Sheffield Tigers speedway youngster avoids serious injury in ‘nasty crash’

Josh Bates is optimistic that Tigers can impress this season. Photo: Andy Garner
Josh Bates is optimistic that Tigers can impress this season. Photo: Andy Garner

Sheffield youngster Josh Bates was relieved to escape without serious injury after a nasty crash against Redcar on Thursday.

The all-action 19-year-old was forced to withdraw from the Tigers’ victory over the Bears after tangling with Rafal Konopka in heat two.

The incident left the Owlerton outfit sweating on his fitness, although he declared himself fit to ride in the return fixture in Teesside just 24 hours later before rain saw the meeting postponed.

Despite feeling the effects of a heavy impact, he was pleased to avoid any major damage – and he is now looking to continue his promising start to the season.

Sheffield made it two wins out of two with a 47-40 triumph over Redcar, and Bates is now hoping to ensure they continue their fine form by piling up the points at reserve.

Said Bates: “I had a pretty big crash which is a bit of a setback, but I’m relieved not to suffer any bad injuries.

“I felt really bad after the crash and didn’t feel I could ride, but I woke up feeling much better. I’m still a bit sore but nothing more which is a relief.

“Hopefully I’ll be back feeling 100% soon and I can forget about it so I can carry on my good start. I’ve been happy with things so far. I’ve been riding quite well, especially at Sheffield.

“We’ve got a good team this year, the atmosphere is really good in the pits and we all bring out the best in each other. We are going to be tough to beat at home, so if we can pick up a few away I think we can have a really good year.”