New team photo
photograph by Geoff Ridsdale
Jason Garrity, Dmitri Berge, Simon Stead, Josh Bates, Kyle Howarth
Nathan Greaves (kneeling) Richard Hall
not in photo... Arthur Sissis

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Josh Bates
Josh Bates Born: Barnsley South Yorkshire 1st February 1996
Opening CMA May CMA June CMA July CMA Aug CMA Sep CMA Oct CMA
5.58 6.02 5.86 6.07 5.86 5.46

Josh gained a wealth of experience over the winter in Australia and continued to make good progress in 2015 riding in all three Leagues for Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Sheffield. He surrendered his U21 British crown, being pipped at the post by Kyle Howarth who ironically is his new Tigers team mate.

Josh joins another of his Tigers team mates, Jason Garrity doubling up with Elite League Coventry in 2016. For the Tigers he starts in the no.4 race jacket with the personal target of adding another 2 points to his average.

Josh regained his U21 British title on his home track in April ahead of Robert Lambert and Adam Ellis, and then scored 12 at Pocking (Germany) to qualify for the World U21 final, but then dislocated his collarbone in the home meeting against Glasgow.

He fnished 6th at he U21 final first leg at King's Lynn but then was thrown from his machine when the tapes caught his helmet in the Redcar match leaving him suffering from concussion.

Official meetings average in 2016 = 5.29

photograph by: Geoff Ridsdale Fastest time at Owlerton in 2016:  60.4  14 July
Fastest time at Owlerton in 2015: 60.8  30 July & 6, 27 August
Highest scores: Home 13+2 v Newcastle (Play Off semi) Away 10+2 v Berwick (PL)
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Dmitri Berge
Dmitri Berge Born: Marmande France 5 February 1996
Opening CMA May CMA June CMA July CMA Aug CMA Sep CMA Oct CMA
4.14 4.58 5.38 6.59 7.06  7.09

Dmitri is the 20 year-old son of former rider Philippe Berge. He is already a multiple World Champion having won the 2009 125cc Grass track, and the 2012 250cc Longtrack titles. He also finished on the rostrum in the 250cc Speedway final that same year.

Having qualified for the 2014 World Longtrack Grand Prix he than suffered internal injuries riding for Glasgow against Peterborough. After a lengthy spell out of action he then crashed in a Longtrack Grand Prix practice breaking his arm and ending his season.

Dmitri returned for the Glasgow Tigers in 2015 until a dip in form saw him ask to be released due to a "loss of confidence". He soon regained it and saw the season out riding for Redcar. When the 'Bears' visited Owlerton in August he defeated Brady Kurtz on his way to a paid eight point score.

Dmitri has taken a liking to the Owlerton circuit and has formed a striking partnership with skipper Simon. With confidence soaring he is carrying his form away with him too. Dmitri won the rain shortened World U21 qualifier at Belle Vue riding unbeaten and setting a new track record in the process.

Current average from official fixtures in 2016 = 6.85

photograph by: Geoff Ridsdale Fastest time at Owlerton in 2016: 59.8  26 May
Fastest time at Owlerton in 2015: 61.4  28 August
Highest scores: Home 14+1 v Peterborough (PL) Away 12+1 v Rye House (PL)
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Jason Garrity
Jason Garrity Born: Droylsden Greater Manchester 9th November 1993
Opening CMA May CMA June CMA July CMA Aug CMA Sep CMA Oct CMA
8.46 8.58 8.40 8.44 8.44 8.43

Jason was British U15 Champion in 2008 before joining the Buxton Hitmen in 2009. He was British U19 Champion and National League Riders Champion in 2011 while riding for the Belle Vue Colts and the Leicester Lions. He rode the Rye House Rockets for the next three years and represented them at the PLRC in 2014 scoring 6 points.

Unable to find a Premier League berth in 2015 Jason was concentrating on his Elite League commitments for Coventry until being invited to join the Tigers as cover for the injured David Bellego. The move to Owlerton obviously suited Jason who seemed to enjoy riding for us almost as much as the fans appreciated his never-say-die style.

Jason has made a steady if unspectacular start to 2016 but was improving his average until taking a heavy tumble riding for Coventry against Lakeside in May. He missed the away win at Scunthorpe but bounced back in style top scoring both home and away against the Workington 'Comets'.

Jason saved the day at home against Newcastle in June and his 15 point maximum saw his 2016 average eclipsing Simon Stead! Then a fall in the British final injured his arm, and he aggravated it while guesting at Leicester the following weekend which probably cost us an away win at Redcar.

