Former world champion speedway rider Michael Lee is to stand trial after pleading not guilty to two allegations of rape.
The former Lynn Stars rider, aged 55, appeared on Friday at Ipswich Crown Court where he also denied two other sex offences and an assault.
The two charges of rape to which Lee pleaded not guilty are alleged to have taken place between January 1, 2008 and December 1, 2008 and on December 28, 2012.
Speaking only to confirm his name and enter his pleas, Lee, of Worlington, near Bury St Edmunds, has also denied an assault causing actual bodily harm on December 28, 2012, which was said to have involved the same woman.
Lee pleaded not guilty to two charges of sexual assault, said to have taken place between October 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011 and involving a second woman.
Neither of the women who made the allegations against Lee can be named for legal reasons.
Prosecutor Joanne Eley told the court that Lee’s trial was expected to take up to 10 days to complete.
Judge Rupert Overbury told Lee that his trial was due to begin on April 28. Until that date Lee will continue to be granted bail on condition that he does not contact either of the two women named in the charges.
Lee, co-promotor of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers, was crowned individual world speedway champion in 1980 and rode for teams including Lynn, Poole and Boston.