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Simon Stead Speedway 2014

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”.

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Team GB, Stead gets the call – Monday 14th July

This morning team Great Britain boss Alun Rossiter announced the four riders and travelling reserve who will be representing their country at event 1 of the Speedway World Cup at the Norfolk arena on July 26th.

Simon Stead will be riding with pride in a team which also includes current world champion Tai Woffinden as captain, Chris ‘Bomber’ Harris who is a 2014 Grand Prix regular and finally the experience and on form Danny King. Craig Cook who was the wild card at the Millennium stadium on Saturday is also travelling with the team as the reserve.

The Great Britain Riders will know that the first event won’t be easy as they face a consistent Australian side, USA who are lead by the legendary Greg Hancock and an Italian side which is ready to race after winning the qualifying round in recent weeks. All teams in the group deserve their spot but the experience within the GB side and a huge home crowd advantage should boost the team and help them progress to the later rounds in Poland.

Simon Stead ready to go Image Provided by Jim West

Simon Stead ready to go – Image Provided by Jim West

Alun Rossiter had a lot to say on the Speedwaygb website – “I’ve picked the team on current form and Simon deserves to be in there, it’s as simple as that.

“He’s also got experience and I believe he will love the conditions and the atmosphere at King’s Lynn, he admits it’s a track he likes racing on.

“I’ve looked at his scores and had a long chat with him and he is well and truly up for it, in fact I spent time with him in Cardiff at the Grand Prix over the weekend and he was so happy you could tell how proud he was.

“There’s too much doom and gloom surrounding speedway and the British team in general, we’ve got the world champion in our team and in Harris, Stead and King they will represent their country with pride.”

Simon’s call up will be his 5th year representing Great Britain following performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. The only difference from previous years is that Steady is a man on red hot form, racing on a track he has plenty of experience around and is more ready than ever to show what he has still in the locker.

 

Quotes taken from – http://www.speedwaygb.co/news.php?extend.26103

Produced by DJR

 

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Weekly Roundup  30th June- 6th July

If the rest of the month continues like the start then Simon Stead will be a very happy man, although how do you top being called up to represent your country?
July saw a promising start for Simon with his efforts during the season so far earning him the call up to the 10 man Great Britain squad ahead of the 2014 Monster Energy Speedway World Cup.

On July 3rd British Speedway announced the Great Britain squad managed by Swindon Robins manager Alun Rossiter. The successful starting lineup ( yet to be announced) will be representing the nation in this year’s World Cup Tournament starting at the Norfolk Arena just 3 weeks away on July 26th.

Steady is not new to the possibility of representing his country as 4 previous outings in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 make him one of the most experienced riders in British speedways’ recent years.

Club wise the recent results give solid evidence as to why the Sheffield born rider is once again a GB man. The week started with a postponement against the Birmingham Brummies’ in an Elite league fixture where Simon would have been representing the Lions, unfortunately due to issues at the club the BSPA cancelled the meeting so that the club could concentrate on the concerning status behind closed doors.

Later on in the week there was the opportunity to test a batch of refreshed engines from Poland based, Ash-tech against Rye house in the Premier league. Simon managed to register a consistent 12 points with the updated gear but more importantly captained the team to a turnaround in recent form with a Sheffield 52-38 Win.

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To round off the week Leicester then had the home fixture against Manchester club the Belle Vue Aces, a team which Simon represented earlier in his career. The meeting was one of the best Elite league performances of the season for the Lions with Steady scoring 10 plus 1 bonus, only beaten once by an opposing rider. In the end a solid team performance resulted in a 56-36 win for Leicester with four of the Lions scoring a minimum of 9 points each Including fellow Sheffield rider young Josh Bates who ended his night with a very impressive 9 plus 1 from 4 heats as a fast track reserve.

A quick word from Steady “This week has been amazing for me and I’m really proud to once again be named in the Great Britain squad, my next aim is to continue working as hard both on and off the track to make my way into the final 4 for the 1st round in Norfolk.

Looking back on the team results I am really proud of both team victories, along with my personal performance that totalled over 20 points from the 2 meetings.

I would like to say thank you for all the kind messages from the fans this week regarding Sheffield, Leicester and the GB announcement. The continuous support from fans in speedway is the best in any sport and is a real boost for the riders.”

Weekly roundup produced by DJR.

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LATEST NEWS 

MARCH 17TH 2014 – SHEFFIELD PRACTISE DAY

It was great to be back on the Sheffield track today with my new team mates along with special guest and good friend boxing legend Ryan Rhodes.

 

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MARCH 15TH 2014 – LEICESTER SPEEDWAY PRESS DAY

A cheeky shot from Leicester Lion’s press day, taken by Steve Dixon

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MARCH 2ND – 7TH 2014 – POLAND TESTING

Poland practice. In the last couple of weeks I have stepped up my season preparation to the next level. In recent years I have rolled into March, but this year I have spent time practicing with world class riders so that now I am starting the season at full throttle. 

During the first week of March everyone based in the UK found it hard to put any practice laps in because of the weather, so I jumped in the van and met up with my engine tuner and good friend Ashley Holloway (Ash-Tech) in Poland.

Ash-tech is a very close friend and also my engine tuner, we have worked together for over 10 years.

In Poland myself, my uncle and Ash met up at Torun’s MotoArena, a speedway stadium which many people will know as one of the main venues on the Speedway Grand Prix calendar and the home of Unibax Torun.

With the venues outstanding facilities open for use it attracted many world class riders including the returning Russian Emil Sayfutindov and rising star Adrian Miedzinski. The opportunity to get back into the racing environment with these riders around me and with the professional support of Ash I took everything I needed from the practise and more.

My main concern when testing was to make sure that my equipment was sharp and my injuries weren’t giving me any pain. A couple of days prior to testing in Poland the Sheffield tigers team raced around Scunthorpe which was a great warm up and the track time is now coming thick and fast.

 

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FEB 15TH – SIMON STEAD ON BBC RADIO SHEFFIELD LIVE-ISH

Simon takes part in this weekends Live-ish with Sheffield Eagles chief exec Mark Aston and hosted by Harry Gration.

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FEB 2014 – STEADY SIGNS FOR LEICESTER LION’S

I am very happy to finally be aloud to announce that I will be returning to the Elite League in 2014 with the newly promoted Leicester lions!

Earlier in the closed season I announced that I will be a proud captain of the Sheffield tigers and that will not change at all. After my deal to stay at Sheffield was sorted Alan Jones (leicester promotor) contacted me to offer a place in the new look Leicester lineup.

My plan for next season was always to give everything I have and to show that despite my injury I am still able to challenge to best riders in British speedway. For a long time I didn’t think that I would make my return to the top tier for the start of the season but Leicester approached me to see how my return from injury was progressing and they fully understood that I am not only back to where I was before the crash but much fitter.

With me being the last rider signed to Leicester I had the advantage of seeing who I would be racing with, all the lads in the lineup are great riders and I am really looking forward to racing on a track where I have had good meets at premier level. I have signed on a 5.75 average which was rising to a 7.00 last year and that is my aim again this year, to boost my average and let the numbers reflect what I still have in the locker.

The Leicester team looks really fresh and all of the riders have a great balance of experience and potential. I am sure that the management will be looking to make the club solid at the top level within the first season, but I feel that the lineup looks solid and will be creating a few upsets against the elite league regulars.

My speedway calendar is now finally complete and it’s starting to look pretty busy, just how I like it! Most Thursday’s I will be up at Owlerton and most Saturdays I will be racing at Leicester, two great tracks which will be challenging but rewarding and two great teams who I can’t wait to race with!