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  1. torpointfanatic22

    Plymouth Gladiators 2021

    Plymouth Gladiators have completed their 2021 line up with 19-year-old Frenchman, Steven Goret. Marmande born Goret is something of a motorcycling all-rounder, having competed in speedway and longtrack events across Europe, as well as being a keen Motocross rider. Back in 2015 Goret also competed in the FIM World 250 championship when one of his rivals was Gladiators’ teammate, Henry Atkins, the duo striking up a good friendship. ‘There’s a lot of people saying good things about this young man and he’s certainly a rider with huge potential’, said promoter Mark Phillips. ‘I’m impressed with his track record and am thrilled to have signed him. The lad has a great future and the fact that he also knows Henry will help him settle in’. As well as riding for the Gladiators, Steven, who has been riding since he was nine years old, will continue to race for his French club Lamothe at their track in South-West France, which is owned by his father and where a Speedway Grand Prix Qualifying round will be staged at the end of May.
  2. torpointfanatic22

    Plymouth Gladiators 2021

    I said 'if required'. Also nothing stopping us strengthening with another youngster is there.
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    Plymouth Gladiators 2021

    I reckon the last rider will be a bit of a surprise that none of us see coming. As for the team, I think it's great to have young riders that can develop and on 4 point averages they aren't too big a gamble imo. For this team to be competitive you have to think that one of Cook, Ruml or the final rider will have to hit the ground running and score big points early on but that said I do think at home Plymouth will compete. After the first set of averages when Crump and Pedersen likely free up about 4 points, Plymouth should be able to strengthen considerably in the middle order, if required.
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    Plymouth Gladiators 2021

    I bloody hope not
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    Plymouth Gladiators 2021

    As far as the track goes, as a Plymouth fan I've seen the track look and race appallingly and I've seen it look and race brilliantly. There are so many things that influence tracks, the base, the location in respect of surrounding areas etc. As I've moved away from Plymouth I've seen less home meetings in recent years but have to say the track was always inconsistent prior to Mark taking over the team. I know Mark has invested heavily not only in the infrastructure of the track but also the quality of material that goes on the track and I've heard and seen the track be far more consistent since Mark took over things. I'm sure with riders such as Crump and Pedersen there each week the track will have to be at a high standard, can't see them having it any other way! Everyone has their preference when it comes to racing and what they like to see, in my experience, and I've been to a few tracks in my time, the best racing I've seen has been on smaller tracks that aren't too tight, where you can get a bit of grip on them. Weymouth was a belting track for racing back in the day. The exception to that rule and arguably the best track in the country in my opinion (I've not been to the new Belle Vue mind) is Peterborough. The racing there has always been brilliant on the times I've visited. Anyway back to the team, I fancy the rest of the Plymouth team to mainly be younger riders with a couple of from the NL team that was set to line up last year. Hopefully we'll get some news this week.
  6. torpointfanatic22

    Plymouth Gladiators 2021

    Plymouth are unfortunately in a position where despite the brilliant news that they are moving up, they have slim pickings with available riders given the amount of riders already signed up, so clearly the promotion are having to be creative and I just hope that whatever team we are able to put together, we can hopefully be competitive and sustainable. The Bjarne signing for me isn't a particularly good one if you look at his average and what he's likely to achieve (I reckon he'll average around 8), but he's always been good off the start that will help him massively at Plymouth and he should entice punters both at Plymouth and away to see a former world class rider and someone I've always thought of as a decent bloke. In addition Bjarne will, I'm sure, support any younger riders the team has. He's a 'name' and that's never a bad thing. I'd expect Plymouth to have a bottom end that includes 2 of the 3 heat leaders that would have lined up last season in the NL (Stoneman, Bowtell, Atkins), personally I'd go for the latter two. Yes that wouldn't be that strong on paper but they are improving and would be competitive at home for sure. If Crump turns up, well, I think every promoter in the CL should give the Plymouth promotion a massive thumbs up as it would surely swell crowd numbers whenever Plymouth are in town. Crump or no Crump, my worry is the middle of the team, there just doesn't seem much around in the 5-7 range so it might be a case of taking a punt or two and hoping someone can be unearthed.
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    Confirmed Signings for 2020

