Darcy Ward: Poole Pirates rider has 'learnt a lot' during suspension

Darcy Ward
Ward failed an alcohol test at the 2014 Latvian GP in August

Poole Pirates rider Darcy Ward says he has "learnt a lot" during his 10 month ban for failing a breathalyser test.

Pirates manager Neil Middleditch has said the Australian will find it hard to get back into Elite League team.

The former world under-21 champion's suspension ends on 28 June.

"It's been a positive time off the bike. I've learnt a lot, got to see a lot of stuff that I wouldn't normally and seen things a lot differently," Ward told BBC Radio Solent.

"If I was on the bike and went on to be world champion last year, or on the podium, I probably would've thought I could do anything."

Ward watched on as the Pirates beat King's Lynn 58-34 to go top of the Elite League.

The 23-year-old was also forced to sit out as the Dorset side won the 2014 title.

"I went home to Australia. I'm lucky I don't have to work, having the lifestyle I do, so I had a good time and travelled a bit," added Ward.

"I've realised there are things I need to improve on. I look forward to a steady career now."

Ward has said he intends to remain with Polish team Torun and Swedish side Piraterna, though is considering a loan move away from Poole.

"I'm comfortable with not riding here. Obviously I want to, but I don't want to intrude.

"I've had quite a bit of (English) interest. I've got a couple weeks to decide but time isn't on my side as other clubs need to make decisions too."

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