Steve Worrall’s strong work ethic is set to be tested to the limit this season as the Englishman prepares to ride in all three speedway divisions.
Worrall, who will also represent National League side Cradley Heath (West Midlands) and Elite League outfit Swindon Robins, was the first name on Edinburgh Monarchs’ 2014 team roster and makes his debut at Armadale tonight against Glasgow Tigers in the first leg of the Air Fence Challenge match for the Spring Trophy.
The 23-year-old could be a trump card at reserve and, while he doesn’t lack ambition, Worrall admitted he wouldn’t mind if he stayed at the tail-end for the whole year. He said: “I would like to move up into the main body of the team but realistically I would love to stay at reserve because of the opportunity of getting extra rides, which means more money.
“At some point, though, I would like to step up.”
A 12-point haul guesting for Ipswich at the back end of last season prompted Craig Cook to advise Monarchs to sign the St Helens-born star. But Worrall suggested his double-figure total was a bit fortuitous.
“At the time the Ipswich team was struggling and I was lucky enough to get some extra outings. I suppose to a degree there is some expectancy on me to do the same for Edinburgh.
“But I think we have a strong side so I might not get the chance to take extra races. Obviously if somebody is having an off night and I’m going well, then the chance may arise.”
Worrall looked very much at ease during Saturday’s practice session at Armadale. He added: “Luckily because I’m also competing in the Elite League and National League, I had done a few meetings ahead of the practice,” he said. “I was quite satisfied because my bikes were fine. I tried a few different things and after speaking to Craig I went a little better.
“Edinburgh have moved the starting gate back this season and this gives you a bit more room going into the first bend. It’s not about who can let the clutch out the fastest any more.”
Worrall insists that the fact the Glasgow contest is a challenge affair won’t dilute how he approaches the meeting. “A race is a race no matter what is at stake and you want to win all your races. There is a huge rivalry between Edinburgh and Glasgow. I haven’t looked at this year’s Glasgow side, but I know it has a few ex-Monarchs in it. We want a good lead to take to Ashfield on Sunday. I have had good and bad meetings through there, mostly bad. It depends on what the track is like and what the weather is like, but I’m hoping to go well.”
Worrall will have to make the 370-mile trip north for Monarchs’ home meetings after competing for Swindon on Thursday nights, but he says: “It won’t be a problem. I have a mechanic who will do the driving so I can get some sleep. I’m really looking forward and obviously we want to make sure we get off to a winning start in front of our own fans.”
Glasgow will be without their new No.1, Kevin Wolbert, who has been given permission to compete in the first round of the European Best Pairs Cup in Poland, so they have recruited Workington’s Ricky Wells as his guest replacement. The Tigers have had a massive clear-out after finishing bottom last year and Danish teenager Anders Thomsen is the only one to survive the cull. Young Frenchman Dimitri Berge is probably their most notable addition.