- Ricky Ashworth
Infobox Speedway rider
ridername= Ricky Ashworth
nationality = flagicon|England
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1982|8|17
years = 2001-present
Sheffield Tigers Peterborough Panthers Poole Pirates
teamhonour = PL Champions
PL KO Cup Champions
PL Playoff Champions
teamyear = 2002
Richard (Ricky) David Ashworth (born
17 August 1982in Salford, England) [Oakes, P.(2004). "British Speedway Who's Who". ISBN 0-948882-81-6] is a professional speedway rider for Sheffield Tigerswho has represented Great Britain.
Son of David Ashworth and Mandy Winnard, Ricky was raised in
Salford(originally from Irlam) and went to Summerville County primary school and then on to Hope High School. He started his racing career on a Yamaha PW 50cc and Kawasaki K100 as a motocrossrider up to the age of 10, changing his bike career to grass track racing after experiencing financial difficulties due to the spiralling cost of privately owning and maintaining motocross bikes. While gaining a high reputation for himself during his grass track days, Ricky was introduced to speedway. After a couple of practice sessions on a speedway bike he was talent-spotted by Belle Vue Colts. He quickly signed for Premier League side Sheffield Tigersafter just 12 months in the sport. He has since gone on to establish himself as a heat leader at the Owlerton club and has also experienced Elite League racing while doubling up with Peterborough Panthersin 2004 and Poole Piratesin 2005.
In 2006, Ashworth was given the number 1 jacket following the retirement of Sean Wilson and some of his best meetings came when he took on the captaincy following
Andre Compton's absence. He retained the number 1 slot for the 2007 season. He took part in the Premier League Fours event in Peterborough, but fell on his first race while attempting to overtake.
In 2008 Ricky became the first rider in the history of the sport not to wave at the away fans in a meeting at Coventry.
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