Lemon hopes for less bitter results

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Ricky Ashworth won the PLRC in 2009 - the fifth time for a Tigers rider since 1999. The others were Sean Wilson (1999, 2003, 2005) and Andre Compton (2004).

AUSTRALIAN ace Mark Lemon says he’ll be going for glory in Sunday’s Premier League Riders’ Championship at Owlerton (5pm).

Lemon represents Newcastle after a torrid season which has been ruined by injuries.

And he admits a good display in the showpiece event on Sunday would be a nice way to make up for the disappointment of his shoulder and collarbone injuries.

He said: “A good result in the PLRC would be nice.

“I don’t have too many fond memories of Sheffield, I got banged up a couple of times when I was here as a kid and ended up in hospital, so that kind of put me off.

“But I’ve had my good meetings here and I’ve always seemed to score well. I can go well around Sheffield and I did finish on the rostrum. That was a memorable night, when Andre (Compton) and Steady (Simon Stead) were going at it at the front in the final.

“It would be great to get on the rostrum again but, if I’m honest, I’m not expecting that much from the PLRC. I’ll just come here to race and see what happens, but I will be going for it. There are some really good riders in it so it will be tough, it’s always one of the toughest meetings of the season.”

Sheffield are represented by Shane Parker and Ricky Ashworth who are strongly fancied for the title.

And there is going to be a new champion crowned as Kenni Larsen, Newcastle’s representative last season, is ruled out of defending his crown after switching to the Elite League with Coventry.

There is no meeting at Owlerton tonight because of Sunday’s plum event.