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Everything posted by waiheke1

  1. Agree, it would not be as good as tge SWC. Has there been a speedway event in history which delivered such consistently good racing and exciting meetings as the SWC..its bewildering that its been ditched.
  2. Like many totally underwhelmed. Pleased to see world pairs back but see zero reason why it had to be at the expense of the SWC. Id have run a one day final, old 21 heat format with conventionsl scoring. Top 4 pairs to semibfinals in which points are added to scores from heats. And then top two pairs to a final in which there are double points (6-4-2) to reduce the chsnce of the outcome being known before thevfinal, but still givibg advantage to team which has performed best over the meeting. If you wanted to make it a weekend of speedway, seed host to the final and have three 5 team qualifiers (30 heats) on tge saturday at one venue with top 2 from each to final
  3. I think people are under rating KL. Poole leicester and belle vue imo look nailed on for the playoffs. But i yhink there is very littke between the other 5. KL have a top two as good as any, and arguably the strongest reserves. The only area they are lacking is 3rd HL, but Jorgensen could do ok, and arguably if your top two and reserves do the job you csn ger awsy with being weak in this area. Although i think swinfon will finish 4th, i do think KL are more likely to scrspe into the play offs than finish bottom, wheras many seem to hsve them lined up as wooden spooners.
  4. Is the league stronger in 2018?

    I agree you cant look at averages in isolation to determine the strength of the league, as in anyvleague, regardless of strength, averages will tend towards a team average of 42. But when you have averages obtained in the same league, you certsinly can. So the PL setting a limit of 42.5 makes it stronger thsn if they set a lower limit. In fsct, based on averages the league this season is slightlycweaker than that which ended last season, but stronger than that which started it. Id disagree that top riders scoring more points indicates a stronger league. Id ecpect Puk, Holder etc to average more in the PL than in Poland, but clearly the polish top flight is a lot stronger.
  5. Is the league stronger in 2018?

    But the averages are based on last season, using the sane format? If you set a limit of 42 or higher, and all teams build to that limit, the league should be stronger. Top end we've lost lindgren and bjerre and gsined puk and Vaculik. Not sure you can say thatvis weaker?
  6. Poole 2018

    Cook is a better number 1 than Thorssel.
  7. Is the league stronger in 2018?

    Averages will actually tend to a little under 42 due to the impact of heat 15. But agree, a points limit of 42.5 should make this years league a little stronger. Esoecially when poole have a couple of poles on bargain averages.
  8. Belle Vue 2018

    I'd say its pretty even. Cook fricke and tungate is equal to holder Kurtz Josh G. Sundstrom will likely outperform worrall but i dont see there being more than a point in it.
  9. Bradford Coalite Classic Programme

    Classicspeedwayvideos.com have the meeting on dvd
  10. Is the league stronger in 2018?

    Marginally stronger. Slightly weaker at the top end but stronger in depth.
  11. Poole Aces Leicester Swindon Kings Lynn Rye house Somerset Wolves
  12. Assessed Averages

    excellent work arnieg In fairness to the bspa it seems making gp riders a 9 actualy makes sense whereas allowing woryna on a 4.5 is as ludicrous as many of us have been saying

    the racing in most gps is better, in some cases significantly. however it's unfair to say Wembley 81 was rubbish. it had - two brilliant races which determined the destiny of the world final - a line up that was arguably as strong as it could be given the inclusion of 5 continental riders. no riders missing who would have been genuine contenders - a large crowd in a world class stadium, generating a fantastic atmosphere. - drama of ef for three of the leading contenders. didn't change the likely winner, but certainly the other rostrum spots I think it deserves its status as a legendary meeting, which goes also to show how the GPS (and SWC if BSI don't consign thst to the scrap hesp) have raised the standard of racing and ensured lineups which represent the worlds elite. but the gps will never generate the atmosphere that a one off final at Wembley did
  14. Speedway Music

    Killing in the name - Rage against the machine Closer- nine inch nails Liven the crowd up a bit
  15. Best Ever Finnish Rider

    Kai Nieme without a doubt for me, though Miko Baste is a great shout.
  16. Swc 2018

    Why on earth would BSI pay more to run a new comp, in addition to paying for a competition thermy are not running? I dont see how that makes any business sense. The reason for the supposition is because the SWC is arguably the most anticipated week in the speedway season and has now been cast aside in favour of who knows what. As an organisation waiting to make a formal announcement when all other parties have already released information...Im not sure that necessarily comes across as professional?
  17. Belle Vue 2018

    Drabik Holder kK would all becriders Id rather see than prez. Any of those would surely make aces among the title favourites.
  18. Swc 2018

    So BSI are paying less for this tournament than the SWC? Can imagine that is the only reasons they would need to negotiate financials with FIM? Ditching the best speedway international event to make more cash? Id doubt it was them negotiating rider pay rates which is I guess the alternative financial negotiation?
  19. But the latter 4 faced no one of any real quality. The top 3 faire enough would have come through probably 4 meetings. But its hard to imagine any of them finishing top 3 from the qualifiers to make the series I wonder whether one of the wildcards would have gone to a token continental rider? Muller could have qualified on merit but I wonder if the likes of plech/stancl/kasper may have picked up wc?(Plech up to 80 would have been well capable of qualifying, but from then til gollob I agree its hard to see any Eastern European qualifying unless they had an amazing gp challenge on a home track)
  20. Reassessed Averages

    Seriously? Please tell me you are taking the piss or have a very droll sense of humour...
  21. 2019 Sgp Qualifiers

    We didnt get 4 or 5 slots because beyond BWD our depth is poor.GB however is a different story 😉 Happy 100 birthday FSP!
  22. Gundersen would have won at least one I reckon. Michanek maybe maybe not. Craven/knuttsdon maybe or maybe not. Ermolenko might have done. Hans wouldnt have clean swept the 90s imo. Back to the original question - a plethora of mediocre continental riders wouldnt have. Ondrasik starostin hack verner sova kuznetsov Kroeze etc
  23. 2019 Sgp Qualifiers

    And do you know why they were knocked back to three, when weaker nations were given more?