Tuesday March 19, 2019
SHEFFIELD Tigers legend Ricky Ashworth, who was left with serious head injuries in a career ending crash just over five years ago, will be back on the Owlerton track this Sunday.

Ashworth was a firm favourite with Tigers fans and still holds the track record at his former track.

And although he can no longer race on a 500cc machine with no brakes, remarkably he has taken to riding a tandem and completed laps at the velodrome in Manchester which attracted national headlines.

He did the same at Leicester on Sunday to launch the charity meeting in aid of the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund.

Now he will do four laps of Owlerton for the first time since his career ended – and he almost lost his life – at Sheffield’s 90th anniversary meeting on Sunday (4pm).

After the Leicester meeting Ashworth took to social media and wrote: “I had such a good day with my Dad, Step Mum and the Speedway family you guys are the best thank you.

“I wonder where next?”

The answer is Owlerton!

Sheffield co-promoter Damien Bates said: “We are hoping to make a big day of it, it’s our 90th anniversary meeting so we want it to be a celebration and how apt that we have the track record holder here doing some laps after almost losing his life back in 2013. It’s a great story.”

All seven Tigers riders will be in action along with a host of big names including double World Long Track Champion Erik Riss, French World Cup star David Bellego and GB international Steve Worrall.

PICTURED: Ricky Ashworth rides a tandem at Leicester on Sunday with 1993 World Champion and former Tigers rider Sam Ermolenko on the solo bike.

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