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Ricky Ashworth

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Ricky Ashworth
Ricky Ashworth 27-04-05.jpg
Born (1982-08-17) 17 August 1982 (age 39)
Salford, England
Nationality England
Current club information
British leagueBerwick Bandits/
Birmingham Brummies
Career history
2001–2011Sheffield Tigers
2004Peterborough Panthers
2005Poole Pirates
2012Berwick Bandits
2012Birmingham Brummies
Individual honours
2009PL Riders Championship
Team honours
2002PL Champions
2002PL KO Cup Champions
2002PL Playoff Champions

Richard David Ashworth (born 17 August 1982 in Salford, England)[1] is a former professional speedway rider who 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 motocross rider 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.

Ricky Ashworth at a Grass Meeting in Shrewsbury, England in 1999.
Ricky Ashworth at a Grass Meeting in Shrewsbury, England in 1999.

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 Tigers after 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 Panthers in 2004 and Poole Pirates in 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.

On 27 November 2008, it was announced that Ricky would once again ride for the Sheffield Tigers and also take over from Andre Compton as the Tigers Captain.

On 27 September 2009, on his home track, Ricky rode brilliantly to win the PL Riders Championship. He had top scored during the heats to gain automatic qualification to the Grand Final Heat where he was up against the riders Ty Proctor, Darcy Ward and David Howe. With an awesome start from inside gate-1 he rode from the front to win his first honours in this event at the first time of trying.

In 2010, Ricky doubled-up for Belle Vue Aces, along with retaining the captaincy for Sheffield Tigers.

On 14 October 2010, Ricky broke his existing Sheffield track record of 59.2 secs (54.56 mph) set on 21 May 2009 with a new time of 59.1 secs at a speed of 54.65 mph). This continues to maintain Sheffield's accolade as being the fastest track in the UK.

After being omitted from the Tigers team for 2012, Ashworth signed for Plymouth Devils,[2] but at the end of January 2012 announced that he would not be joining Plymouth for personal reasons.[3] The next day it was announced that he had signed for Berwick Bandits, replacing the injured Kozza Smith.[4]

In June 2012 he was added to Elite League Birmingham Brummies team in a doubling-up role.[5]

After suffering serious concussion earlier in the season, a crash at Scunthorpe in August 2013 left him in a coma for 91 days.[6]


  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-81-6
  2. ^ "Devils bag big name Tiger for 2012 season Archived 12 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine", Plymouth Herald, 16 December 2011, retrieved 2011-12-16
  3. ^ "Ashworth Quits Devils[permanent dead link]",, 31 January 2012, retrieved 2012-02-02
  4. ^ "Bandits Bring in No. 1",, 1 February 2012, retrieved 2012-02-02
  5. ^ "Ashworth Joins Birmingham[permanent dead link]",, 17 June 2012, retrieved 2012-06-17
  6. ^ "Ashworth Out of Coma",, 3 November 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013

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