Speedway: Tigers star can’t wait for World Cup

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Sheffield star Ricky Wells says he cannot wait to line up for the USA for the 2013 Speedway World Cup in July.

Wells was part of a four-man US side that qualified for the World Cup on Monday as he scored 12 points in Hungary, including grabbing the points that secured their passage in the penultimate heat.

Wells is certain, barring injury, to be in the team that takes to the track at King’s Lynn on July 15 and he admits that it will be a special experience for him. He said: “I am so pumped up for it; it’s going to be a huge night and I am looking forward to it.

“We worked so hard to qualify, we had a a tough round out in Hungary but the team pulled together and we made it through for the second year in a row.

“That’s huge for us, especially because we were missing Greg (Hancock), so we stepped up to the plate and showed that we’re progressing.

“I rode in the World Cup last year in Poland and that was tough.

“We had three of the best countries in the world in our round and the track was so different to what we’re used to.

“This year we’re in England and we’ve all ridden the track, it will be a bit more to our liking and I’m sure we’re going to have plenty of support too.

“I think if everyone is on their game we will surprise a few people, for sure.

“Greg is world class, Ryan Fisher is good at King’s Lynn and really stepped up in the qualifier and then whoever the fourth guy is, either Gino Manzares or Billy Janniro, those guys will mix it.

“I am really looking forward to being a part of it again.”

Meanwhile, Sheffield’s challenge meeting with Dudley last night was postponed at around 4pm due to the rain. The Owlerton surface was simply too wet to repair and with more rain forecast, the decision was taken to call the meeting off before the gates opened. The Tigers next meeting is at home to Leicester next Thursday.