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Fortythirtyeight last won the day on July 26 2019

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  1. Fortythirtyeight


    All air fences are removable, that’s how they get replaced after a puncture during a meeting. The Cardiff air fence belongs to the circus that is the GP and it’s owners. It would cost a few Bob to transport around 45 + panels to Bradford from any other track and I doubt any one track has enough panels to fit out Odsals track although Belle Vue might come close plus the compulsory spares. To give you a comparison , your track , Redcar, uses 31 panels so quite a lot needed for a track three times the size.
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    Redcar 2020

    Plenty of time yet to find a suitable candidate. Riss has recently changed his mind on his availability and so might a few others yet as circumstances in many countries, including the UK, change. The promoters at Redcar will do their utmost to put out the best team possible and are to be applauded for not reneging on rider deals, quite refreshing considering passed promoters attitudes.
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    New Junior League 2021

    Your certainly entitled to your opinion, however biased it appears. But the championship is way and above the strongest division it’s ever been, as televised matches proved time and time again on sky. It’s the Premiership that has been watered down for the last 5 years or longer and as for the NDL, well, it wonted to be ‘ professional ‘ but not pay its dues, now it’s been forced to be what it was supposed to be , a development division . The gap between the leagues should be just that, a gap. In division 2 days their clubs no.1 was used by the division 1 clubs as a RESERVE, that how big the gap used to be. If you know clubs who have recently provided all that, please name them . As someone who was involved in rider payments on behalf of a club I’d love to know who was going to that level as we had GP standard riders on the books and they certainly didn’t get those things.
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    New Junior League 2021

    A threat to what ??? They have imposed rules on the NDL as they can do ( “ in the best interests of the sport “) , what the heck was it threatening ? Other than pretending it was a professional league and paying wages way above a sustainable level but that was upto them , it wasn’t and isn’t threatening any thing !
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    New Junior League 2021

    So what are they classing as the ‘ juniors ‘ in this scenario ? National League riders ? MDL/NJL riders ? or have they a box of brand new juniors ready to ride one or two rides a week or 4 possibly 5 matches ( 10 rides ? ) this season ? Sounds like they have just come up with a new name for something that already existed at most tracks to me only vastly watered down.
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    Confirmed Signings for 2021

    Utter rubbish. Have you ever been involved in riders wage negotiations ? Whoever the rider is , at whatever position, he will be after the best deal he can get and the promoter will try and get him at the lowest rate he can get, that’s human nature. All riders and promoters talk, they all know what the going rate is so no one gets hoodwinked. Reserves will get reserves rates.
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    IOW 2020

    Yes, at one point three of the ‘ elite ‘ promoters owned over 90 riders between them, nice little loan fee earner without getting your hands dirty.
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    IOW 2020

    Never understood how the asset system is supposed to work. The last published list had riders on it that either had retired years previously, had suffered life changing injuries or worse! As there appears to be no ‘ transfer system ‘ like football and riders jump from one club to another year after year and , in many cases , never ride for the club that owns them then what is it for? I always got the impression it was to give the BSPA some comeback on finances should a club go bankrupt owing them money, like Coventry did?
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    Championship Pairs.

    I think they will still want to run the GP practice so that’s a no go.
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    Whats actually going on?

    Sings4speedway appears to be after the job of ‘ Voice of the Isle of Wight ‘ club or even after ‘ Voice of the NDL ‘ but then there are some happy clubs involved so perhaps not. Personaly I think it’s about time the division did go back to its roots of bringing on young riders , who only ride for expenses , like they did in the old days , or as it seems to be popular at the moment , “ for the benefit of the sport “ !
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    Whats actually going on?

    The type of team a club puts out, top heavy or balanced, is down to the participating clubs the rule allows it anyway they chose. I would have thought the clubs sensible enough to select riders on skill rather than just because they have a bike ! You appear to change your stance from one post to another. Good luck to only going to ‘ well balanced meetings ‘ .
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    Whats actually going on?

    I’m guessing you won’t be attending any Development League matches as you have such a downer on it now? The NL outgrew itself, paying riders who should have moved up too much to encourage them to stay and stagnate, big fish in a little pond. Now the sport needs to develop its own and bring on the youth which is what the new points limit is intended to do. The racing will be fine just a few seconds slower and a few more fallers perhaps. They have to start somewhere changing the sport and they’ve started here. It’s a shame that I.O.W. have pulled out but that’s their decision.
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    May 17th

    Be careful...what’s the interpretation of .?...” If successful, "up to 10,000 people or 25% of total seated capacity, whichever is lower" will be allowed in stadiums for sporting events, but not before 17 May.“ If a speedway club has only enough seats for 150-200 ( about the norm at a lot of tracks ) then 25% of that is not viable. Im sure there will be other twists and turns but I hope that is not a hardened fact type statement.
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    Redcar 2020

    Very sad news as Barry will be a loss to speedway in the north east. He supported many, many riders of all abilities in speedway, grass track and moto x through his business supplying fuel and oil and he was a stalwart start Marshall at Redcar and occasionally Newcastle as well as doing two Grand Prix’s in his time. Barry was a smashing fella and he will be sadly missed around the tracks all over Europe. My condolences to his partner and the family.
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    Having spoken recently to one of the ‘ tentative enquirers’ I fear you may be correct ( for once ) . The figures certainly frightened off the former successful promoter.

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