British final target for Ashworth

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TIGERS star Ricky Ashworth goes into the British semi final on his home track desperate to make amends for last season.

Ashworth’s prime intention is to make the top seven cut tonight and book his place in the final at Wolverhampton next month.

He was one of the high-profile casualties last season when the Owlerton semi was washed out after the riders had completed three rides.

“Last year I had a massive disappointment. After everyone had three races the heavens opened and the result stood,” he said.

“I wasn’t having a good night up to that point, I was on borrowed machinery.

“It was disappointing not to go through but I’m pretty confident I can make up for it.

“I’m already looking forward to riding in the British Final but I’ve got to make sure I’m in it yet. There are some big names in the semi-final but it is my home track.”

Ashworth has been in flying form around Owlerton with a string of full and paid maximums and, knowing that he goes well around Monmore Green, the Mancunian also fancies a crack at a podium place.

“There’s the chance of a wild card slot for the Cardiff Grand Prix,” he says. “It’s a long shot but the chance is there. There are 32 riders and anything can happen.”