Ash­worth re­cov­ers to set­tle for sec­ond

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - Sport -

Home star Ricky Ash­worth took sec­ond place on the ros­trum at one of speedway’s big­gest nights of the year at Sh­effield, the Premier League Rid­ers’ Cham­pi­onship – de­spite pick­ing him­self up from a crash which nearly ru­ined his chances.

Af­ter scorch­ing to three straight wins in his qual­i­fy­ing heats, he looked down and out when he fell heav­ily in his fourth out­ing, slam­ming into the Owler­ton safety fence.

But the Sh­effield Tigers ace picked him­self up to make sure of a place in the grand fi­nal by win­ning his fi­nal out­ing.

In the shoot-out, Ash­worth lined up against Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Ben Barker, Kauko Niem­i­nen and Sam Masters, but made a bad start as Som­er­set’s form man Masters shot from the tapes to win, although Ash­worth – win­ner of the ti­tle two years ago – did bat­tle his way through to sec­ond to take some con­so­la­tion.

Sh­effield’s Shane Parker, the pre-meet­ing favourite, had a bad night, card­ing only eight points.

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