Former Sheffield Tigers mascot Max Clegg returns to Owlerton this Thursday – looking to secure national glory.
The Brighouse youngster, who turned 19 on Monday, was a regular at Owlerton during his school days. Clegg lines up in the prestigious British U21 Final and is looking to take the title from holder Kyle Howarth.
King’s Lynn’s Robert Lambert is the favourite after representing Great Britain in last summer’s World Cup – but Clegg, who is one of the busiest riders in the sport with teams in all three levels, is relishing the prospect. He said: “I used to love going to Sheffield when I was younger. I’ve done a lot of laps as club mascot at Owlerton; I only ever went around on a little old pit-bike engine in a speedway frame and it was all about having fun and dreaming of becoming a full-time rider back then. We’re only a few years on realistically and that’s what I’m now doing.”
Clegg rides for Wolves in the Elite, Edinburgh in the Premier and Cradley in the National League and is hoping his busy schedule can help him to the top step on Thursday. “Being one of the riders seeded through to the final, for me that means I need to put in a good performance and should be towards the top” he said.
“I want a rostrum place – I’ve come on as a rider a hell of a lot over the past 12 months and meetings like this help you prove what level you’re at. Even though the reigning champion isn’t in it, it’s a really strong line-up and whoever wins is going to have to work very hard to win it.
“Adam Ellis is flying in the Elite League right now; he’s one of the main contenders.”
He added: “I expect Josh (Bates) to go well because of the fact he’s on his home track and Rob (Lambert) is going to be hard to beat as well.
“I think it’s going to be a great meeting for the fans and hopefully I can get on the podium.”