It’s a crying Shane

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SHEFFIELD skipper Shane Parker labelled his final Premier League Riders Championship appearance as “a nightmare”.

The veteran Aussie, who is retiring soon after 22 years in speedway, was haunted by mechanical problems throughout and crashed out at the qualifying stages. Parker recorded four second places in his first four rides and a victory in his fifth and final qualifying race would have sent him through to the semi-final and a chance to end his career on a high.

There was no fairytale ending though as he finished last and was left to wonder what might have been as he watched countryman Sam Masters lift the trophy. He said: “It’s a pretty nightmare ending to be honest. It was a frustrating night, we had things going wrong right from the warm-up, where we couldn’t get one of the bikes going and it carried on all the way through.

“It’s frustrating because I haven’t had any problems here all year and the most important meeting for me of the year and everything goes wrong. It’s annoying as I look after my equipment well, it’s all very well prepared and then it just goes wrong on the night.

“We changed things after every race trying to get it working but it wasn’t happening. The bikes were prepared the same way they are for every meeting here, it was just another meeting, but for some reason it didn’t work. I would have loved to have done something because it’s my last chance in this meeting, but it was just one of those days. That’s speedway I guess.”