Ashworth and Parker homing in on success

Ricky Ashworth is pictured left and Shane Parker right.
Ricky Ashworth is pictured left and Shane Parker right.

Shane Parker and Ricky Ashworth hope to make home advantage pay when they take part in the biggest individual event on the Premier League calendar.

The Sheffield Tigers duo go head-to-head against top riders in a battle for the Premier League Riders’ title at Owlerton on Sunday (5pm start).

While fans will be hoping one of them can make it a ‘home’ celebration, Tigers boss Eric Boocock feels the event is wide open.

He said: “There are plenty of riders in the meeting who can win it. It’s hard to find someone who won’t be in the reckoning.

“There are lads who might not win it but certainly can be spoilers.

“I don’t want to tip Shane Parker or Ricky Ashworth to win.

“There’s a lot of pressure on them because they’re expected to do well and the majority of fans think they’ll have home track advantage.

“People will always say it favours Sheffield riders and maybe it does. There are other arguments but surely we have to do the right thing and stage it at a track which is one of the best in the sport, will get a good crowd and provides fair racing.

“I don’t think there’s a better stadium or racetrack in the league and that’s not being biased, it’s telling the truth. If you want to have a go here then you can, not like at some tracks.”

Draw: Jason Doyle (Newport), Ben Barker (Plymouth), Aaron Summers (Redcar), Shane Parker (Sheffield), Kevin Wolbert (Edinburgh), Charlie Gjedde (Newport), Mark Lemon (Newcastle), Sebastian Alden (Berwick), Sam Masters (Somerset), Kauko Nieminen (Leicester), Rusty Harrison (Workington), Kevin Doolan (Ipswich), Joe Screen (Glasgow), Tero Aarnio (Scunthorpe), Ricky Ashworth (Sheffield), Jordan Frampton (Rye House).

Tigers go to Glasgow next Monday and then host Workington three days later.