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  1. I reckon he's young and Australian!
  2. heathen79

    Bspa Agm Outcomes

    So now change the double tactical rule? No incentive, encouragement or protection for British riders in either league? No move towards getting rid or reducing guests? Nothing to encourage more missing riders back to the Elite League? And why are Leicester denied moving up? So that the ten clubs can keep more Sky money for themselves for one last year? Seems to me a distinct lack of any positive or constructive moves at all.
  3. New thread for AGM Official Outcomes? BRITISH Speedway bosses have completed their three-day AGM to conclude matters of 2012 and to set League structures and regulations for the 2013 season. The major points are summarised below. 2012 TRACK OF THE YEAR AWARDS Scored by referees throughout the season, based on track condition and overall presentation of the Stadium and the meeting. Elite League – Joint winners: King’s Lynn and Wolverhampton. Joint-3rd: Eastbourne and Birmingham. Premier League – Winners: Scunthorpe. Joint runners-up: Somerset and Berwick. National League – Winners: Dudley. KEY POINTS FOR 2013 SEASON MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE The BSPA Management Committee remains unchanged for 2013 with Alex Harkess as Chairman, Jon Cook as Vice Chairman, Chris Van Straaten Elite League representative, and David Hoggart and George English Premier League representatives. The reserve members for 2013 are Rob Godfrey and Gordon Pairman. Tony Mole remains as President. ELITE LEAGUE 10 clubs as in 2012: Belle Vue, Birmingham, Coventry, Eastbourne, King’s Lynn, Lakeside, Peterborough, Poole, Swindon, Wolverhampton. 28 matches (as in 2012) prior to play-offs. Points limit: 42.50 Doubling-up positions: These have been set at a maximum of three per team for 2013, with ONE rider named in each position. A Premier League guest will be utilised in the absence of a doubling-up rider. The Knockout Cup competition has been shelved for 2013. Chairman Alex Harkess said: “It is fair to say that the 2012 KO Cup was so adversely affected by the weather and league fixture changes that it lost momentum. “With ever-increasing overseas rider commitments, re-staging opportunities were few as a consequence of those difficulties, and with some clubs unable to participate the Elite League members chose to rest this competition for the time being.” Leicester’s application to join the Elite League has been put on hold for 12 months when they have been invited to re-apply. It was felt by all parties that in the current difficult economic circumstances, both the Elite and Premier League numbers should be protected. Leicester promoter David Hemsley said: “Though it is disappointing for us at this stage not to enter the Elite League, we recognise that we are part of a bigger picture, are grateful for the support we have been given for the future, and pleased that we are encouraged to pursue our ambition to race at the highest level. “We would always want to do what is right for British Speedway and we are looking forward to an exciting year of competitive Premier League racing.” PREMIER LEAGUE 13 clubs as in 2012: Berwick, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ipswich, Leicester, Newcastle, Plymouth*, Redcar, Rye House, Scunthorpe, Sheffield, Somerset, Workington. *Plymouth have been given a further seven days to secure a tenancy agreement with the new consortium who have agreed terms with the current club owner Mike Bowden. Points limit: Remains at 42.50 Premier League: One home, one away with the winners decided from a knock-out play-off between the top six clubs. Premier League Cup: To open the season with four groups: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Berwick; Newcastle, Workington, Redcar; Sheffield, Scunthorpe, Leicester; Rye House, Somerset, Ipswich, Plymouth. Knockout Cup Round 1 draw: Berwick v Redcar, Glasgow v Rye House, Newcastle v Plymouth, Leicester v Edinburgh, Workington v Ipswich. Byes to quarter-finals: Scunthorpe, Sheffield, Somerset. SHARED EVENTS The Speedway GB events will again be co-ordinated by David Hoggart and remain as they were in 2012: British Final, British Under-21 Final, Elite League Riders’ Championship, Premier League Riders’ Championship, Premier League Fours, Premier League Pairs. Dates and venues for these events will be announced in the New Year. The BSPA have also supported an initiative to stage a five-match Team GB v Australia Test Series on Premier League tracks. Workington, Sheffield, Newcastle, Rye House and Ipswich have all been nominated. GENERAL ITEMS The BSPA have made a donation, combined with clubs, to support the Sharon & Darren Boocock Scholarship in Australia. This has seen many young British riders accelerate their development, and it was felt entirely appropriate that we should make a financial contribution. Neil Middleditch, Neil Vatcher and Phil Morris will retain their respective roles in the Team GB set-up. Action For Children will again be the BSPA’s adopted charity and will be supported with track collections and dedicated events. The BSPA have supported a project to develop an electronic ignition system that will limit engine speed and consequently reduce premature wear and damage to engines. The project commenced in 2010 and is now ready for track testing. This will commence in November and will be supervised by Jim McMillan, SCB Technical Advisor. The objective is to improve reliability which in turn will reduce repair and maintenance costs to riders. FIM BSPA members were advised of the successful establishing of the International Speedway League Bureau, which is a huge step forward in coordinating international and league fixtures. The Bureau members include Denmark (DMU), Sweden (SVEMO), Poland (PZM), Czech Rep (ACCR), Germany (DMSB) and Great Britain. The purpose will be to harmonise the utilisation of riders to avoid disruption of League fixtures in the event of a conflict. The ISLB will be chaired by Alex Harkess who will be joined by ACU Committee member Tony Steele. In summary, BSPA Chairman Alex Harkess said: “After a very difficult season economically we have experienced some wonderful competitions that have gone to the last few races before the Championships have been decided. “The play-off Finals were a resounding success and brought fresh impetus to the League Championships. It is encouraging that all members of British Speedway are looking forward with enthusiasm to the 2013 season.” http://www.speedwaygb.co/news.php?extend.18554
  4. heathen79

