Simon Stead: Ashworth crash brings home dangers of speedway

Former Tigers star Ricky Ashworth
Former Tigers star Ricky Ashworth
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Unfortunately this week has been a really tough one for the sport, with ex-Sheffield captain Ricky Ashworth seriously injured in a crash at Scunthorpe on Friday.

Speedway is a great sport and it provides thousands of people with entertainment every week, but things like this really brings home the dangers. I was really upset when I heard about the crash, it really does make you realise how dangerous our sport is. Ricky is a really nice guy; we aren’t close friends particularly but every time we cross paths we have a good chat and he’s someone I enjoy speaking to. He’s been dealt a cruel hand.

I think I can speak on behalf of anyone that knows Ricky, and everyone in the speedway family, and say that we are all praying for him and send our best wishes to his family and friends. Like everyone, I sincerely hope he makes a full recovery and is back at Owlerton as soon as possible.

On Thursday I went to Owlerton to watch the boys against Newcastle and firstly, it was great to see an excellent crowd.

Owlerton is a great place to watch speedway and it’s fantastic when full, and I’m glad that everyone got to see such a good performance from the guys! We were against a good team in Newcastle but everyone dug in and pulled it out of the bag, and Adam Roynon was again brilliant. I watched him on Thursday and he rides Owlerton almost perfectly, his lines are very good and he rode hard and fast. A couple of the boys are struggling a bit for one reason or another, Andre Compton is coming back after a long time and Damien is still working his way back to fitness, but I know everyone is working hard.

Good luck to the lads for this week when we face Glasgow at Owlerton tomorrow and then go to Edinburgh on Friday.