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  1. Islander15

    Armadale Devils 2020

    Gives some top end strength too to be competitive.
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    Belle Vue Colts 2020

    He’s not been dropped. He’ll be at another NL team.
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    IOW 2020

    Macauley Leek confirmed. I expected him back at Mildenhall but more than happy with him on a false 3.00 average but for injury last season. Hopefully we still see King & Wirtzfeld as the other reserve and number 2. Then that’s a handy bottom 3!
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    Belle Vue Colts 2020

    That’s a very good team. Probably the most consistent top 3 the league will seem next year. Maybe weak in the second string positions but Woodhull, Rathbone & Bowen all know the NSS well and it’s a team that can get a good home lead over a play-off fixture. McGurk looked badly down on power on the big tracks last year so will be intriguing to see how he copes but they’ll always have a strong second reserve. Lots of average improvements potential, even in the top end with particularly Bailey’s average destined to go north.
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    KENT ROYALS 2020

    Yes he’s 3.00.
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    KENT ROYALS 2020

    Impressive first signing.
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    IOW 2020

    Yep! I think the other 6 are easy to guess and I’d be happy with that. A quality number 1, a pairing of decent reserves that should be able to beat most others and a middle order with some improvement potential.
  8. Islander15

    2020 NL Season

    That’s the theory but it didn’t work! There was heats where a second string and a reserve from each team rode but the reserve never beat the respective opposition’s second string (too predictable). There was 2 races where the number 1 & 5 riders met the opponent’s 3 & 4, nearly always resulting in a 5-1 to the 1 & 5 team. Imo the worst bit, second strings inevitably got inflated averages by beating reserves (which was predictable) and then all that happened was when the new averages came out they became a heat leader and didn’t score any points anymore (too predictable) and so the guy who was a heat leader originally then became a second string and wiped the floor of the reserves and second strings (too predictable). Then you ended up with a score chart of second strings scoring maximums or near to it, reserves getting big scores simply by doing well in 2 reserve races yet the heat leaders in the side barely scored. How do you explain to others that the ‘worst’ riders legitimately score more than the ‘best’ riders? Oh I hated the heat format haha.
  9. Islander15

    Mildenhall 2020

    Jason Edwards, Matt Marson, Elliot Kelly & Macauley Leek all fit to complete the team.
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    SON 2020

    I was excited about this! Then found out there’s only 2 day tickets which are £35 each to stand! What a rip off when I could only attend on the Saturday night anyway. Disappointed
  11. Islander15

    2020 NL Season

    Can anyone post the article?
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    Mildenhall 2020

    Surely Elliot Kelly will be back? Him & Leek would be very good reserves and not use up a lot of points. Yes. His Championship average is too high to allow him to do both leagues.
  13. Islander15

    2020 NL Season

    All that does is skew riders’ averages massively and create a massive problem the next season. Not to mention the boring heat formula.
  14. Islander15

    Plymouth speedway

    It’s a strong top 4 with particularly improvement potential in Atkins who could easily add 2-3 points on his average. But it looks a poor bottom 3. The third signing is likely to be Bursill and none of those 3 have really pushed on at all despite having opportunities. It’s hard to judge when there isn’t other teams to compare against but the top 4 should win them most meetings at home and get the odd points away. It looks like a team that’ll be around 4th and get a play-off spot but they’re lacking something at the bottom end to really make them a title contender.
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    IOW 2020

    I would be happy with keeping 6 that ended last year and replacing Wood with someone upto 7.87. But the options are limited and it becomes Edwards (who I suspect is in demand), Jack Smith, Connor Coles, Connor Bailey (presumably at BV), James Cockle, Paul Hurry, Jon Armstrong, Dan Greenwood or Ben Hopwood (!). So realistically only the first 3 options are probably viable and they depend on money.
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    KENT ROYALS 2020

    Couldn’t Gilkes & Jenkins be the top 2?
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    2020 NL Season

    I hope the reserve assumes the average of the rider he’s replacing in the race. Else if you have a superstar reserve then you could purposely do that to bring him in and start him at the tapes. I’d like to think that a heat leader wouldn’t just ‘not fancy it’ seeing as he knows he won’t get paid to stay in the pits but could easily come third and get paid for second.
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    Armadale Devils 2020

    What about 1. Coles 2. Embleton 3. Marson 4. MacDonald 5. Ruddick 6. Millar 7. Freeman
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    2020 NL Season

    It’s a maximum of 1 rider per team that’s averaged over 4.00 at some point. Not that they can’t ride at all.
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    Armadale Devils 2020

    Seeing as Edinburgh knew they were doing this, wouldn’t you have expected a youngster in their team at number 7 that could’ve raced for the Armadale Devils? Someone like Coles or Ruddick.
  21. Islander15

    2020 NL Season

    They seem to have got it about right tbf. The points limit situation is better than last season and not much else you could’ve done meetings wise when there’s only 3 stand alone teams in the league. Hopefully the shared events get adequately supported. Nice to see a new team come in but I fear for the long journeys those Northern riders are going to have to make regularly and likewise for the riders of other clubs on a Friday night.
  22. Islander15

    2020 NL Season

    NL AGM 2019 Key Points •Armadale Devils join alongside Isle of Wight, Kent, Mildenhall, Belle Vue, Plymouth & Leicester with the top 4 into the Play-offs. •Points limit increases to 39.00 with 3.00 the new minimum. •NLKOC Semis: Leicester vs IOW Mildenhall vs Plymouth. •NT: IOW, Mildenhall & Plymouth. •NLRC at Mildenhall. •NL Pairs at Isle of Wight. •NL Fours at Plymouth.
  23. Islander15

    KENT 2019

    It’s been discussed on the ‘2020 season’ thread. Len Silver has co nfirmed that Kent intend to ride NL next season.
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    Somerset 2020

    If the master plan is to drop Stoneman and then have x2 4pt riders at reserve then it’s still not an amazing team. History has shown us that you don’t need 2 ‘good’ reserves, but you need 1 ‘excellent’ one and tbh the other will only take 3 rides regardless.
  25. Islander15

    Somerset 2020

    Seeing as May expects his converted average to drop. Who has he cynically planned to drop from the team and bring in?
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