New Sheffield Tigers signing Nico Covatti insists he is not worried by the fact he that as only raced at the city’s Owlerton stadium once in his career.
Covatti has joined the club as a replacement for the injured Ty Proctor who is expected to be out until mid-September at least with a serious thigh injury – and there is a serious doubt over whether Proctor will race again this season.
The rider could hardly have wished for a tougher start, though, as his new team face the Premier League’s form team of the season, Edinburgh Monarchs, on Thursday.
Said Covatti: “I am very happy to be joining a club like Sheffield.
“And I will be even happier if I can do a good job for the team.
“I’m so pleased to be back racing again and Sheffield have a lot of meetings between now and the end of the season, so I want to be scoring lots of points for them. I have only raced the Sheffield track once but that’s fine with me because I liked it. I went there with Birmingham and I enjoyed the experience. It’s a big and fast track and I am pleased to have it as my new home track.
“I hope I can help the team do well and I thank Sheffield for giving me this opportunity to ride for them because it’s been a very frustrating time for me since Birmingham had their problems.”
Covatti was pleased with his efforts for Italy in last month’s Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup when he was a shining light in an otherwise poor performance.
He scored seven-points as his side finished bottom of the pile behind USA, Australia and group winners Great Britain.
“That was a hard night of racing and I crashed towards the end which left me in some pain,” he said.
“But I also enjoyed the meeting. I thought we gave it our very best and from a personal point of view I was happy with my performance.”
Covatti, born in Argentina but racing on an Italian licence, helped Birmingham to the top of the Elite League table last season only to see them lose in the play-off final to Poole.
He’s still hoping to return to the top flight of racing in the UK - but for now he is grateful to have the opportunity to see the season out with Sheffield.