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  1. Even with my own profound dislike of Chris Holder, it can't be denied that he was a deserved qualifier and the quality of racing was excellent. After attending in person the qualifiers at Glasgow in 2019 and 2021, I would be delighted to see the Facena family awarded with another qualifier in 2022.
  2. I am in the stadium. There are two ambulances here. The delay is apparently due to the medical teams checking over both Brad Wilson Dean and Tero Aarnio. Both are meant to be going to hospital to be checked over.
  3. Riders in Heat Eight at Glasgow trading places until Brad Wilson Dean locks up mid bend turn three/four lap two leaving Tero Aarnio nowhere to go. He takes a bad fall and leaves the track in the ambulance. At least he was able to walk into the ambulance. A lengthy delay ensues.
  4. I'm not a Diamonds fan, but I donated the cost of an adult admission. We can't afford to lose more clubs. Here's hoping the appeal raises more money in the coming days. Every little helps.
  5. moomin man 76

    Thank You NHS Trophy at Wolves

    Not surprised this one was called off. I was on a crazy long drive from North Cumbria to Heathrow and back; nipped in to see my parents in Willenhall at 4pm, when the heavens opened like a monsoon. I can't imagine Monmore fared any paper. As I wasn't there, my only surprise is that they tried to run the meeting!
  6. This meeting has now been scrapped and will no longer be staged at Belle Vue.
  7. On results from last season's SEC; Timo Lahti should be included this year, if the organisers are simply going to pick/nominate riders.
  8. moomin man 76

    2021 GP Series Dates

    A tad sentimental here. A potentially good race has just been reinstalled, but it doesn't have SCB let alone FIM approval. The spectator facilities at Odsal are also sadly a decaying wreck (crumbling terracing) if my last visit a couple of years ago for rugby league is anything to go by. Odsal needs massive investment to bring it back into the modern age. One of the reasons for the return of the stock cars is that neither the city council, the RFL or Bradford Bulls are willing to fund that investment.
  9. moomin man 76

    2021 GP Series Dates

    Fairly similar to his reported comments in the Speedway Star this week. I'm honestly not sure how or why Castagna thinks speedway is somehow exempt from the Wada ban; however, unlike the Ice Speedway World Final, it is hardly as if alternative venues do not exist, or alternatively the option of running one less GP.
  10. moomin man 76

    IOW 2020

    Ultimately the BSPL have shafted Isle of Wight speedway for all that it is worth, in the manner in which the NDL for 2021 was constituted. I suspect they also hoped to shaft Mildenhall out of the league too, to turn the competition into a reserve team league. The BSPL need to wake up and realise that speedway in this country is on borrowed time. They can't afford to lose teams and tracks, as once gone, it is far harder to bring them back. Regardless of the current mantra of 'promoting youth,' speedway in Britain is rapidly heading towards the state it is in other European countries e.g. Norway and Finland with a handful of spectators watching largely amateur riders take part in what for most of them is an expensive hobby, unless those who claim to 'promote' the sport go out and actively promote it, rather than finding methods to shaft one another for minor gain.
  11. moomin man 76

    Top Championship rider in 2021

    Four good choices, but I personally can't see Nicholls averaging much more than 8pts.
  12. Not wonderful, with a 'frozen conflict' in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in the east. Rivne, rather fortunately is in the West of Ukraine and is relatively close to the Polish border.
  13. moomin man 76

    ICE 2021

    Max Koivula was impressive for someone with little experience on the ice. Aki-Ala Rihimaki's move in the final seemed too soon and too desperate going for a gap on the second bend of the first lap. Unfortunately, the stream then broke up, so we missed the re-run final between Isoaho and Suolammi.
  14. moomin man 76

    ICE 2021

    Stream working well for me.
  15. moomin man 76

    2021 GP Series Dates

    I don't think that is a valid comparison. There are potentially a plethora of venues that could stage a GP, or alternatively it would be possible to run the GP series with one less round, so WADA's ban should still apply. The Ice Speedway World Final this year was unique, as there clearly wasn't a venue outside of Russia that could have staged the event with all those nominated to compete in attendance, plus with spectators permitted.

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