Born on 4th May 1985 in Prachatice, Czech Republic, Zdenek “Sam” Simota began riding speedway at the age of nine. The young rider rode for the first time in British Speedway in 2005 for Reading Racers as an injury replacement for Danny Bird.
After three successful seasons in the British Elite League with the Reading Racers (Reading Bulldogs), Zdenek Sam Simota joined Peterborough Panthers in 2008, however due to a serious neck injury during a competitive race in Hungary whilst riding for Polish side Orzel lodz. Sam spent the rest of the 2008 season recovering at home in the Czech Republic...
In 2009, a recovered Sam, successfully returned to competitive speedway and rode at home for AK Plzen, in Poland for Orzel Lodz and in Denmark for Brovst.
After, a five year absence from British Speedway, in 2014 Sam returned as a temporary replacement for the Australian Rider, Alex Davies for the Plymouth Devils. This temporary replacement turned into a season long fixture for Sam, helping the team finish ninth in the Premier league.
In 2015, Sam returned to the Plymouth Devils, where the devils reached the end of season play-offs for the first time in the clubs history but were unable to beat Glasgow Tigers over two legs to proceed through to the Semi-Finals.
In 2016, Sam returns to the St Boniface Arena for a third season with the Plymouth Devils looking to improve from last season with a winter packed training schedule and lots of testing, working on improvements to his bikes for the forthcoming season.
The highlights of his career so far was becoming the Czech Under-21 Champion in 2004 and reaching the World U21 Finals in 2006. He also reached the semi-final of the European Championships. He has been a meeting reserve in the Czech Speedway Grand Prix in 2006 and 2010. Sam has also represented his country in the World Team Cup on various occasions.