Simon Stead: The highs and lows of speedway

Tigers' Richard Hall on the outside of Joe Haines
Tigers' Richard Hall on the outside of Joe Haines
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This week has been a typical week in the life of a speedway rider, it included the highs and the lows!

On Thursday we pulled off a brilliant win against Workington after a last-heat decider and then on Saturday I crashed out in the first heat with a dislocated shoulder.

It was put straight back in but I’ve tweaked some of the ligaments and although I’m not in constant pain, the shoulder is really weak.

I’ve had a couple of physio sessions and I’m icing it every hour, as well as taking anti-inflammatory tablets, but I think I’m looking at a week at least. If I can come back any sooner I will and I’d be chuffed, but it’s a long season and I can’t risk it by coming back too soon.

I’m taking things day-by-day and you never know how you’ll feel the next day, but I won’t be coming back prematurely.

The huge downside to that is that it looks as if I’ll be missing the British Championship semi-final at Owlerton tomorrow, which I’m gutted about.

It was a meeting I was really looking forward to and you never know, but I really don’t expect to be fit at all. My personal target is Sheffield’s away meeting at Berwick on Saturday but even that might be optimistic.

On to the high now and Thursday’s meeting against Workington was awesome, I think it had pretty much everything! If that was your first ever speedway meeting, and I had friends and sponsors there who were attending for the first time, you would never miss another meeting.

We have absolutely fantastic facilities and Owlerton and Thursday showed that we have some of the best racing in the country too, so if you haven’t been before get down to our next home meeting because Thursday’s match was as good as you’ll see anywhere.

The boys showed great character to dig deep and come back from so many points down. We started very slowly and Workington were starting well but as soon as we got the track right the guys were outstanding. Myself and Richard Hall clinched the win but Ricky (Wells), Joe (Haines) and Jake (Knight) produced some great passes to earn some vital points for us.

Fourteen points down, tactical rides, passes and a last-heat win for Sheffield, it was a brilliant night of speedway and I loved being involved in it.

Thank you for your great support and feedback and if you’ve never been to Owlerton get down there for a great night of entertainment. Thanks, Steady.