Friday February 05, 2021
SHEFFIELD Tigers have confirmed the return of British racer Kyle Howarth for the new season.

Howarth, part of the Great Britain pre-season training squad last year, keeps his place despite the Owlerton club needing to make changes to their planned team.

They announced the signing of former Grand Prix star Troy Batchelor last week and Howarth is the second confirmed starter.

And he admits he’s relieved to survive the changes and the cancellation of last season has given him a reality check about the sport.

"It's a no brainer for me to be back at Sheffield,” he said.

"I'm really happy there, the owners are forward thinking and ambitious and it's a good place to be.

"There was never any doubt on my part about going back and I'm pleased it can happen despite some of the changes needed in the team which is a shame.

"A lot has changed during the winter so it's good for me to be able to keep my place there and I think we can have a really good season.

"I'm pleased to see Troy Batchelor signed up, he's going to be one of the top riders in the Premiership and we've got him.

"I just want the season to start. I want to go racing because I've been missing it badly. There have been times when I've gone through a tough time in my career and sometimes questioned myself, but the enforced absence has made me realise just how much I love it."

Tru Plant Tigers co-owner Damien Bates is pleased to have Howarth back on board.

“He’s solid and dependable,” said Bates. “He’s a very, very good rider on his day and he’s been with us a while now, the fans like him.

“I know he’s enthusiastic and ready to go for the new season starting with our eagerly awaited clash with Belle Vue in May. Hopefully the lads can get some private practice in before then.”

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