Speedway: Sheffield Tigers must maintain high standards, says Todd Kurtz

Todd Kurtz leads Kyle Howarth, Aaron Summers and Nicolaj Busk Jakobsen in Tigers' win over Berwick
Todd Kurtz leads Kyle Howarth, Aaron Summers and Nicolaj Busk Jakobsen in Tigers' win over Berwick

Todd Kurtz says Sheffield cannot afford to let their standards slip as they prepare to face Glasgow at Owlerton tomorrow.

Kurtz had his best night of the season with a 13-point haul in last week’s bumper 58-32 win over Berwick to renew hope of a successful title defence.

And he said everyone needs to maintain that level of performance.

“The whole team needs to do well, not just me personally but I am feeling pretty good right now,” he said.

“I’ve been making some pretty fast starts and it’s always good to feel some fresh air out front.

“Everything worked perfectly for me and everything felt pretty spot on.”

He admits extra outings with Premiership Leicester are helping his performances due to more time on the bike.

“My weeks are filled in a bit more now,” he said. “Normally I’d be sat around for a week before I came to race again. It might not sound that long but in this game a week is like a month. Spending more time on the bike is definitely helping and I’m learning from racing in the top league.”

He says the win over Berwick has lifted the team as they look to go on a good run of results with the busiest spell of the season still to come.

Said Kurtz: “Last week we were like the Sheffield we know, definitely more like the Sheffield of last year.

“I mean that in the way we dominated the whole meeting with the top boys on fire and contributions from the rest of the team as well.

“If we keep firing like that going forward then we’re going to take some stopping.

“Glasgow is going to be tough, no doubt about that one, but we’re going good at home. They have riders who like the Sheffield track but we have to take the confidence we gained from last week forward into Glasgow.”