Speedway: Simon Stead column

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Gary Madine, clothing partner!
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Hello again and welcome to my latest column.

Things haven’t gone well for me over the last few days and I was forced to admit defeat with my hand injury on Monday as I pulled out of King’s Lynn’s trip to Poole. I was gutted about it.

On Sunday I was in Poland riding for my team in Krakow and after my first ride I knew that my hand wasn’t up to it, I honestly thought that I’d be okay but I could barely hold on to the bike and I only managed three points from four rides.

I was basically just poodling round at the back because I was in so much pain. I will go to the sports injury clinic this week to consult my doctors and see what the prognosis is, but I’m really not sure whether I’ll make any of my scheduled meetings this week.

I’m still hopeful that I might be fit for tomorrow and Friday. I’m not particularly optimistic, but we’ll see.

In more positive news, this week I joined up with local clothing business Pow UK. They’re a company based in Sheffield and the MD, Matt Balme, is a big speedway fan and really keen to get back into the sport. They work with Ashley Birks a bit, as well as Ryan Rhodes, Gary Madine and David Hirst so I’m delighted to join those guys.

They’ll be producing my merchandise and that’ll be available at the Sheffield store, and soon it’ll be available on my website too.

As part of my link-up with the Pow guys I am running an exclusive competition via my Twitter account. I’ll be giving away five signed Simon Stead Racing T-shirts to those who tweet the following: ‘I want a @Simon_Stead @powuk tshirt #starcomp” and I’ll pick the five winners at random tonight.

Regardless of whether I ride this week I’ll be heading down to Cardiff for the British Grand Prix this weekend and it’s an event I really enjoy. The spectacle of the event, the atmosphere in the city, it’s just amazing and as someone who has been fortunate enough to ride in the meeting it’s still just as enchanting as a fan. As much as I’d love to be in the lineup, it’ll be nice to just be able to watch as a fan and enjoy the racing, it definitely makes a good change!

Please get behind the team tomorrow as we take on Leicester, we need your support now more than ever as we try to turn round a bad run of results.

Thanks, Steady.