Stead goes from rider to team manager PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 November 2016

Simon Stead.jpgSHEFFIELD hero Simon Stead has announced his retirement after almost 20-years as a professional.

But Stead, a former Workington Comets favourite, is not walking away from Owlerton as he has been appointed the team manager for 2017.

Stead, who won two league titles and numerous other trophies in two separate spells at Owlerton, says injuries have finally taken their toll.

He is the reigning Premier League Riders’ Champion and in 2014 he represented Great Britain in the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup.

Stead, who will stage a Farewell meeting in 2018, said: “I was unsure about coming back last season, but to be honest I thought I had some unfinished business and I wanted to go out on a high.

“For me to win the Premier League Riders’ Championship was everything I wanted in September.

“That made my decision even easier because it meant I didn’t retire because I was injured, I came back and proved I was still one of the fastest riders around Owlerton and won a national title for the club and myself.”

Stead confirmed his retirement on Friday after a long line of injuries – but he will now take charge of the Tigers for their 2017 SGB Championship campaign.

Said Stead: “It’s sad to be retiring, but this gives me a new challenge. I’ve already helped lads like Josh Bates in the past and now I get the chance to work with the full team.

“I like the way the team is taking shape, we announced Josh Grajczonek on Friday and with Kyle Howarth and Josh back along with Lasse Bjerre and Jack Parkinson-Blackburn we have a good team.

“We’ve got two more places to fill later this week and we’re complete. It’s an exciting time for everyone at Sheffield Speedway.”

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