Just a week to go until the PLRC at Sheffield!
Photo by BSPASun 04 Sep 2016
Issued by the BSPA Press Office
SHEFFIELD skipper Simon Stead is determined to put in a strong challenge for another Premier League Riders' Championship title.
The Owlerton hero lines up in the showpiece event on Sunday September 11th (5.30pm) looking to repeat his 2014 triumph after serious injury prevented him from defending the crown last year. But Stead knows he faces a tough test in one of the strongest-ever line-ups for the competition, including three of Great Britain's World Cup silver medallists.
Ipswich skipper Danny King, Peterborough's Craig Cook and Newcastle starlet Robert Lambert will all be highly fancied for glory and Cook is another previous winner of the event.
Stead said: “I'm definitely looking forward to the PLRC. It's the pinnacle individual event at this level, so I'll be going all out to try and perform well.
“It was really frustrating not to be able to take part due to injury last year, especially after winning it the year before.
“It's the toughest line-up I think I've seen for a long time, and looking through the line-up you just can't pick a winner. With the talent that's in there it's clear it's going to be a very difficult meeting, and I know I'm going to have to be at my very, very best to have a chance.
“I'll keep taking one meeting at a time for Sheffield and keep working on things so that hopefully I'm firing on all cylinders come September 11th.
“It's been an up and down season and I've been having a few issues, but I feel although I'm getting there, especially at home, in the last few weeks. I know that on my day I'm capable of beating anyone at Owlerton, but it will be one of those where I need everything to come together pretty perfectly on the night if I'm going to come out on top.”
Stead is one of two Sheffield riders in the meeting with the spectacular Jason Garrity also expected to be amongst the challengers.
Newcastle and Glasgow also have two riders with Lambert to be joined by Steve Worrall for the Diamonds, whilst Aaron Summers and Richard Lawson both line up for Glasgow. All 13 Premier League clubs are represented as follows:
PLRC DRAW: 1. Steve Worrall (Newcastle), 2. Craig Cook (Peterborough), 3. Jack Holder (Plymouth), 4. Edward Kennett (Rye House), 5. Sam Masters (Edinburgh), 6. Jason Garrity (Sheffield), 7. Danny King (Ipswich), 8. Aaron Summers (Glasgow), 9. David Bellego (Redcar), 10. Richard Lawson (Glasgow), 11. Robert Lambert (Newcastle), 12. Josh Auty (Scunthorpe), 13. Kevin Doolan (Berwick), 14. Simon Stead (Sheffield), 15. Josh Grajczonek (Somerset), 16. Ricky Wells (Workington).
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Last Updated : Mon 05 Sep 2016, 00:45 UK