SHEFFIELD TIGERS: Kiwi star lauds Tigers backing

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AMERICAN star Ricky Wells believes he has Sheffield to thank for his improvement as a rider this year.

The New Zealand-born racer has had his best year in the sport, amassing an average of 5.35 points per meeting in the top league in Britain and often topping the score-chart for the Tigers this year.

Wells suffered a slow start to his Sheffield career but recovered admirably to perform solidly for the rest of the year, and he feels that riding at Owlerton has made him a better rider.

“I have no doubt that riding for Sheffield has improved me as a rider; I have always found it harder on bigger tracks but my form on the big one’s this year has been good.” said Wells.

“My scores at Sheffield picked up pretty quickly and I’ve done well at places like Berwick and Glasgow, where I have struggled in the past. I’ve made absolutely no money out of the Premier League this year but I have become a better rider, which is the most important thing.

“It’s been strange in some ways because if I have one bad meeting the fans seem to get on my back a bit and I seem to get all the blame. That’s just part and parcel of the sport but we are always trying our hardest, we never go out without the intention of winning.”

Wells currently sits on an attractive 6.61 average in the Premier League and plans on riding in the second tier once again next year, saying: “I’ll double up again if I can, definitely. You have to keep riding and there aren’t enough meetings if you only ride in one league.”

Tigers continue their Premier League campaign at home to Newcastle tomorrow and Joe Haines is set to return from a wrist injury.