Sheffield speedway rumpus

Ricky Wells Sheffield Steedway
Ricky Wells Sheffield Steedway
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Ricky Wells has taken a swipe at club owner Neil Machin ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League Riders’ Championship at Owlerton (5pm).

And the American World Cup racer, Sheffield’s representative in the event, has accused the club of lacking ambition.

Wells says only big winter changes at the club will make him interested in staying for a third season.

He claims he is owed an apology by long-serving Machin, who has put the club up for sale after 21 seasons at the helm.

He said: “It’s nothing against Sheffield Speedway or the fans, but myself and Neil haven’t seen eye-to-eye all season, and there would need to be significant changes for me to come back next season. Last Thursday Neil had a go at me over the track conditions. I didn’t appreciate how he spoke to me. I’ve had no apology.

“The track wasn’t suitable to ride before it had work done on it. Neil said it was, I disagreed and he didn’t like it, saying it was fine.

“The club has lacked ambition. When I ride for Wolverhampton everyone desperately wants to win, I’ve never got the feeling here. We’ve finished at the bottom for two years now. Sheffield shouldn’t be down there, the fans are great and some of the people working for the club are brilliant. Everything is there for it to be a success.

“If major changes are made, I’d consider coming back. I like riding for Sheffield but things would need to happen. If things stay the same I won’t be coming back.”

Wells’ scores have improved hugely since his move to Owlerton last season and he’s grateful to the club for helping him do that and hopes that he can repay them tomorrow. He said: “I needed to learn to ride bigger tracks and I’ve done that; I am a better rider now than I was when I joined.

“I’ll look back on my time here and say I enjoyed it, and it’d be cool to go out on a high. I want to give something to the fans to say thanks.”