was moved to Great Britain. He now lives in Bradford, England and has two citizenships; Spanish and British.[5] Compton is the younger brother of former Sheffield Tigers captain Andre Compton.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oakes, Peter (2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-81-6. 
  2. ^ Bamford, Robert (2007-03-01). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2007. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-4250-3. 
  3. ^ "Scunthorpe Speedway: Compton leaves as Scorpions set to strengthen". WorldSpeedway.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  4. ^ "Compton takes Conference title". British Speedway Promoters' Association. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  5. ^ a b "Hiszpan w polskiej lidze" (in Polish). SportoweFakty.pl. 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  6. ^ "Kings Call for Compton", speedwaygb.co, 16 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013