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  1. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    To be fair... The way you can cherry pick your own team from everyone's riders at any given moment means it never really does have any sporting integrity does it? However, what it does have is some decent entertainment value and having Zagar riding at six UK tracks will help swell attendances much more than yet another double upper would do... And that is what really matters. ie How many punters can you encourage to watch the sport, as the result for many fans is largely secondary to what they watch..
  2. Just got in, just watched it... Do you think that his peers will ever think to ride the inside line to block Zmarzlik? If he goes around you then fair enough.. But dont give the fella a free pass... A truly superb rider but FFS he will nine times our of ten spear the bike at you into turn three... Hint. Ride the white line against him if you get in front because he is faster than you.. Five years at least he has done the same dive bomb and been allowed to do it.. As for Woffy?.. A gradual erosion of capability which is perfectly natural given age and responsibilities increase... Far too many times over the past few years it has been a case of "wrong place, wrong time"... That isnt unlucky... Top ten at best this year for Tai... For Gorican though, a very good meeting....
  3. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    Get hold of Petrocelli... One for the teenagers there...
  4. The danger of riding big, fast, wide tracks all the time, as your home circuits, is that it can lull you into a false sense of security.. The top prizes get played out on several smaller circuits too so riders do need to be more than one dimensional.. I would suggest that when you are into your third year of regular racing, those who move on to "the top level" tend to be third HL level in the 2nd Div and holding down a 2nd string spot in the 1st.. With the next three years moving them up to top two in their Div 1 team and a No1 in Div 2... Not many do like Doyle and spend several years "very average" then suddenly become genuinely "World Class".. Riders like Brennan are definitely on that gradual glide path that so many who reach the very top seem to have taken..
  5. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    No way Jose... His 28 days are up.... You need to use Kildemand... Who is injured... So therefore use loads of guests to replace him, (we have got to keep the sport credible)... Rules are Rules... (Or are they Regulations?)....
  6. Think Ostrow have decided to "take the money and run".. Maybe use it to come back stronger again in a couple of years..
  7. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    They still have Mark Lemon as manager...
  8. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    Welcome Matej... Two full paying adults attending now on Monday to watch him, for what should be a close meeting.. Wouldn't have bothered if he hadn't been allowed to ride... Great to see anotherTop 20 rider in the world ride over here... Can only be good for all tracks...
  9. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    To be honest if that did happen (and Europsort would have something to say about that I am sure), I would fully support it and the NSS could then just run some very profitable individual events during the season.. Six or seven top level events well promoted, with decent sponsorship and prize money would get a good crowd in once a month I would suggest.. Saturday nights with no GP's would get very decent line ups, with ten high level riders who rode Friday in Poland being available, even if the Sunday racing clubs blocked their riders from competing.. Or ride on Fridays using the Sunday Polish League riding lads.. Or ride Sunday using the Friday Polish riding lads and the Saturday Polish 2nd and 3rd Div lads.. You could have some very high standard meetings, far and away eclipsing the level of UK league Speedway running the same days...
  10. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    Indeed... And a side that is still within the team average allowed... And done before the actual competition the rules pertain to, ie "The Premiership" has started.
  11. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    But the cup was a league.. In fact. Two..
  12. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    But the first point is relevant because, for example, you could have two riders eg Woffy and Pedersen, doing a shared job for a team... With both coming under the average set individually but not together... The result being we get to see the very top riders over here, with these riders happy to take the extra rides which don't over stretch them... Klindt is now avaialble so any team who want to have him should be allowed to bring him in as long as they keep within the average limit designated for this season. .. No need for waiting for 'x' matches, get as many of the better riders in as and when they want to ride.. As, if nothing else, that increases the amount of options for the teams as riders who get replaced, become available. .. 100% re Woffy coming in so late in the season when you have a competiton with play offs.. There should maybe be a minimum amount of meetings ridden by the individual to be eligible to ride in the play offs... Or a cut off date to be riding for that team around mid season ...
  13. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    Spot on... The Aces team is within the average that all teams should be built to so no issues at all... The sport hamstrings itself with all sort of nonsense and given the rules it allows to be used it almost commits Harakiri rather than giving itself an opportunity to be taken seriously... The more "top riders" over here the better, and everyone seems to recognise that more riders are needed, so getting more quality over here has to be the perfect solution to that problem.... If they ever want the sport to be taken seriously then EVERY team should make whatever changes they want as long as it comes within whatever the designated average is.... If that means seven changes after a month then so be it... If nothing else it means that the League is seen as something worth winning rather than "as long as we win at home" being the mantra... Use the League Cup as a competition to assess how you are doing then (if you wish), make as many changes as you want (depending on the average allowed and rider availability of course) for the "main show"....
  14. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    Not really... If the Aces get stopped from using Zagar they just need to threaten to tarmac the track.. It's worked before for another team..... UK Speedway and it's ambiguous rules.... FWIW. For me. It could be that the league is regarded as "the league" and the cup has been regarded as "the cup", so the 25% of the meetings go from the league start... Or... Jake Allen was an 28 day emergency signing (in the interests of Speedway of course), which meant he couldn't stay on whether he did superbly well or not.... Or something like that anyway......
  15. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    If the "25% of meetings completed rule" had been clarified publicly then I am sure everyone would understand why things have happened the way they have.. Not like British Speedway to lack clarity in the rules it brings in is it? .. First time for everything...
  16. And some may enjoy the speedway and badger their parents or guardians to go again.... "It's free for me Dad" was always music to my ears.... When they are not there now, there is no loss to giving it a go... And when you own the food and drink outlets, the higher the footfall the more chance you have of taking money..
  17. mikebv

