Injured Ricky is set to miss out

RICKY Ashworth is losing his fitness battle ahead of next week’s Premier League Riders’ Championship at Owlerton.

The former Sheffield number one, who was with the Tigers for 10 years, won the title in 2009 and won the right to represent current team Berwick after a fantastic season with the Borders club. He crashed a month ago and broke his shoulder, but had hoped to be back in time for the Premier League’s showpiece event on September 23.

However, a practice at Sheffield on Thursday didn’t produce the results he wanted. He said: “I’m not as good as I was hoping to be. I wanted to try and get a feel for the bike, but I’m in a lot of discomfort.

“It would be selfish of me to try and race if I won’t be able to compete because there are other guys who could have the place.

“It’s really disappointing because I’ve had a good year with Berwick and I’ve enjoyed it again, but one lapse in concentration and I’ve paid the price. The PLRC is a big meeting, I’ve missed out on a couple of occasions but it’s always been a meeting that I’ve been competitive in. I’m gutted, but at the moment there is nothing I can do.”