Sheffield Tigers boss stands by his rider

Sheffield Tigers Damien Bates
Sheffield Tigers Damien Bates
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Damien Bates admits the showpiece Premier League Riders’ Championship was a step too far for Jason Garrity.

The Sheffield favourite was struggling to make the starts and was regularly squeezed out in the first turn by the top stars of every other club at Owlerton.

Peterborough man Ulrich Ostergaard pulled off a stunning win and Tigers co-promoter Bates said: “It was probably just a little step too far for Jason, but that’s no disgrace. He’s not far away and he’s had a fantastic season, so hopefully he’ll be able to bang in the points for us in the play-offs.

“There was a lot of pressure on his shoulders as the home rider but that’s understandable and he’s still a young lad with a lot of years ahead of him. The PLRC is such a strong field these days, you’ve got riders who have raced in the World Cup and Jason shouldn’t be ashamed with eight-points in a meeting of that stature.

“He’ll be back and having another go at it. He’s such a popular lad at Sheffield.”

Tigers are awaiting confirmation of their play-off opponents with the possibility of facing champion Ostergaard and his Peterborough side.

But as they wait, there will be no meeting at Owlerton this Thursday.