New Devil Ashworth plans to think big on small tracks

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RICKY Ashworth is hoping to turn a negative into a positive after agreeing a switch to Premier League Plymouth.

The former Tigers skipper, who was told of his release from Owlerton only 10-days ago, admits he is fortunate to be handed a team spot with the Devils.

And he wants to use the move to enhance his skills on the smaller tracks throughout the league after a decade of riding on the big Sheffield circuit.

Said Ashworth: “I won’t pretend, it hurt me to be released by Sheffield and the biggest annoyance for me was the fact that so many other teams had gone a long way to sorting themselves out. From that point of view I guess I didn’t have too many options so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to continue riding down at Plymouth.

“I guess the old transit van will be under pressure with all those miles to do, but when the season starts I’ll be raring to go.

“Plymouth is a small track so this may even do me a favour to be honest, it would be nice to score a load of points on a small track and maybe improve my skills.

“I’ve loved my time with Sheffield and of course I would have liked to be back there for another season but it wasn’t to be and I wish all my friends at the club the very best of luck for the new season.

“What’s hurt me most is that Neil Machin [club owner]hasn’t even talked to me since the end of the season, but that’s life and we all have to move on I guess.

“I’m delighted to have joined Plymouth and I hope to be a consistent rider and do a good job for the team.

“Of course I look forward to coming back to Sheffield with them but I don’t feel I have anything to prove after 10-years at the club.

“I’d like to wish everyone at Sheffield a very Merry Christmas and thank them for the last decade.”