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Vince last won the day on August 22

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  1. No way you can have a concrete starting pad, the dirt will disappear from either side leaving a big ridge to get over, especially on smaller tracks riders are often sideways at that point as well. I've long said I think you should get choice of gates (1&3 or 2&4) when x points behind rather than any sort of tactical scheme. Maybe the start line should be slightly slanted with gate 4 a foot or two further forward than gate one. As for the statistics on gate success I think you need to know who goes onto the back straight in the lead rather than race winners.
  2. I don't think the FIM know what Speedway is!
  3. Appalling decision by the Ref that gives every appearance of being corrupt but the whole start situation was made worse by a start marshall who must have wanted his 15 minutes of fame. He was such a pain in the arse that by that stage of the meeting everybody had learned to ignore him.
  4. Round 3 of the BMR Flat Track series at Rye House runs Saturday 25/8/18. Racing from midday, entrance for spectators is £5, burger bar is usually open and there has been some good racing at the first two rounds. Classes for pro/ expert, restricted/ intermediate, rookie/ novice, minibikes and vintage. If you come along say hi to the old fart riding No 95 in the pro class if you aren't too embarrassed to be seen with him after seeing him ride.
  5. Vince

    Plan to save the Sport

    It'll never work with 4 valve bikes, re-introduce the DT Douglas and the plan is perfection.
  6. Saturday 28th July sees round 2 of the Rye House Flat Track championship. Pro class at round 1 was won by ex Rye Speedway rider Rob Mear at a canter from some old fart with ex European Trials Champion Alexz Wigg in third. There are also classes for Intermediates, Rookies and mini bikes. Round 1 was an enjoyable event with some excellent racing. Meetings also on 25th August, 29th September and 20th October. Not sure of spectator cost but I'll find out.
  7. Vince

    Cardiff 2018 21st July

    In all their years in the 500 GP series I can't remember Honda ever having a mechanical failure, every breakdown was due to the ignition
  8. Vince

    Cardiff 2018 21st July

    Learn something new every day, I had no idea the ignition controlled the fuel tap! Good GP, despite a completely incompetent ref doing his best to ruin it.
  9. Vince

    Jonathan Chapman - It's Your Time

    I thought the article in the Star was excellent and when Peter Oakes talks about Speedway it's a good time to stop talking and listen. I doubt if there is anybody on here who has seen Speedway from as many angles as Peter and he's a clever bloke as well. He won't have just pulled the name ha suggests out of a hat, he clearly knows the man and thinks he could do a good job (as always that's if he was allowed to). For me that is a good enough recommendation.
  10. Vince

    William Dunlop

    Very sad news, understand the racers mentality but the price for the rest of their family, especially his mother is beyond belief.
  11. Vince

    Rye House 2018

    If they didn't intend paying any money that may or may not be outstanding wouldn't they have bankrupted the company? There's a whole lot of speculation based on very little knowledge here. Before anybody says they should have all the facts many companies have problems and don't advise all their customers of the financial issues. If you are personally owed money then you've every right to contact them and ask questions but otherwise while you may be greatly disappointed the details aren't really relevant. I'm sure more detail will come out in time but I can't see paying a few quid every week or as with most asking questions sitting at a computer and never putting a penny into the coffers entitles us to know the ins and outs of promoters or riders finances. Like riders wages when they are discussed a lot of the guesswork is out of the country let alone the ballpark.
  12. Vince

    Rye House 2018

    I also think it was very unfair on Philip, however there is a huge difference between him and Rob McCaffrey who, however good his intentions, is abusive and has no respect for any opinion other than his own as far as I can see.
  13. Vince

    Rye House 2018

    If you do away with averages far from getting a huge crowd when the 'big' clubs turn up you will decimate your fan base the rest of the year and even if crowds increase by 20% for the big club it will be a poor turnout. One proven fact with Speedway (like most team sports) is that winning at home brings the best crowds so you have to do that the majority of the time. As much as I'm in favour of producing tracks that provide good, fair racing if I were a Promoter in need of as much income as possible I'd be providing my riders with whatever they asked for in order to win at home!
  14. Vince

    Rye House 2018

    I'm sure I've posted this before but as far as getting new people into Speedway the big names don't really matter much. When Weymouth first re-opened David mason was top man there and I was asked by a new fan how come he wasn't racing in the World Championship he'd seen on the TV. Of course if you move up a league then drop back down people will understand the difference in quality of riders and probably be disappointed. When it comes to getting them through the gate in the first place it really doesn't count for much. In my opinion what counts far more is fans feeling connected with riders in the long term. I have long advocated average allowances for retaining riders year on year, I would add to that another allowance for tracks which provide training that brings riders through and doing away with the asset system. I'd be willing to bet that a good local rider brings in as many fans as regular outings from a GP star. Also individual meetings featuring the GP stars would be a much bigger draw if you only get to see them a couple of times a year. Guests are a necessary evil in a sport which has such a high injury count, given that they should make the most of it by telling everybody repeatedly just how dangerous it is. Fans are definitely fickle, seems like there are a good few on here who were all in favour of fixed race nights who now condemn it. As for Rye House I really hope something can be worked out that keeps the track open for the sake of Speedway and for the selfish reason that it's the nearest place I get to ride my bike whether practicing or racing.
  15. Vince

    Rye House 2018

    Wasn't that the point I was making? You have to wait until there is something factual to report. Not a clue what you think I said!

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