    Mildenhall V Dudley Sun 19th Aug 16:30

    Perry injured in U21 meeting on Friday and doctor ruled him out for 48 hours. Was due to be missing the Mildenhall match anyway as he was scheduled for the European Grasstrack Championship. His injury meant missing that meeting, but he hopes to be back for Tuesday.
  5. heathen79

    Mildenhall V The Heathens

    The Leicester article in Speedway Star appears to back up the Heathens argument. They state that agreement was made with Mildenhall (and also Workington) to move the start times on the 19th August - Mildenhall to start at 3pm and Leicester at 7.30pm - to enable the three riders in question to do both meetings.
  6. Seems there was a run off for ninth. I thought the top seven went through from each round. Phil Morris says on Twitter that Tom got the last qualifying spot. Anyone confirm how many through?
  7. heathen79

    Nl Fixtures

    End of the month is the planI believe.
  8. heathen79

    Radio 4 Goes Speedway!

    Agreed. Very interesting show. Unusual platform for speedway, but well produced an insightful for speedway and non-speedway fans!
  9. heathen79

    League A G M

    Heathens have a full 1-7 agreed, with only the last rider still to be publicly announced.
  10. heathen79

    Heathens 2012

    I think Ash at #5. But all sorts of permutations available here. Just a question, not a suggestion, but what about Tom at #2 with Adam? James at #3 and Byron at #4. Too radical?
  11. heathen79

    Micky Dyer?

    Seems like Micky is going to be at Edinburgh in 2012 then. Great news. Good luck Flyer!
  12. heathen79

    Micky Dyer?

    Fair comment, but he came in part-way through the season and it was his first time away from Aussie on his own. If he was coming in at the start of the season next year and not giving everyone a couple of months head-start, it would be a significant difference. Plus, he's had the experience of being over here now, and would be stronger for it next time around. His natural style and ability should be the biggest factors to put faith in him.
  13. heathen79

    Heathens 2012

    Bekker should really be a steal on that average. He's still relatively young and has been a consistent heatleader in the NL for a few years, should is certainly capable of 8.00+ Last year was decimated by injury and the Belle Vue track probably didnt help! With the Cradley boys in his pits corner already, he'll be well backed. He's been a reliable guest for us for the last couple of seasons, coming in to replace our Number One. Now he comes in on a 6.5 average. Potentially strong team coming together nicely! Edit: James White-Williams also now confirmed on 4.53 average.
  14. heathen79

    Micky Dyer?

    I thought Micky was great. Superb style, very natural on a bike and exciting to watch. I'd agree he should be capable of 5.00+ in the PL Was really disappointed to hear that he'd packed in speedway 12 months ago, but delighted that he's on the comeback trail now - he has plenty to offer.
  15. heathen79

    Heathens 2012

    Adam Roynon confirmed as Heathens Number 1 and captain on 9.08 average. Good luck to him for a safe and successful season!

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