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E I Addio

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  1. If the bikes are checked every GP that is not every meeting . My understanding is that only the bike on which the rider completes his last ride goes into the parke ferme, but he still has two others. Theoretically the top three finishers are liable to be “checked “ by which I mean stripped down, but I think ( and I stand to be corrected if it is otherwise) that it rarely happens . Think about it a rider spends an arm and a leg on tuners getting it right them some F.I.M bloke strips it down and leaves it for the tuner to put all back together at great expense. Some riders are better than others, some have enormous talent, far above the rest. That’s what makes it so difficult to pin point anything. I am not pointing the finger at Madsen or Bartosz or anyone else. I am only going by what I have heard from riders. Two ex GP riders have told me that you wouldn’t be competitive in Poland if you didn’t have “something done “ to the engines . I didn’t ask them to enlarge on what “something done “ meant. All we do know is that odd ones here and there have been caught cheating so it does happen at least occasionally. Anything beyond that is speculation.
  2. But are the bikes checked every meeting ? I don’t think they are unless someone lodges a protest. The answer is we don’t know and probably never will know if he is cheating. It was Jason Crump that coined the expression “ Polish Fast” years ago . The suspicion of cheating has been around for years, nor necessarily referring to Madsen. But then this is speedway and who knows what to believe about what we hear ? At one time I used to think Darcy Ward must have an oversize engine judging by the amount of acceleration he could generate from nowhere, but I eventually came to the conclusion that it was sheer talent ant nothing else.
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    Maurice Morley

    Another piece of history gone.The sport has a lot to thank him for.
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    Are YOU missing British Speedway?

    I haven’t been to a meeting since Lakeside closed . With each passing week I miss it less. I was my intention to go to occasional meetings but there are such a bunch of cowboys in charge I don’t feel motivated and have found plenty of other things to do. There must be thousands like me. Great memories of the sport, but it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that the great days are gone and won’t be back.
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    Wimbledon Memories

    Possibly because it is true.
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    Wimbledon Memories

    I tend to agree with that. In my memory Barry Briggs is the greatest ever, but thinking back to an impressionable age I suppose his reputation went before him and he was probably a great rider in my imagination before I actually saw him ride, based on what I had read in Speedway Star. The reality is I probably only saw him race a handful of times, not enough to form an objective opinion, but I suppose Briggo to me represents that adolescent age when we have our hero’s and nobody else will ever come close to them.
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    Wimbledon Memories

    Was he the one billed as “ The Man aWith A Month To Live “ because of his spectacular style ?
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    In what order would you place these Aussie greats???

    My view entirely. Jason was a bit of a hothead early on but as you say he really had it all in the finish . Personally I would put him among the all time greats
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    The White Ghost.

    I don’t suppose you will get a much on that. Nobody is going to admit anything even if the rumours are true ( and we all know about the rumour mill in speedway) However the version I have read claims that levBreton caught Riggs back wheel which I suppose could have been contrived but a number of riders have been killed or injured clipping another riders back wheel , eg. Lee Richardson and Darcy Ward. Very difficult when one considers the media were generally less inclined to give all the details in those times.I suppose it could have been intentional but very unlikely. It is , though, the sort of crash that could start the rumour mill gossiping..
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    British Speedway to be reborn?

    Still unable to contribute to grown up debate then ? Still unable to comply with forum rules not to amend another members post. Prat.
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    British Speedway to be reborn?

    They had some quad bike racing at Lakeside a few years back. It was a very wet day but they didn’t seem to do a lot of track damage. However they have more bulbous and less nobly tyres and less powerful engines than speedway bikes, so the power is being transmitted to the track entirely differently. Quad bike racing like side cars are unbelievably boring on a speedway track.
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    British Speedway to be reborn?

    Modern solos do enough damage, especially at the start. Side cars are carrying twice the weight.
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    Your best speedway year

    I’ve never heard of sidecar racing ever being staged at Custom House, and certainly no fatalities. To the best of my knowledge there were four fatalities, all solo riders, two in the mid sixties and two in the early fifties. Three, I think fell and were hit by following riders, and of course Teo who hit the safety fence. Of course there were those who died in the Lokoren tragedy. That hit me very hard. I really thought Peter Bradshaw and especially Martin Piddock had big futures in the sport. Peter had a beautiful classy style that I loved watching. Martin was already a quality grasstracker when he came to Custom House and I really felt he was going to be a second Malcolm Simmons.
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    Your best speedway year

