'No bad blood' between Ford and Basso but split 'wasn’t left on best terms'

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Benjamin Basso faces Pirates for the first time since leaving tomorrow (Picture: Richard Crease)
Benjamin Basso faces Pirates for the first time since leaving tomorrow (Picture: Richard Crease)

PROMOTER Danny Ford said there would be “no bad blood” between himself and former Pirate Ben Basso but admitted: “It wasn’t left on best terms how it ended.”

The talented Dane was announced in the winter as part of Glasgow’s septet for 2022 – having sealed a league and cup double at Wimborne Road, during his debut season in Britain last year.

Having switched asset status with Richard Lawson in a deal between the two clubs, Basso is set to come up against Poole for the first time when the sides lock horns at Ashfield on Friday (7.30pm).

Asked for his take on the Basso situation, almost six months on from the move he called a “massive kick in the teeth”, Ford told the Daily Echo: “I’m not quite sure how I feel about the situation just yet. It’s going to be interesting for sure.

“Benjamin was always in our plans going into this season, which we made known to him, but he had other ideas and chose to move away to Glasgow.

“While I wish him all the best there, I don’t wish him too much luck on Friday, because it’s going to be a real effort.

“Glasgow on paper are a very strong team. We will do well to come away from there with a victory but the boys are really up for it.”

Asked whether he had spoken to Basso since the move was announced, Ford replied: “I haven’t spoken to him since. We made a deal.

“Benjamin became a Glasgow asset and Richard moved the other way. I think that was a very beneficial deal for both teams judging by how Richard is going so far.

“We are always going to be civil with him. There’s no bad blood between us but it wasn’t left on best terms how it ended.”

Basso showed his pedigree when riding for Poole last season – and has averaged more than nine points on home shale since his move to the Tigers.

Former world champion Gary Havelock is once again set to take charge of Poole as team boss for the fixture in Scotland.

Giving his take on the Basso situation, the 53-year-old said: “Me personally, I don’t have a problem with it.

“Speedway is such a small world – riders change clubs almost every year. I don’t think you can hold any bad feelings towards him.

“At the end of the day, a lot of his Danish racing is on a Wednesday night, so he might have missed a few for Poole.

“Who’s to say he won’t ride for Poole again next year or in the future? That’s how speedway goes. It’s too small a world to be burning bridges.

“I don’t hold anything against any riders who change clubs or want to go ride for another club and try something else.”

Former Pirate Danyon Hume is also set to feature for the hosts.

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