Date of Birth: 27/07/1991
Birth Place: Auckland, New Zealand
Official Website: www.rickywellsracing.com
We’ve always called Ricky Wells “The best Visitor” at Armadale but he isn’t a visitor any more as he has joined the Monarchs for 2017.
In 2016 knocked in 13 for his own team Workington (winning heat 15 from Masters and Fisher), 9 points guesting for Sheffield, and reached the final of Ryan Fisher’s Flyin Tonight Testimonial.
Ricky was born in New Zealand but qualifies to ride for the USA, and came to the UK in 2009 going straight into the Elite League with Coventry. It was a tough baptism but he has grown in stature over the years, becoming one of the top men in the Premier League (now the Championship).
He has always liked Armadale and said “It’s definitely overdue, I think that’s the word for it, I said to John I think I should have been at Edinburgh a couple of years ago, but it’s happened now. I had a good time at Workington, no complaints there, sure it’s a bit of a shame to leave but once I sorted a deal out with Edinburgh I was very excited and I’m looking forward to the start of the season now.”
He knows he is regarded as an Armadale specialist, and added “Everyone seems to think that so it’s up to me to make that happen! It’s always been a place that I’ve enjoyed riding, I’ve never had too many issues riding it. Some people don’t like it but I’ve always loved it, I was quite lucky and found a good setup there.
He aims to have the best of equipment and a lot of the preparation for that is already done. “I’ve got one new bike. I only used one bike last season. Everything will be fresh, I got a new engine sent over here to Australia so that I can do some practising. I’ve always been on good stuff, you need to be to do well. The top riders aren’t going good and scoring points on bad equipment.
“I’m coming over on 20th February but I got quite a bit done before I left so that I can enjoy the sunshine here before I have to head off to the UK!”