In 2018, Dan finished runner-up in the British Speedway Championship, won the British Under-19 Final and claimed a third place in the second round of the World Under 21 Championship series in Poland.
Dan recalls “2018 is where I think I really started to progress, I had grown a little and got a little stronger in the winter and could ride the bike better, I progressed from the reserve position in the Aces team up to a heat leader and started racing in Poland at Rybnik in the 1st division.
Everything was going better and better and I felt like I was finally putting the pieces together to be a more complete rider, when on August 25th I was involved in a big pile up, breaking my wrist, shoulder and my femur in multiple places. It was a long recovery and although I started the season in 2019 I think it took me 2 years to get back to the position I was in.”
Dan is philosophical about the impact of that horrible crash “Although my results may not have been as good (upon returning from injury) and there were some tough moments, I feel like it really made me a better rider, it made me focus on how I was riding the bike and to understand everything more.”