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Back home: Simon Stead will be riding in his native Sheffield
Back home: Simon Stead will be riding in his native Sheffield
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SHEFFIELD boy Simon Stead admits he can’t wait to race at Owlerton again – but he has only one thing on his mind.

The former Tiger is born and bred in Sheffield and still lives in the city, where he works at the family car dealership.

Stead returns to Owlerton tomorrow in the British Championship Semi-Final and knows that a top eight finish will see him secure a place in the showpiece British Final at Wolverhampton on July 30.

The Swindon rider isn’t interested in targeting the top eight though, and wants to win the event in front of his family and friends.

He said: “It’s a big night for me because it’s been a while since I’ve ridden competitively at Owlerton, and I’ll have sponsors and friends and family there.

“I know the need is to make the top eight but I’m going there to win it, without a doubt.

“It’s a track I have a lot of experience on and have had successful meetings there, and I like riding it. It’s one of the best circuits in Britain and it’s a great place to race, so I want to win.”

Tomorrow isn’t the only big meeting Stead has coming up, with his testimonial taking place at Swindon on August 16.

He said: “It’s going to be a good night, the lineup is coming together nicely and it’s looking great. It’s a lot of hard work but it’s nice to see everything come together.”

Former Grand Prix star Tai Woffinden has declared himself fit to race in the meeting after making his return from a broken scaphoid in Wolverhampton’s win over Birmingham on Monday.

Woffinden, the Godson of Tigers owner Neil Machin, lives in Sheffield and, like Stead, will also have pals and sponsors at the event. He said: “I’m looking forward to it, I don’t get chance to race at Sheffield these days and I will have a load of mates there so hopefully I can do well.”