Bike of Sheffield speedway racer Ricky Ashworth auctioned

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A bike belonging to former Sheffield speedway racer Ricky Ashworth is going under the hammer to help him recover from a horror crash.

The popular rider who spent 10 years with Sheffield Tigers was seriously injured in a track crash while racing for Berwick Bandits at Scunthorpe 18 months ago and spent 91 days in a coma.

He now needs round the clock care.

Ian Hunter, from club sponsors Sheffield Window Centre, has had one of Ricky’s bike on display at his city offices for several years but is now selling it on to raise funds. The bike is available to purchase on eBay.

“We want to build a specially adapted annex with a wet room at Ricky’s home, which will give him the independent living space he needs,” said Ian.

“The bike was built by Ricky a few years ago, the engine is only lacking a few parts and it has been in my showroom window for a few years.

“It will be a terrific collector’s item and, of course, it’s all going to a very worthy cause. If anyone’s ever wanted to own a speedway bike, then this is the chance.”

The Speedway community in Sheffield is rallying around to organise a major benefit meeting on Sunday, March 22.

Former Grand Prix star Chris Harris is the first star who has agreed to take part.

The bike is being sold on the eBay account of Ian’s fellow benefit committee member Julie Reading and it is hoped it will fetch a ‘four figure sum’.