SHEFFIELD TIGERS: Neil Machin has eye on young talent

Tigers owner: Neil Machin
Tigers owner: Neil Machin
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NEIL Machin says he will be keeping a close eye on riders in tonight’s British Under 19 Championship at Owlerton with 2013 team places in mind (7.45).

The meeting features 16 of the finest young riders – and it’s a good opportunity for the Sheffield public to see some of tomorrow’s stars.

Tigers owner Machin is looking forward to taking a break from team action and seeing some close racing.

He said: “These are the names who will rise through the ranks of British Speedway in the not too distant future and it’ll be great to see them all competing at Sheffield.

“I’ll be keeping a close eye on performances because we are already getting down to formulating our plans for next season.

“Most of the riders in the field have competed here at Owlerton this season, in our various second half events, and that should ensure close racing over tonight’s 22 heats.

“The field is wide open in my view, the loss of track specialist Jason Garrity means that there really isn’t a firm favourite, it will all come down to who produces the good’s on the night.

“At the end of the day, this is the British Championship, the one that every rider dreams of winning and every rider will know he will need to be on top of his game to go beyond the qualifying stages of the meeting.

“They all know that the winner of this meeting will have his name in British speedway’s history books forever - that’s a huge incentive.”

Among the competitors are local lad James Sarjeant, who has an abundance of experience at the Owlerton track, and former Sheffield mascot Max Clegg.

Midland based men Tom Perry and Ashley Morris, both Premier League regulars, are likely to start as favourites for the title, but it promises to be an intriguing battle.

LINE-UP: Danny Phillips, Connor Coles, Ben Morley, Tom Stokes, Dan Greenwood, Joe Jacobs, Oliver Greenwood, Stefan Nielsen, Daryl Ritchings, James Sarjeant, Michael Neale, Connor Dwyer, Liam Carr, Ashley Morris, Tom Perry, Max Clegg.