Todd Kurtz is pleased to finally put his Plymouth nightmare behind him after joining Sheffield.
Kurtz takes his place in the Tigers side tonight as they face Berwick in the opening Championship home meeting of the season.
And he’s revealed how the last two seasons have been tricky riding for Plymouth, who went bankrupt at the end of last season.
Now he’s joined one of the most ambitious clubs in the Championship and is backing his new side to challenge for honours.
He said: “I’m so pleased to be here at Sheffield, it’s a fresh start, it’s a great club and a great management team.
“I’ve had a tough time down at Plymouth, there were issues behind the scenes so it was hard to focus on racing all the time.
“It’s an opportunity to get some stability into my racing coming to Sheffield and I believe we have the chance to win things, it’s an exciting team for sure.
“I’ve not ridden the Sheffield track a lot down the years, but it’s an awesome place and it’s my kind of track.”
Kurtz notched nine-points for Sheffield in last week’s Challenge match with Somerset.
“It’s a good start and I’m ready to build on that now” he said. “I’m not setting any personal targets apart from just trying to score as many points for the team as possible to help us be consistent.
“It would be nice to beat Berwick, they’ve got some riders who will enjoy it here at Sheffield so it should be a good match.”
Tigers are at full strength and Berwick include big winter signing Lewis Bridger, who has been a part of Great Britain’s World Cup squad. Former Sheffield man Dimitri Berge also lines up for the Bandits.
SHEFFIELD: Josh Grajczonek, Josh Bates, Lasse Bjerre, Todd Kurtz, Kyle Howarth, Rob Branford, Jack Parkinson-Blackburn.
BERWICK: Lewis Bridger, Liam Carr, Dimitri Berge, Claus Vissing, Kevin Doolan, Dany Gappmaier, Ryan Blacklock.