Current average from official fixtures in 2016 = 8.48

Maximums:  Full: 2 Home.   Paid: 1 Home.

photograph by: Geoff Ridsdale Fastest time at Owlerton in 2016: 60.3  4  August
Fastest time at Owlerton in 2015: 60.5  30 July
Highest scores: Home 15 (max) v Newcastle & Ipswich (PL) Away 14 v Leicester (ILCH)
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Nathan Greaves
Nathan Greaves Born: Sheffield South Yorkshire 24th February 1998
Opening CMA May CMA June CMA July CMA Aug CMA Sep CMA Oct CMA
3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00

Chesterfield based Nathan started riding motorbikes at a very early age. He entered the 250cc U16 British Championship in 2010 and won the final round at Plymouth to finish 2nd overall. He went one better becoming U16 Champion in 2011, and then won both 250 and 500cc Championships in 2012. Concentrating on just the 500cc he successfully defended his title in 2013. He was the youngest fast-track rider in 2014 when he joined Elite League Swindon while winning medals for the National Shield, League, K.O. Cup and the Fours with Cradley. Back with Cradley in 2015, but now at Perry Barr, he also signed for Premier League Workington and was going well until breaking his leg at Derwent Park in the match against Rye House.

Quick starting Nathan has found himself lacking power around the spacious Owlerton track but continues to improve and is well received by the Owlerton faithful. He wrote himself into the record books by winning the first ever official race at the new Belle Vue National Speedway Centre.

Average from official fixtures = 2.37

photograph by: Geoff Ridsdale Fastest time at Owlerton in 2016: 62.5  9 June
Fastest time at Owlerton in 2015: n/a  n/a
Highest scores: Home 6 v Scunthorpe (LC) Away 4+2 v Newcastle (PL)
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Richard Hall
Richard Hall Born: Northallerton North Yorkshire 23rd August 1984
Opening CMA May CMA June CMA July CMA Aug CMA Sep CMA Oct CMA
4.04 3.80 n/a n/a n/a

Richard joined the Prowlers from Newcastle in 2002 and was soon drafted into the Tigers squad as cover for the injured Ben Wilson. He started 2004 at reserve but finished the injury ravaged season in the no.3 jacket. He had a good solid season as second-string in 2005 and was challenging Ricky Ashworth for the third heat-leader berth, but this made him a victim of the average trap and there was no place for him in there Tigers 2006 squad.

Stepping up into the Elite League he earned a winners medal with the Peterborough Panthers, but was released from their 2007 side and then days later broke his pelvis and foot competing in the Garry Stead Grand Prix. Back into the Premier League in 2008 with Scunthorpe and a good season saw him being recalled to the Tigers in 2009. He put half a point on his average but again finished the season injured. In 2010 he shaded Josef Franc for the third heat leader slot and once again had to look further field.

He started 2011 as the skipper of the Leicester Lions but was released when his Longtrack commitments caused him to miss too many meetings, and he finished back at Scunthorpe covering for the injured Viktor Bergstrom. He captained the Tigers in 2012 but failed to improve his average with poor away form. A dislocated shoulder sustained at Berwick in 2013 seemed not to affect his Longtrack results while at the same time his speedway form dipped lower and lower and he eventually relinquished his team place to André Compton.

Richard started the 2014 season with Redcar but received a 30 day ban and lost his team place before finishing the season back at Peterborough. Berwick offered Richard a team place in May 2015 but it was the Longtracks which held his interest. He led the GB team to our first ever Longtrack World Team Cup victory in June and finished second in the German Grand Prix in September, but finished the speedway season as a Bandits reserve, hence his lowly starting position for the 2016 Tigers.

Richard struggled to find form, especially away from home (with the exception of Scunthorpe) he was released in favour of a revitalized Arthur Sissis. Twenty four hours later Richard shocked everyone by defeating Josh Bates in the British Semi-final run-off at Scunthorpe to qualify for the British Final at Belle Vue. Included in his scalps was that of Chris Harris!

Official meetings average = 3.89

photograph by: Geoff Ridsdale Fastest time at Owlerton in 2016: 62.2  21 April
Fastest time at Owlerton in 2015: n/a n/a
Highest scores: Home 6+3 v Ipswich (LC) Away 8+3 v Scunthorpe (LC)
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Kyle Howarth
Kyle Howarth Born: Ashton-under-Lyne Greater Manchester 11th February 1994
Opening CMA May CMA June CMA July CMA Aug CMA Sep CMA Oct CMA
6.98 6.81 6.91 7.10 7.22 6.95

Kyle was an accomplished grasstrack and motocross competitor before turning his attention to amateur speedway in 2008. On his debut for the Scunthorpe Saints in 2009 he scored 13+2 and he finished runner up in the British Under-15 championship. Signing for Poole Pirates in 2010 he rode for Bournemouth Buccaneers in the National League, guested for the Somerset Rebels in the Premier and took third place in the British Under-18 Championship.

All change in 2011 as he joined Belle Vue in the National League, and Edinburgh Monarchs in the Premier. After a winter riding in Australia where he won the Queensland Under-21 Championship he joined Poole Pirates in the Elite League and Workington Comets in the Premier League in 2012.

Swindon and Workington have been his clubs for the last couple of seasons but it is all change for 2016 as he has joined the Elite League Wolverhampton Wolves and the Tigers in the Premier.

