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Monarchs aim to honour Gray with silverware.

Byline: Phil Lanning No.1 FOR SPEEDWAY

EDINBURGH star Sam Masters has revealed the Monarchs are desperate to win silverware this season to help honour the memory of director Brian Gray, who sadly passed away last week.

Gray, affectionately known as Uncle B, was more than just a director of the Armadale club, he was part of the Monarchs' heart and soul.

He is recognised as a key factor in Edinburgh's dominance of the Premier League since the turn of the Millennium, while he injected a large amount of money into the club when they were struggling financially three years ago.

Aussie Masters, just back from a broken hand injury, summed up the wave of emotion engulfing the Monarchs after Gray's sudden death last week.

He said: "It's a massive blow to lose such a great guy. As far as I'm aware Edinburgh Speedway may not be here today if it wasn't for him.

"It has devastated all of us. It's never easy to deal with someone passing but especially when it's so sudden.

"Uncle B was always the friendly face around the place. He was the face of the club to the fans and no matter how things were going, he was always smiling.

"There's no doubt the riders want to win a trophy this season even more now and dedicate it to Brian.

"We didn't need extra motivation but we now have that incentive."

Masters is back fighting fit after he broke his hand when he was unable to avoid a fallen rider at Leicester in July. The return of the Aussie ace means the Monarchs squad is now back at full strength as the season begins to heat up.

Edinburgh, who face Newcastle in the semi-finals of the KO Cup at Armadale tonight, have also secured top spot in the Premier League for the second year in a row.

That's some feat when you consider they finished the season with the same seven riders who started it.

Masters added: "Every match is a cup final for us now.

"My hand is fine now, I don't really think about it when I'm racing.

"It's getting stronger and stronger every day. It hurts a bit after each meeting but I'm just happy to be back racing after a long lay-off, that was really tough.

"We're in a good place as a team.

"We're finding form and we've had the experience of getting the right results at this time of the season.

"Now we have an extra edge to do it for Uncle B."

Meanwhile, Glasgow have a difficult task to wrap up second place in the league behind Edinburgh - and crucially a Play-Off semi-final slot - when they travel to face Workington tomorrow night. The Comets remain unbeaten at home this season.

Glasgow's next home clash is against Rye House a week on Sunday.

Masters, Colin Cook, Nick Morris, Richard Lawson and Thomas Jorgensen are all representing Scottish clubs at the Premier League Riders' Championship at Sheffield on Sunday.

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