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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Workington Comets rider Mason Campton's visa appeal rejected

Workington Comets Mason Campton will not ride for the team in 2013 after his appeal for a visa to ride in Britain was turned down.

 Mason Campton photo
Mason Campton

The Comets promotional team had been pushing through paperwork since the start of the year in an effort to get Campton in the UK for the start of the new season. But the Australian has fallen foul of new rules that were brought in at the start of the year.

He had to re-apply for a new visa following his transfer from Glasgow to Workington and believed it was nothing more than a formality. But that has not proved to be the case.

Campton appealed the decision but that was also turned down which means he will not ride for the team this season.

He said: “The whole process started at the beginning of January and has taken until now to be refused. To say I am devastated is an understatement.

“I was really excited and so looking forward to riding for the Comets this year and had spent a lot of money upgrading bikes and equipment and sending it all over in preparation.

“Unfortunately, I won’t be riding for Workington this year.”

Campton thanked the promotion team and fans for their support throughout the whole process and said he would love the opportunity to ride for Comets in 2014.”

Comets owner Laura Morgan was philosophical regarding the situation but attention would now turn to the number seven spot in the team.

That is currently occupied by Chris Mills who agreed to fill in during Campton’s absence.

She said: “Both parties can now draw a line under the situation because we know now where we stand.

“We hope Mason will be a Comet in 2014 and the plan is to leave his bikes over in Britain and buy another while he is out in Australia so he can continue to ride until the start of next season.

“I would like to think we could have Chris for the rest of the season but he is doing a lot of travelling up here and it will take its toll.

“We will have a management meeting and speak to Chris to see where we go from here but we will be looking at all of our options.”

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