Sheffield racer Kyle Howarth admits this season has been tougher than expected.
Howarth was regarded as a key signing for the Owlerton club after leaving Workington during the winter.
He’s had some good meetings and was called up for the Premier League Pairs Championship at Somerset last week. He has also been riding for Elite League Wolverhampton as a draft pick.
But he admits he needs to do better as Sheffield prepare to resume racing this Thursday against Plymouth after a gap in home fixtures.
“I know I can perform better but it’s been a tough season so far overall,” he said.
“There were people before the season saying I shouldn’t be in the Elite Riders’ Draft system but I always knew it would be difficult because there’s plenty of top boys in there too – and it’s been tough with Wolverhampton. I’ve done okay but I know I can do better and a lot of results this season have shown that the points scored from the reserve boys can have a big say in the results.
“Last week against Leicester for Wolves at home I was a lot better and my points played a big part in the win.
“But away at Leicester, Belle Vue and Swindon, I know I should be getting more than I did and we lost those three meetings which is disappointing.
“It’s been a busy chunk of the season and although plenty of time on the bike can do you good it can be tiring and every now and again a break can do you good.
“I need things to get back on track personally to help make life a bit easier for the team as well. Hopefully I can do that with Sheffield as well now we are back at home.
“There is still half the season to go and I’m looking forward to getting some more points under my belt.
“If I can find some good form Sheffield can enjoy a good run to the play-offs.”
Plymouth will include Brady Kurtz, a special guest for Tigers in place of Simon Stead last season and regards Owlerton as his favourite British track along with Somerset.