RICKY Wells has admitted that his mind has been elsewhere as the world of speedway comes to terms with the death of British star Lee Richardson.
Richardson, 33, died on Sunday after a crash in Poland and Wells was one of the few riders who had to fulfill his racing commitments on Monday and ride in an open meeting at Wolverhampton.
And the young American admitted that he was not in the right frame of mind to take to the track.
He said: “I can’t really believe the meeting was on (on Monday) but we made a commitment and had to get on with it.
“It was tough because we lost a colleague and a friend. He was a great guy.
“It was on my mind every single race, I don’t know whether that was the same for the other guys but for me it was all I could think about.”
Richardson is Great Britain’s all-time leading points scorer in the Speedway World Cup and tributes have poured in from all over the world.