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  1. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    Pre Covid in Sweden crowds were considerably larger than in the UK... Not Poland level obviously but a basic meeting would get 2000 or so... And, given they don't run Mickey Mouse rules, it means they do have some credibility and have a nationally recognised company sponsoring the league....
  2. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    Wise words mate....
  3. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    How do you know?
  4. mikebv

    Rule change for tape exclusion

    Michael Lee didn't take to it too well either in a Test Match v the USA I seem to remember...
  5. mikebv

    Poole 2022

    Doesn't me... If they moved up they could only compete in the top tier by signing three decent heat leaders.. And by that I mean signing proven tier one riders... Rider like Steve Worrall, Danny King and Rory Schlien if he could be persuaded not to retire.. Oh! Hang on a minute......
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    Sheffield Tigers 2022

    The Grasstrack there? A very big and fast track... The type the French seem to like to ride in Speedway. Maybe that is where so many learn to ride a Grass/Speedway bike? .
  7. mikebv

    Rule change for tape exclusion

    I must admit, I do like that.. Gets the crowd going too when its one of the opposition doing it.. There is still a delaying the start rule so that can used by the ref if he feels someone is taking the 'Gerd Riss'... It was great to see and hear Ivan getting the bird off rival fans as he went into the tapes time after time, and then hear the cheers as he rolled back and the tapes went up with him last away Mind you, he was still leading most times by the third turn, lap one..
  8. In a sport with so few teams, and with fixed race nights (so no clashes for the riders needed to compete), it does take something pretty special to still not have the league completed by the start of November... ..
  9. Incredibly bad luck to get poor weather at the arse end of October in the UK... Unheard of as far as I can recall... Luckily Speedway is a sport that isnt too affected by rain....
  10. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    And 'if' he has Bewley and Fricke in the same team with him the pressure will be off to a certain degree.. As well as providing him with a spur to measure improvement for himself... No way should a rider of Batchelor's capability be running such a low average, therefore he has to be worth a punt I would say...
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    Belle Vue 2022

    Surely Batchelor will be considered by most teams? Just over a 5 point average... The NSS could be perfect for him as a home track to get back to somewhere like he was..
  12. mikebv

    Wolverhampton 2020

    Then Sky came in a few years later and pumped many millions into the sport.... Providing thousands of hours of live prime time coverage to a sport bereft of such an opportunity to showcase itself.. You really couldn't fail to develop the sport successfully with such huge backing providing a gilt edged golden opportunity to do so could you?.... What a night by the way...
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    KENT ROYALS 2020

    Will they need to take a Covid test to get back in? Is the IOW on "the list"...?
  14. mikebv

    Rule change for tape exclusion

    Poland have zero tolerance and dont seem to have many starting issues and races start promptly.. Start Marshall walks away, and if a rider moves back, then the ref tells him and he returns to move the rider forward.. The Final at Peterborough had some riders six inches from the tapes.. No need for so many extra Mickey Mouse rules to be added if they just implemented some rules that they have properly.. Although there would need a comms system from ref to start marshall like Poland have... Two plastic cups and a piece of string may work..?
  15. I believe that isnt quite right anymore... I think we are the "bring a friend" sport now...
  16. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    And also do a bit of testing of machinery in race conditions which may help him in Poland...
  17. I think the kids like to go to other sports as other kids are there.... When my lad started to go to BV as a five year old there were around five other kids of the same (ish) age who all ran around in between heats together.. I would imagine standing around for a couple of hours when you are several decades younger than every one else there must be a bit boring and unappealing... T20 in particular targets families and does a very good job of doing it....
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    Belle Vue 2022

    Correct... 12.minute...
  19. Should make Dan ride with a handicap... Best I have seen since PC ride for the Aces, (GB)... Hope the kid goes on to at least achieve the same if not more...
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    National League 2021 - has it been abandoned?

    And a next level that doesn't have the majority of riders that ride as heat leaders in the top tier... The level currently from step three to step two is too big, as basically in reality it's not far off going from step three to step one in one move... Having one or two experienced old heads from the tier above in most teams brought the riders on and gave them an idea of what the next level looked like... Now you can go from learning your craft, gradually improve and move up, and be facing riders who just represented Team Great Britain in a test match v Poland...
  21. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    Good to see you back with us Geoff... Thought the Final had done you in you were so quiet.....
  22. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    It's more amazing that the ONLY Speedway team in a conurbation of over 2.5 million is so little known..
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    National League 2021 - has it been abandoned?

    Fixed nights just provide teams, who want to stay in certain divisions, with riders, otherwise they couldn't run because they dont have enough riders of the calibre that they need for the league that they want to race in.. And of course it now becomes a "must do" for the riders as their income stream will be getting delivered for several years now by having two jobs... Meaning the 2nd tier is virtually the same standard as the top one, and the NDL is miles away from the 2nd tier.. Nothing will change...
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    National League 2021 - has it been abandoned?

    Because they didnt have fixed race nights... Meaning you could ride here, there and everywhere... Meaning the top riders rode Poland Sunday, Sweden Tuesday, Denmark Wednesday, and then GB some, and sometimes all, of the other four days, with (apart from Tuesday and Sunday), every top league team racing on all the other nights. Then the top lads left and said there was "too much racing".. So we changed the top league to two nights to accommodate them.. And then they never came back... So instead it meant everyone not earning big money abroad could double up and down and ride every night of the week somewhere in the UK should both their teams be in action.. And guest even if they didnt.. With these riders now racing against "Rising Stars", in both leagues, several times a night/week, rather than against "GP Stars" several times a night/week, which they have spent a fair portion of their careers doing.. A fantastically well devised system I am sure we all agree...
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    National League 2021 - has it been abandoned?

    Running so many double headers shows how promoters were concerned about selling the NDL.... And by running double headers you also need to ensure you don't have an expensive second meeting as many fans don't like them and don't attend due to having to pay for both when they only want to watch the first one... For me, it was more of a way of closing down the 'old NDL' rather than any great inspired development plan... As if it was part of a development plan then the jump to the 2nd tier for those whose averages are now "too good" for the NDL is too far... Riding against inexperienced newbies one year to riders who just rode for Great Britain v Poland the next...?
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