Speedway: Wells won’t bank on home comfort

Ricky Wells leads into the first corner at Owlerton against Ipswich
Ricky Wells leads into the first corner at Owlerton against Ipswich
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Ricky Wells refuses to look too far ahead in his quest for Premier League Riders’ Championship glory.

The league’s showpiece event takes place at Owlerton on Sunday (5pm).

Sheffield’s Wells, aged 22, aims to follow in the footsteps of previous home riders who have lifted the crown.

His recent form has been as good as anyone in the league but the affable American refuses to get ahead of himself.

He said: “It’s been a goal of mine to get into this meeting ever since I first started in the league in 2010, it’s going to be cool and a fun meeting to be a part of - but of course I want to do well. In any open meeting you just have to take it step-by-step, first you have to get the points in the early stages and then you can think about the semi-final or the final.

“To make the final is obviously my goal, because at that stage it’s one race, four laps and it’s anyones then.”

Despite the apparent advantage of riding at Owlerton week in, week out Wells doesn’t feel it gives him a huge edge over his rivals: “I know I’ve been riding at Sheffield for two seasons but I don’t think there’ll be too much home advantage for me, not with the riders that are in it.”