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MIKE CUROSO

A likeable 24 year old Californian, Mike was the first rider from the United States to link up with the Dorset club. Poole had been the club he wanted to ride for when he first came to this country in 1976, but thanks to work permit problems he was late in coming to the UK and to his disappointment found that Hull was the only track that could offer him a place. He spent two seasons riding for the Vikings, but struggled to adapt to British racing and put in a transfer request that wasn’t granted until the end of the year. Having beaten Scott Autrey in a run-off to win the AMA National championship he looked a good prospect, but after a string of low scores and mechanical problems seemed destined not to make the big time. However, he stayed focussed and by mid-season had started to get among the points to force his way out of the reserve berth. As his confidence returned he started to find some consistency and his stylish riding brought him his first paid league maximum in Pirates home match with Hackney. At times his form was sensational and he finished the season by picking up a faultless 15 point maximum at Eastbourne. Sadly he could not agree terms to return to the club, although both the Knott and Fearman promotions worked hard to bring him back to Poole.