Sheffield Tigers: Fine margin cost me the British title says Stead

Simon Stead , Sheffield Tigers
Simon Stead , Sheffield Tigers
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Simon Stead says one mistake cost him a place in the race-off for the British title won by Tai Woffinden.

The Sheffield skipper scored nine-points from his five rides in the showpiece event at Wolverhampton on Monday night and was denied a shot at the latter stages on countback.

He was level with Chris Harris and Jason Garrity but was left wondering what might have been after he surrendered the lead in Heat 13.

“At that level, in a meeting like that, you cannot afford any slip-ups,” said Stead.

“I was up against two of the top riders in the meeting, Scotty Nicholls and Chris Harris, and I just made one slip which let them through.

“If I had won that race I would have been on nine with a race in hand.

“But I’m not bitter about it because I felt I rode quite well and normally my score would have been good enough.

“I just lifted and that allowed the other two through.

“It’s happened now and I can’t afford to sit here and reflect on it too much, I’m going to take the positives and try and build on them.

“I feel as though I have ridden well on the last two Mondays live on Sky.

“I did a guest booking for Belle Vue last week and now the British Final this week, so I’ve got to be pretty happy with my form.

“I’m still pretty gutted about missing out on the race-off for the British Final itself, there was the extra carrot of going to Cardiff for the British GP next month as the wildcard, but I guess it just wasn’t to be.

“I’m looking forward to the rest of the season, I’m feeling good about my own form and I’m going to score as many points as I can both for Sheffield and Leicester.

“It’s an important meeting for Sheffield against Edinburgh tomorrow, we all need to put in a good performance and I’m sure there will be some good racing.

“I’m looking forward to it.

“I think it’s fair to say there are some team members who have a point to prove to the management – let’s see what we can do to stop this powerful team.”