Arthur Sissis has turned his back on a promising career in Superbikes to sign for Sheffield Tigers
The Australian is set for a return to the shale sport after impressing as a schoolboy before heading into the Moto3 world championship.
He lost his place with the Mahindra Racing team last year and is returning to speedway. He says: “It’s a big call but I’m moving to the UK around February time and I’m ready for the challenge.”
Sheffield co-promoter Damien Bates says Sissis, 19, could prove to be one of the signings of the season. “Neil Machin got to know him in Australia when he was a youngster. When he left Grand Prix racing and indicated that he wanted to do speedway again we moved quickly. Arthur knows all about Sheffield thanks to Neil and wanted to come here. He can’t wait to race. He was disappointed to lose his place with Mahindra but that’s fuelled his determination to do well in speedway. He has fantastic potential. He can do some amazing things on a speedway bike and I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to see a rider join Sheffield.
“He’s a level-headed lad, has plenty of experience racing in Europe in the GPs and he wants to do well. He’s very professional in every aspect. I think speedway’s in his blood and GP racing’s loss could be our gain.”
He’ll be based in Barnsley and Bates says Sissis will slot seamlessly into the team. He will start at reserve alongside Josh Bates. “He’s big friends with Ty Proctor” said Bates.
“He’ll be sharing a workshop with Ty and Josh,” he said. “Arthur’s looking forward to coming over and he’s another very important piece in our jigsaw.”
Sissis joins Josh Bates, Ashley Birks, David Bellego and skipper Simon Stead in what is shaping up to be an exciting Tigers team for the new campaign.