    Where in the wonderful BSPA rulebook does it state that the Championship can only have 12 clubs? It was Newcastle or Plymouth, why not both? Who cares if there’s 13 in the championship it’s easily sorted. If the Plymouth promotion have messed up then that’s on them but I’d doubt it. Given that a number of referees openly said they didn’t even want to go to Plymouth in 2019, how many championship promoters said the same for 2020? I’d suggest this is down the committee doing their bit to keep other clubs happy at the potential loss of another club.
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    Plymouth 2018

    Interestingly my view on the Plymouth forum was similar and I got shot down by pretty much everyone on there for suggesting the team was pretty disappointing. As a Devils fan it's great that speedway continues in the City and ensuring that going forward is paramount so building to a budget is simply a must. If you look at that side I can only see Bradley and Henry improving their averages. Adam will win races everywhere but outside that I think Plymouth look vulnerable. Away from home we'll get some tonkings. Looking at the teams being put together so far I can see it being two leagues in one; IOW, Plymouth, Buxton and Stoke look like being the bottom four with the rest looking much stronger (on paper). This is of course before Belle Vue and Coventry show their hands but I'd expect both to be competitive. As ever, time will tell.
  9. torpointfanatic22

    Lakeside 2018

    Very impressive top 2 for Lakeside and fair play to them but the signing of Morris is exactly what's wrong with the sport in this country. A guy finishing 3rd in the Premiership can double down to the Championship is shocking to start with but to then potentially come in on a lower average than he would in the Premiership is a joke. The double up rule was supposed to be about helping young Brits to develop, it's now basically anything goes. You guys are only playing by the rules and fair play but it absolutely stinks that this can go on in the sport.
  10. torpointfanatic22

    Plymouth 2017 N/l?

    No they shouldn't have - Nor should they have signed Andrews, Smart or Compton but hey ho. Was offered a deal at Plymouth but KL is rather closer to home for him given he lives up that way now and I agree re the comparison! Given Compton lives Leeds way I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't last that long - Leeds to Plymouth on a Friday = a long ruddy way! 8.95 - Christ alive I thought it was a poor signing and that was when he was going to come in on 5-6.
  11. torpointfanatic22

    Plymouth 2017

    Dropping out of the PL has all but finished Plymouth anyway. Whether it's two, three or a few more years - This is the beginning of the end. I pledged my hard earned cash last year like a number of the fanzine to keep the club afloat - That was a damn sight more than entrance money! I did that to keep my club running and then discover the total dishonesty of the previous promotion. What I love is Bowden going into the papers saying he's trying to save the club. Of course he is, how much did he pay to walk in every week last season? Not a penny. The guy is in it for himself and I won't support that. I'll pop along to the odd away meeting and I'll visit some meetings around the country to support the sport but I won't do that at the SBA.
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    Plymouth 2017

    I'll be honest, if it's Bowden or anyone from the current promotion I'll not part with any money at the SBA.
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    Plymouth 2017

    Plymouth has struggled to break even in the PL because quite simply they have tried to survive purely on gate receipts and a few people sponsoring heats. That isn't enough. Many teams in the league have struggled for crowds over the years and its commercial revenue (or a rich owner) that has enabled these clubs to survive. Plymouth's crowds were falling before we went PL, I've said it before and i'll say it again. The club could survive in the PL on it's current crowds but to do so it needs a promoter and a team of people to commercially bring in significant revenue. If this can be secured I think we can survive in the PL. With the greatest respect - I don't believe that can be achieved with any of our previous promoters.
  14. torpointfanatic22

    Plymouth 2017

    We couldn't get 800 in the PL with number of engaged fans, what makes you think we'd get that in the NL (poorer product) with Bowden (who few people trust) at the helm? I'm not sure if you know Mr Bowden personally or if it's just that his offer is all you are aware of but I'm hopeful that we will get the right promotion in and also retain our PL status. I love speedway but I will not put any money in Mr Bowden's pocket.
  15. torpointfanatic22

    Plymouth 2017

    Quite agree, it was. but they weren't the right people for the job either it seems. No inside information required - It was clear for everyone to see!

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