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  1. Aces51

    Poole v Kings Lynn. Prem. 4/7/19

    Officials have been ignoring the holes in the Poole track for years. The Poole riders probably just accept it as something they have to put up with. SS is no doubt frantically trying to come up with something to discredit the clear video evidence after his insistence that the track was smooth.
  2. Neither of them has lost their bottle. They are not backing out of tight first bends and are chasing close to other riders when behind. I tend to agree that Steve may have reached his standard in the top league, a good second string but wouldn't yet count out further improvement. Dan is coming back from a more recent and more serious injury. He returned to racing much earlier than expected and it is unrealistic to expect him to already be back to where he was. I think he is also suffering from a lack of meetings. The Premier to Championship average formula makes it very difficult for him to get a place in that league and his Polish team seem not to be prepared to allow him time to settle back into racing there.
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    Poole vs BV. Premiership. 27/06/19

    It was agreed but was that because Belle Vue were led to believe that there was a curfew? Poole were looking vulnerable in heats 13 and 15 and would have had to use Starke in heat 14.
  4. Congratulations to Poole on a deserved win. I have never seen Grajczonek ride as well as he did last night. I must admit that I was surprised that our late rally ended up with us only losing by 2. It was an entertaining meeting. I don't think we need worry too much if both Poole and ourselves get to and meet in the play offs. We lost by 2 at Poole and I would be confident that Worrall, Bewley and our second reserve will score more than they did last night. R/r and the guests for Poole achieved what their regular team members would have done.
  5. Aces51

    Belle Vue 2019

    Lidsey is currently 17th in the averages for the Polish third division, just below Berge. Inexperienced riders who come straight into the top league in the UK and score 6/7 home and away are very few and far between. Also, thinking that every track is the same if you get out of the gate first overlooks the need to know where the grip is, the fastest lines, having the right set up, not just at the start of the meeting but also as the track changes. That all comes with experience of racing on those tracks. My assessment is that Lidsey will develop into a good rider and possibly much better than that. It's all about opinions but some are expecting too much from him at this stage of his development.
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    Belle Vue 2019

    Lidsey is an obvious talent. We should remember it's his first season in the UK. He will gain from the experience and then we shall gain the benefit in the long term.
  7. Aces51

    Poole 2019

    Stop digging. I said I gave you the benefit of the doubt about Wells, even though he was impressive on Thursday.. Just admit you got it wrong when you said that Schlein was the only Premiership quality rider. It won't hurt and may even give you a bit of credibility.
  8. Without doubt the biggest loss of fans at Belle Vue was when Hyde Road closed and we moved to the dog track and the reason many gave was the comparatively poor standard of racing. They didn't agree rather stupidly to run meetings on Monday's and Thursday's. They had no choice when Poland were given preference for the weekends. People claim that you see much the same riders in the Championship but the overall standard of teams is significantly lower. One big league would be acceptable but I doubt that moving down for a club that has airways been in the top division would, in my view, see even smaller crowds.
  9. Aces51

    Poole 2019

    That's not what you said. You said that only Schlein was of Premiership quality, which is not true. You could also include Wells but I gave you the benefit of the doubt there.
  10. Aces51

    Poole 2019

    Bewley and Heeps? Richie usually does well at Edinburgh. One of his better tracks.
  11. It is a testament to the track staff and more particularly to Morton and Gordon for their track design and specifications, that the meeting went ahead on time and produced some good close racing. Not up to the usual standard but the poor opposition was a major reason for that. The race times were what we typically see. It was a poor crowd but sadly, predictably so, with the weather and maybe also because it was the third home meeting we've had against Peterborough out of the 8 home team meetings we have had. When will fans understand that the NSS can cope with lots of rain providing it stops an hour or so before the meeting and keeps away during it. The forecast I use correctly indicated that the rain would stop before start time and then stay away. It was therefore disappointing to see the comments on social media from the doom and gloom merchants. Do they realise the harm they do? These people need to realise just how well the NSS copes with rain and that the management have a good record of making the right call off decisions.
  12. Michael Palm-Toft guests for Andersen.
  13. Aces51

    Chapman Trinity

    A sensible rule book, properly policed and fairly applied would be a start and would give the sport credibility. For those who don't remember it was one of Chapman's promises when he took office. Many might think it is an easily achievable objective that wouldn't cost very much, if anything. For reasons I can't fathom, we are still waiting.
  14. I think that is the best advice. I generally find the Met Office app to be the best but today the forecast for tomorrow keeps changing. Let's wait and see what tomorrow brings and also remember that the Belle Vue management have been pretty good at making the right call.
  15. If you normally buy a programme the season ticket deal at Belle Vue saves you over £40 plus a small saving on the entrance fee. I worked it out when I bought my season ticket but have forgotten now just exactly what the savings were. If I remember correctly, it equates to being able to miss about 3 meetings without being out of pocket. Plus, you get an organised visit to the pits and an opportunity to watch racing from the centre green. I can't see that saving £6/£8 on the entrance fee is going to influence many additional fans to travel to away meetings. The biggest financial factor for those considering whether to go is the total cost including the travel cost and the saving on the entrance fee may only represent a fraction of that total cost. However, it may entice a few extra to go and therefore, any loss in revenue to the home club wood be minimal, so it it's worth a try. Belle Vue have tried reduced admission in the past and it resulted in a greater financial loss. However, the debate shouldn't end there. There is the argument that a tv audience, seeing a big crowd, are more likely to think that this might be a sport worth going to see live. I would like to believe that to be true but unfortunately, I have seen no evidence of that at theNSS. We had packed stadiums at the World Team Cup Final and at the SON meetings but I saw no increase in numbers attending subsequent meetings at Belle Vue. Fans come out in greater numbers at bank holidays and during the summer holidays when the schools have finished. I think that might just be telling us that, teams that can, should be running at times when families can attend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It would not only increase crowd numbers but provide the opportunity to attract the younger fans we so desperately need. One big league using only riders who will commit to racing in the UK.

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