    ....and Olle Nygren, Christer Loftquist, and Tony Clarke in later years !
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    Your best speedway year

    My thoughts entirely , but on the subject of Knutson, are you aware of the actual reason he retired so early norbold ? I’ve heard people speculate on it and based on ah interview in SS I formed the impression that he felt he had had a good run, reached the pinnacle of World Champion, and came through relatively unscathed apart from a broken arm, so he decided to quit while he was in front, but that’s just my impression and I’ve always wondered about the real reason .
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    Your best speedway year

    I agree with that, but the more intriguing question is whether Mauger would have won six world titles if Knutson had carried on riding or indeed if Harrfeldt had not suffered his serious injuries. Both were closer to Maugers age than Briggs , Moore or Fundin who were all slightly past their best when Mauger was reaching his peak. Harrfeldt’s record certainly proved he had the talent to take a one off title but I can’t help feeling that Knutssons best was still to come.
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    Your best speedway year

    Those two are precisely the reason, IMO , why the One Day Final had to evolve into the GP series in a changing world. If I you look at all the winners prior to Szczakiel , luck obviously played an small part in their wins but you could say that if they were not the absolute best in the world at that time they were pretty close to it. I don’t think you could genuinely say that about either Muller or Szczakiel, and I very much doubt whether either of them would have won if not on their home territory. From ‘73 onwards some riders were getting onto the podium who were, good riders on the day but not really worthy of top three in the world by any objective test. The GP system was fairer by the time it was introduced , but I can’t help feeling even that has now run its course.
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    Your best speedway year

    The Lemon Drop Kid ! Never a great star but IMO a very underrated rider. One of the reasons for speedways golden era was not just that there were some outstanding riders at the top but there was also a strong second tier of riders to keep the top dogs on their toes. I stand to be corrected but I think PLJ never made a British Final let alone a World Final, or if he did he didn’t do very well, yet he was really a very good rider. That was the quality of the sport in this times. oh, where did it all go wrong ?
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    Your best speedway year

    According to Classic Speedway , Spring 2012, Norman Hunters average from official BL and KO Cup matches in 1965 was 9.67.
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    Your best speedway year

    Wasn’t there some row between Mauger and his promoter about that ? I think the promoter concerned was Mike Parker or Bill Bridgett, but whoever it was persuaded Mauger to stay with his PL club on the promise that the dispute would be sorted out within six weeks, which it wasn't, and Mauger’s ACU International licence got suspended as a result. I can’t remember where I read that, probably one of Maugers books.
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    Your best speedway year

    I was speaking in terms of Hunter and Simmons as not being top stars at the time, but two that made tremendous progress in the course of the season. In Simmons case it was, as I said, precipitated by the need to keep his licence for grass track, but both were much better riders at the end of the season, considering Simons was only about 18 or 19 and it was only his second season, and Hunter was I think only in his third season. If I remember correctly without checking Simmons book, it was Malcolm that pushed Dugard out of the West Ham team when he switched leagues early season, and according to Simmons there was bad feeling between them as a result . I don’t know where Dugard went after that.
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    Your best speedway year

    Maybe the years have telescoped in my mind. Perhaps ‘63 when Hedge was a on loan at Hackney, perhaps Hedge guesting, but definitely an article in SS using Hedge as an example of flaws in the handicap system.
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    Your best speedway year

    Another reason was Trevor Hedge. He was proving a match winner for Wimbledon going off scratch at reserve. I remember an article in SS I think by Eric Linden analysing his performance as an indictment of the handicap system.
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    England's best what order.??

    Malcolm Simmons started the ‘64 season in the PL for a very short period , possibly a matter of days but changed when he realised that by riding in a “ pirate “ league he would lose his ACU licence and not be able to ride grass track where he was earning a lot of money , far more than from speedway at the time. Not sure about Norm the Storm but I suspect it was a combination of not wanting to lose his ACU licence and ambition. He always knew he was good and wanted to make it to the where he more than likely would have ended up if not for that terrible hand injury at Prestatyn.
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    Your best speedway year

    In fairness , I think at least Monk , Boocock and Hunter were on the way up and were hardly typical of the average PL rider. If there had been no combination of leagues they would likely have made the jump from PL to NL anyway, Similarly there were Malcolm Simmons Norman Hunter and Ray Wilson who were making tremendous progress in the course of the season. It was without doubt the start of a golden era for British Speedway.
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