    Plymouth v Scunthorpe

    Indeed.... If they did it for free then that is "for our entertainment".... For so many it is their only job so they are professional sportsmen investing in very expensive kit to deliver a much greater return in earnings.... A "risky profession" no doubt, but so is Boxing, MMA, Skiing, Other motor sports etc... Not to mention Firefighting, Police, and the Armed Services... None of the above anyone does "for our entertainment"... Some do it for the money, some for the adrenaline rush... No more than that. ..
  18. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    I would be truly amazed if the Aces dont reach the play offs with Zagar.. Keep the top four injury free and they alone will ensure that Belle Vue will be there or thereabouts in most meetings... Add in an improving Brennan and that's a very solid top five to protect the reserves in the races they partner them, (should they need it).. And Etheridge scores well at reserve but struggles in the main body, and Blodorn appears a proper prospect..
  19. And the best bit about this is that whoever said that to you..... You just know that it made "perfect sense" to them...
  20. mikebv

    Belle Vue 2022

    Having rules open to interpretation is very much a GB Speedway thing.. All in the interest of Speedway obviously....
  21. Never understood the constant track grading that goes on at many places.. Just when the track gets an outside line developing they drag the dirt back down to make the inside the place to ride again.. Every three or four races the racing gradually improves and then it gets put back to "inside line" wins again until the outside naturally develops once more.. Then rinse and repeat... Especially at the very grippy tracks you want the inside to slicken off as quickly as you can, as it can often be like "riding on rails" in the deep surface... Meaning the racing is "too fast" to expect anyone behind to have the speed to overtake, even if the wider line they need to take allows them the chance..
  22. Hope Bomber hasn't been told that...
  23. Can he guest for Plymouth on the same night Poole are there? Half n Half Kevlars or something? He would keep the scores very close by getting exactly the same points for both teams in every one of his races... Sorry... On reflection, that would bring a ludicrous lack of credibility to the sport wouldn't it, and prevent people, media and potential sponsors, taking the sport seriously.. Just let him ride the whole season for Plymouth when Poole aren't there as the rules allow.. That way, the credibility of the sport is protected..
  24. mikebv

    Extraleague U24 round 5 Tuesday May 24th

    A few British lads out there... Be good to see their actual capability when going up against a lot of the worlds best U24's.... A great opportunity for them to showcase their talent, (if its of the required level)...
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