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TAPES-UP: Birks is raring to go
ASHLEY Birks remains intent on returning to action on Thursday after taking a break from speedway to rest his injured hand.
The Yorkshireman broke his scaphoid while guesting for Leicester in July, but chose to ride through the pain as he looked to make his mark in what is his first season of Elite League racing.
After struggling through a number of meetings, Birks eventually decided he needed a break to allow his injury to heal, but is looking forward to making his track return when the Robins host Belle Vue on Thursday.
“My plan is still to come back and ride on Thursday and I’ve had my thumb in a half cast and it seems to be working,” he said.
“I’ve done plenty of stretches and been to see a physio to try and loosen things and see what position I need to put my thumb in, and it all seems to be going good so the week and a half off has done its job.
“When you watch your teams and watch the updates from the meetings it’s horrible because you want to be out there riding, but every speedway rider gets that because it’s part and parcel of the sport and having crashes.
“Fortunately both my teams have been doing well and I’m looking forward to coming back. I will be fully fit and there’s no excuses when I come back this time.”
Birks has spent his time away from the track working on his equipment, but believes he needs to invest in his bikes if he is to carry on his rapid progress since taking up the sport a little over three years ago.
“I’ve been working on my bikes to get them ready for this final push which is going to be so important and everything’s perfect, so I’m looking forward to getting on it and scoring points,” he said.
“When I started speedway my sponsors put everything into it and that’s what I’ve got because before I was riding motocross on a very tight budget and rode once every other week.
“In speedway you have to ride more than once a week which came as a bit of a shock and now three years down the line I’m doing it full-time with good equipment, although not much of it.
“I’ve got one good engine really for the Elite League and I would love to get another one for next year so I can give it a real good go.”
Anyone interest in sponsoring Birks can contact him by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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