Speedway returns to Perry Barr this week with Birmingham staging their press and practice session on Wednesday and their opening meeting of the season on Sunday.
Brummies made a hugely successful comeback to the sport in 2007, both in terms of crowd levels and success of the team, who finished runners-up in two major cup competitions, and also in second place in the Premier League table.
However, there have been a number of changes to the team line-up over the winter and this week's activities therefore provide the riders with the chance to ensure their set-ups are correct for the opening matches.
After a behind-closed-doors practice last week, Brummies will have close to four hours of track time on Wednesday afternoon, starting at midday, and all of the 2008 team are included in the line-up for Sunday evening's Alan Hunt Memorial Trophy meeting, with several quality riders in opposition.
Early indications on the riding order are that skipper Jason Lyons (pictured) will be paired with new signing Adam Roynon to form a powerful middle-order partnership, and to also give Brummies good strength in the latter stages of meetings.
Kyle Legault, the young Canadian signed on loan from Sheffield, is set to assume the No 1 race-jacket where he will be paired with James Birkinshaw, while the more experienced Phil
Morris will have the responsibility of taking most of his rides with young reserves Lee Smart and Jack Hargreaves.
Roynon, a Coventry asset who felt he would benefit from at least one more year in the Premier League before possibly stepping up to the Elite, is looking forward to learning from Lyons, whose performances last season were a model of consistency.
He said: "I'm thrilled to be riding alongside Jason. I can only learn from him, he's a class rider and I know he's become a legend after just one season at Birmingham.
"He's a rider I've always admired and he's achieved a lot in the sport. I can't wait to get started, and I think the team is looking good so hopefully we can have a successful season.
"I won't move into the Elite League until I feel totally comfortable and ready to do so. I hope that's this time next year, I would love that, but all I'm concentrating on right now is riding for Birmingham. They are a good club with fabulous support and there's always a good atmosphere here."
Wolverhampton's new riders also take to the Monmore Green track for the first time this week, with the stadium open from 6.30pm tomorrow to see the 2008 squad going through their paces, along with several of the club's other assets, including former skipper Peter Karlsson who is sitting out the Elite League this year.
Promoter Chris Van Straaten said: "We've made it obvious we're placing a strong emphasis on youth this season and beyond, and it will be a good chance for the fans to see the likes of Tai (Woffinden), Joe (Haines) and Chris (Kerr).
"This club surely has an exciting future with guys like that, and of course our current team is very young, but we're all very much looking forward to it."