Kyle's last visit to Owlerton was with the Comets last August when, riding as No.1 he only managed four third places, but surely the reason for his selection was for his previous experience on circuits where the Tigers have a very poor record. Let's hope the home fans get behind him and give him time to get to grips with his new home circuit.

Official meetings average from 2016 = 7.20

photograph by: Geoff Ridsdale Fastest time at Owlerton in 2016: 60.3  14 September
Fastest time at Owlerton in 2014: 63.3  7 August
Highest scores: Home 14 v Peterborough (PL) Away 17+1 v Rye House (PL)
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Arthur Sissis
Arthur Sissis Born: Adelaide Australia 15th June 1995
Opening CMA May CMA June CMA July CMA Aug CMA Sept CMA Oct CMA
n/a 3.71 3.70 3.67 3.92 3.79

Arthur rode junior moto cross before taking up speedway at the age of 9. He was Australian U16 champion in 2008 and 2009 and finished second to Brady Kurtz in 2010 before electing to take up road racing in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. Three victories in 2011 at Jerez, Mugello and Assen saw him finish 2nd in the championship and gained him a ride in the Malaysian Grand Prix where he finished 20th. 2012 saw him join the Red Bull KTM Ajo team with whom he claimed a podium finish at his home Grand Prix at Phillip Island in October.

After some disappointing recent results Arthur has decided it's time to try his luck back in speedway racing and a long time association with Neil Machin resulted in him joining the Tigers for 2015.

After a steady if unspectacular start to the season Arthur showed his mettle in the challenge match against Cradley when he raced to his first ever maximum. In his best performance of the season Arthur raced to paid 14 at Berwick and set up a last heat decider. Tommy Jorgensen fell in front of Arthur who had nowhere else to go and he collected a separated collar bone which ended his season.

After a lengthy recuperation Arthur returned to replace the struggling Richard Hall. Question marks concerning his fitness after nearly 8 months out of the saddle were laid to rest when he raced to victory in his first race against the Glasgow Tigers.

Official meetings average from 2016 = 3.88

photograph by: Geoff Ridsdale Fastest time at Owlerton in 2016: 60.3  29 September
Fastest time at Owlerton in 2015: 60.4

 30 July

Highest scores: Home 7+2 v Somerset (PL) Away 9+1 v Redcar (PL)
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Simon Stead
Simon Stead Born: Sheffield South Yorkshire 25th April 1982
Opening CMA May CMA June CMA July CMA Aug CMA Sep CMA Oct CMA
10.41 10.00 9.59  9.59   8.97 8.43
Simon cut his teeth on the old Sheffield Training track before signing for Peterborough Thundercats shortly after his birthday in 1997. Moving up to the Premier League he helped Peterborough to championship success in 1998, but joined the Tigers when Peterborough went up to the Elite League in 1999. Simon made it back-to-back championship wins as he helped his home town team to the title. In 2001 he became British U21 champion with a 15 point maximum at Monmore Green and he defended his title the following year while helping the Tigers to more championship success.

Simon joined Workington for the 2003 season doubling up with Wolverhampton in the Elite. He won the Premier Pairs title with Carl Stonehewer and made it a hat-trick of British U21 wins. Stepping up to the Elite League he joining Belle Vue in 2005, won the Elite Pairs with Jason Crump in 2006 and was given a wildcard at the British Grand Prix. By 2007 he had progressed to heat-leader and was loaned to Coventry for 2008. In 2009 he transferred to Swindon where he enjoyed a testimonial meeting in 2012 and helped the Robins to their first ever Championship win beating the Poole Pirates in the play-off final.

Simon returned to his home town club in 2013 but a badly broken leg in a crash while practicing at his Elite club King's Lynn made him miss half of the season.

Good form in 2014 with both Sheffield and Leicester in the Elite league led to him being called up to represent his country in the Speedway World Cup. A magnificent 10 points at King's Lynn helped Britain qualify directly to the final for the first time in years.

Simon, now a full Sheffield asset and doubling up with Belle Vue in 2015, started the season in fantastic form and led the Tigers to wins in all six opening fixtures including a rare away win at Rye House. Unfortunately in the last heat of that meeting at Hoddesden he clipped the fence while leading heat 15, somersaulted back into the path of his team mate and suffered a broken femur and upper arm.

Simon suffered concussion after a fall in the Ben Fund meeting and missed the clashes against Leicester at the start of the season. Paid maximums at Peterborough, and home against Glasgow were followed with a top of the podium finish in the fantastic cut and thrust British semi-final at Scunthorpe.

Official meetings average in 2016 = 8.39

Maximums:   Paid: 1 Home, 1 Away.

photograph by: Geoff Ridsdale Fastest time at Owlerton in 2016: 59.2  14 July
Fastest time at Owlerton in 2014: 60.0  24 July
Highest scores: Home 16+1 v Plymouth (PL) Away 14+1 v Peterborough (PL)
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