Ashworth continues to make recovery

Berwick Bandits Speedway'Ricky Ashworth
Berwick Bandits Speedway'Ricky Ashworth

Ricky Ashworth remains in hospital, almost eight months after his crash at Scunthorpe.

The former Berwick captain, sustained head injuries when he fell racing for the Bandits at the Lincolnshire track last August.

A statement issued by the club this week says the Manchester-based rider ‘continues to make slow recovery.’

“His dad Dave has reported he’s doing well, but is yet to regain his full strength with regard to drinking, eating or walking, as well as suffering a bit of occasional short term memory loss,” said the statement.

“He is still in hospital, and it will be a number of months before he might be considered well enough to leave the rehabilitation ward and continue treatment at home.”

Ashworth spent 91 days in a coma following the accident. He was initially hospitalised in Hull before being transferred to a unit nearer his home in Salford.

Dave Ashworth thanks everyone for understanding Ricky’s current problems. He said: “Ricky isn’t sleeping at night, making him extremely tired and not always able to attend his rehabilitation and other sessions to the full.”

“This has at times stressed and agitated Ricky, who remains amazed, overwhelmed, shocked and sometimes tearful about the level of support of the great speedway ‘family’.”

The statement concluded: “Ricky has asked Dave to give everyone a massive ‘thank you’ and hopes he will soon be able to travel to thank Berwick’s wonderful supporters in person.”