A HOMEGROWN PRODUCT
Stead is one of the top riders to come out of the UK in the past 15 years racing alongside the Worlds greatest stars. Stead is looking forward to stepping back into Sheffield’s Owlerton stadium in 2014 for the second year running as number one and captain.
“ There’s nothing better than the feeling of crossing the line first in front of your local supporters in your home town, it makes me immensely proud. Sheffield holds a special place in my heart. This season is going to be a great one..We promise to put on one hell of a show!” .
“Speedway bikes are powered by 500cc single cylinder engines, use fixed gears, have acceleration to match a F1 car, have NO brakes and virtually NO suspension. It takes a very special sort of bravery to broadside them around such a narrow track”.
Fixtures released and Testimonial Invites for 2015
In 2015 Simon will be back on a bike to continue his long racing career with a return to his home town side the Sheffield tigers in the premier league, as well as the Belle Vue Aces in the top tier of British speedway.
Both of his sides have recently declared their fixture list for the coming season which shows that the season is getting ever closer.
Sheffield will start their campaign on March 26th as they host local rivals the Scunthorpe Scorpions in the League Cup, a meeting which many fans will attend ahead of a promising season.
Belle Vue start slightly later in the year and Simon will have to wait until April 3rd when the Wolverhampton Wolves make the visit to Kirkmanshulme Lane. Simon rejoins the club which has given him many happy memories and a new challenge for the coming season.
Before the seasons official fixtures get under way the Yorkshire rider has been invited to attend a few special meetings to help cap significant moments in the careers of friends in the sport.
Rory Schlein, who is a good friend of Simon’s, will be celebrating over 10 years of riding in Britain with his testimonial on March 15th at the Norfolk Arena in Kings Lynn. Simon joins a world class line-up which includes Emil Sayfutindov, Chris Holder, Niels-Kristian Iversen, Jason Doyle and Olly Allen to name a few.
Rory Schlein said on his twitter that “My 7th rider for my meeting is Simon Stead. He and his family gave me loads of help when I first came over, one of my best friends”
On Sunday, March 29th Simon will also join fellow Brit’ Chris Harris at ‘Bomber’s Big Bang’ meeting in Coventry where Chris Harris will be hosting his testimonial. Simon will join the incomplete line-up alongside: Hans Andersen, Kenneth Bjerre, Kyle Howarth, Jason Garrity, Edward Kennett and Danny King.
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Stead Makes an Ace move
Simon Stead is excited to announce his return to the Belle Vue Aces and that he will represent the Manchester side as well as Sheffield throughout the 2015 season.
Stead last represented the Belle Vue Aces in 2007 and has since ridden at Coventry, Swindon, Kings Lynn and Leicester but feels that a return to Kirkmanshulme lane is exactly what he needs and is perfectly timed.
“I have enjoyed great success whilst riding for Belle Vue in the past but more importantly I always enjoyed myself. When the opportunity came about to return to the club I didn’t have to think much because I knew it was right for me.”
The Yorkshirman made one guest appearance in 2014 and that was for Belle Vue where he recorded a solid 10+1 points from 5 rides and proved that he still knows how to ride the technical track.
In 2015 Simon will be joining number one Matej Zagar and club captain Scott Nicholls in the main body of the team. Belle Vue have also announced the talented duo of Steve Worrall and Stefan Nielsen at reserve.
Co-promoter George Carswell is delighted to see the GB International return to Manchester.
He said: “We’re very pleased to have Simon back with us next season. He’s a professional rider who’s very well liked, and he always rides our track exceptionally well.
“He’d been on the cards to return to Belle Vue last year but because we’d already filled our maximum two double up spots in the top five he wasn’t able to.
“He already has a good relationship with the management and most of the guys we’ve already announced, which is a big plus in terms of team spirit and solidarity.
“And he’s just a great guy to have around. He’s experienced, we know he’s very capable and we have faith in his ability to do well for us.”
Last season was one the most successful seasons for Steady and he believes that it will be achievable to build upon that because of who he will be representing in 2015.
“Next year will be the last time that the (Belle Vue) Aces will ride at Kirkmanshulme lane so we all want the last season to be one fans remember. The teams total average has been raise so teams will be stronger for next year.”
“New team manager Mark Lemon is saying all the right things and the team looks like it has great potential. I can’t wait to get started with another season.”
“Now that all my pieces are in place for next year I’m ready to go and can’t wait to start racing. I’ve signed for two top sides that I know well, over the break I’ve invested in some new equipment and my mechanic will be the same so everything is in place.”
“2015 is approaching fast and I know what I need to do, my targets are set and I know how I’m going to achieve them. See you next year!” – Simon Stead
Final words from 2014
I would like to start by saying a massive thank you to both sets of supporters at Leicester and Sheffield, my sponsors, the management at both clubs and my personal team who have helped me produce one of the best seasons in my long career.
Without your support I know that I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy this season.
Looking back at the season I always knew it was going to be hard; some people may remember that my 2013 season ended prematurely but you may not have known that I was almost ready to walk away from the sport. At that point in my career I could barely think about getting back on a bike, let alone enjoying the success I’ve seen this season.
Luckily I signed with two fantastic clubs. Leicester Lions in the Elite League, a club writing new history with its recent reopening. And my local team Sheffield Tigers where it’s been an honour to lead the side out as captain for another season.
I am very proud of my season; I have put in numerous hours off the track in the gym with the guidance of Ryan Rhodes, and the team at FIT4IT Hybrid Gym. This extra work really has given me that winning edge.
Some of my proudest moments this year have been representing my country in the Speedway World cup, the first round was a dream start for me personally, and the whole team rode above themselves to put us straight through to the final. Although we didn’t see the same success when we got there we were extremely proud to raise Great Britain into 4th in the world rankings.
More recently I won the Premier League Riders’ Championship, a trophy I have wanted most of my career and one that has certainly been the hardest to get – a real cherry on the top of an unforgettable season.
I am also very thankful for the opportunity to work with Sky Sports and cover the Elite League playoffs. When the opportunity came about I didn’t have to think twice and I loved commentating on every moment. Thank you to Nigel Pearson and everyone at Sky Sports for the chance to be part of their team.
I couldn’t go without mentioning long term friend and trusted engine tuner Ashley Holloway of Ash-tech. Ash’ is a true gentleman whose expert guidance and support has allowed me to ride on the best bikes at ever meeting this year.
As well as Ash I have had continuous support throughout from my mechanic and close friend Jonny Bailey. His hard work behind the scenes and trackside has guaranteed that I was always riding the best prepared bikes in every meeting.
My job now is to maintain momentum going into next season and to prepare myself for another year of racing. I have big plans!
Once again thank you to everyone for the support and I look forward to seeing you all in 2015 for another season where we suit up and ride again.
Take care during the closed season,