Speedway: Ricky bags showpiece berth

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Ricky Wells is expected to be confirmed as Sheffield’s representative in the showpiece Premier League Riders’ Championship this week.

The in-form Californian has been in fine form in recent weeks and in the absence of injured skipper Simon Stead he will carry home interest at Owlerton on Sunday, September 22.

It’s the biggest individual event on the Premier League calendar and always pulls in a bumper crowd with fans travelling from all over the country.

Wells is on a dream run of form and piled up the points for Sheffield in their home clash with Ipswich last Thursday and then in the trips to Plymouth and Glasgow. He also performed superbly for his Elite League club Wolverhampton in their win at Belle Vue on Monday.

Said Wells: “I think I qualify for the Premier League Riders’ Championship now which is good, and it’ll be cool to represent Sheffield there.

“Obviously it’s a big event at this level and some top riders have won it in the past, so it would be nice to do well there and have a good meeting.

“I feel like I’m getting there now when it comes to riding the Sheffield track after it took me a while to get used to it, so hopefully I can make the most of that.

“It will be real tough because it’s the top rider from every Premier League team and I will go into the meeting just to give it my best.

“I feel pretty confident about things right now.”

Tigers head to Ipswich for the return Premier League fixture tomorrow, their penultimate league outing of the season.

Oliver Allen has been booked as a guest replacement for Stead as the improving Tigers look to carry the confidence forward from some encouraging displays in the past week.