SPEEDWAY News and fixtures

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SHEFFIELD skipper Ricky Ashworth is targeting a repeat of one of his best-ever results in Sunday’s Premier League Riders’ Championship.Ashworth won the event two years ago, and joins team-mate Shane Parker as one of two home representatives at Owlerton along with a host of Premier League big guns with all clubs represented.Ashworth said: “I remember what it meant to me when I won it, it’s one of the highlights of my career and I would love to do it for a second time. I’m feeling confident, I see no reason why I can’t win.“I’m sure we will have a fantastic following with Sheffield fans making lots of noise. Sheffield is like the home of the PLRC these days, it always attracts a big crowd and I’m looking forward to it.”

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POOLE skipper Davey Watt is winning his race to be fit for the second leg of the Pirates’ Elite League play-off semi-final on Monday.Watt missed the trip to King’s Lynn earlier this week due to shoulder and thumb injuries, but he should be back for the return fixture where his side will need to pull back a three-point deficit with Eastbourne or Lakeside awaiting the winners.Watt said: “Things are going well and it is looking good right now. I have been having plenty of physio and lots of ice to assist with the healing. “I want to be back for Monday and I want to do my bit for the club. It’s a big meeting and one I really want to be involved in on the track not just from the pits."(SPEEDWAY 3)

COVENTRY owner Avtar Sandhu says he wants to see the club grow in future - after announcing his intention to sell.Sandhu, who owns the stadium and will continue to run car racing at Brandon, has invited enquiries for the Bees on either a full sale or a season-by-season lease.He said: “As far as I am concerned all the talk of the club closing its doors to speedway is not correct. All I wish to do is sell the club so it can continue to grow and prosper. “In fact, the statement has been made now to give maximum amount of time for potential buyers to come forward and to stop speculation about what I may or may not do with the team.”(SPEEDWAY 4)

SUPPORTERS are in for a treat this weekend as they will be able to watch the Croatian Grand Prix on Sky Sports free-of-charge.It promises to be an exciting event as Saturday's meeting in Gorican could see fans favourite Greg Hancock crowned World Champion. With just two rounds to go the American leads nearest challenger Jarek Hampel by a massive thirty-one-points and needs just eighteen more to clinch his second title. The 41-year-old last experienced gold in 1997. The action gets underway on Sky Sports HD4 at 6pm and will go on the red button at 7pm - and it's all free-to-air for non Sky Sports subscribers.

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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23:PREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Somerset 7.30, Scunthorpe v Newport 7.30 MIDLAND CUP 2nd leg: Coventry v Birmingham 8pm

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24:PREMIER LEAGUE: Leicester v Redcar 7.30, Newport v Scunthorpe 7pm, Rye House v Sheffield 7pm, Workington v Ipswich 7pm NATIONAL LEAGUE: Stoke v Newport 7.30 FENCE FUND CHALLENGE TROPHY: Berwick v Edinburgh’s Tartan Army 7pm

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25:PREMIER LEAGUE RIDERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP: Sheffield 5pm NATIONAL LEAGUE: Newport v Scunthorpe OFF NATIONAL LEAGE KO CUP FINAL 1st leg: Mildenhall v Stoke 4.30 BRITISH YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 6: Stoke 1pm