Classic speedway battle, says Stead

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Simon Stead believes Sunday’s Premier League Riders’ Championship at Owlerton will be “ruthless”.

He said: “You take it very seriously, you’re representing yourself and your club so you want to win it. This year’s line-up is very good, Craig Cook and Ben Barker both rode for Great Britain this year and Jason Doyle rode for Australia in the World Cup final.

“We’ve obviously got Ricky [Wells] in the lineup and he’ll be a dark horse, he’s been riding really well and he won’t fear anybody at all. Hopefully he has a good one.

“When those lads line up at the start they’ll want to win, there’s no doubt about that, it will be ruthless. With the lineup there is there’s going to be some great racing, fingers crossed we get good weather because if the track is allowed to be done properly it produces brilliant racing. It’s going to be a fantastic meeting.”

The Tigers skipper was a whisker away from winning the title in 2004 when he crashed with Andre Compton, and it’s something he’s never forgotten.

He said: “I remember it so well, I was unbeaten going into the final and it was my last season in the Premier League, I was so desperate to win it.

“Me and Andre crashed on the last turn of the last lap and I was the one that got excluded, I’ve never forgotten it and it’s still a target of mine to win it.

“Unfortunately I’ve missed it this season but hopefully if I fully recover it’s something I can target for next season.”

The action starts at 5pm with gates opening at 3.30 and a massive crowd is expected to pack the Owlerton terraces.