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  1. Krzysztof Cegielski, and great majority of speedway followers in Poland are strongly against this idea. Below is what he had to say on the subject in SportoweFakty.pl (...) I would like to remind anyone that strong and rich speedway leagues in Poland did not come from the fact that one or the other club chairman, riderr or anyone else came up with the idea of building the best speedway league in the world. We achieved this position thanks to the successes of the Polish riders. It was the successes of Tomasz Gollob supported by Jarek Hampel in the GP and the entire team in the World Cups that caused the interest of big sponsors, television stations and the media. Some time ago we had to pay for television channels to show speedway on our screens. Today TV channels are fighting among themselves for it. That is why we must watch our team and introduce our own younger talented riders to it. We would not have had them, were it not for the provision for two young Polish riders at no. 6, 7 (or 14,15) Today there would be no Drabik, Smektała, Kubera, Lampart or the entire backbone of our National team. If today we forcibly throw foreign juniors into the Polish speedway at the expense of Wojdyła, Szlauderbach, Bartkowiak or Świdnicki, then we will close the natural access of more riders to ou rNational Squad..
  2. British fans who follow Polish speedway must be aware that In many respects, the realities in Polish speedway are somehow different from those in the UK. And as already explained by others, Polish clubs are not necessarily supported by the paying public alone. It is also wrong to compare admission cost in Polish speedway to that in the UK. For a start an average income of "a working" man in PL is not even nearer of that in the UK. If it was there would not be so many of them in your country.
  3. They don't have to be :-) The thing is that clubs, as such, can only pay so much to individual riders, but on top of that there are individual sponsors (arranged by each club) who pay whatever they feel is appropriate and acceptable to each rider. This system can create problems as some riders experienced. Apparantly Russian rider Kulakov, the top rider from the Polish First Division, is moving from Tarnow to Torun because Tarnow is lagging behind with paying him sponsor money.
  4. Why do you believe what SpportoweFakty writes. They are nothing more than tabloid publication interested in whipping up atmosphere around given event. What exactly was wrong with Wroclaw track? Can you supply any evidence of incorrerectess. Why Kolodziej, Sayfutdinov and Drabik were able to score handsomely and world champion and Grand Prix winners could not. And yet they all rode on the same track.
  5. ""very" seems to be understatement...on top of that Magic cannot win a race...disaster!"
  6. I also agree with what you've said.
  7. I have never sugested of anyone being "completely stupid" :-)
  8. This topic gets on my nerve...because people on here do not seem to realise what Polish people earn on average. According to statistics average wage in PL is $13'079 and in the UK $55'054. Having this in mind now you can compare speedway entry prices in PL and UK. Will you still say "no wonder they get such a big crows", or will you think again.
  9. That's a good question...most of Polish fans thinks so...and would like to crucify him for this. I' wondering, the same way as they think it was as you, whether it was such ofense
  10. In Polish speedway there are no "reserves". Instead at nr. 6 & 7 there are riders U-21...and Kubera + Smektala fit that bill.
  11. All that you've said above... I agree with...but I would add one more thing. People in Poland flock to the stands not so much because they are concerned about speedway as much as they're concerned about themselves and their image among their own countrymen. They want to portray themselves as being superior to those in other speedway towns. If they would love speedway they would attend in thousands any speedway event. As it is they do it only for the League competition.
  12. If you believe in Polish press then Rybnik hve nothing to do with Bewley appearance . According to Rybnik manager, Mr. Zyto, Bewley needs to change his behaviour. He did not appear on Friday's official practice. He had not been seen on Rybnik's track neither on Saturday. He was suppose to practice together with Troy Batchelor, but the Australian admitted that he felt tired after an intense week in the UK and gace up practicing in Rybnik, the track he got to know very well. Bewley was not even present at the Rybnik fixture with Lodz, he flew from Wroclaw to the UK where he rides on Monday Premiership meeting.
  13. If you have super fast engine there is no need to rely on gating
  14. Polish daily sport newspaper "Sports Review" published today the story presented here below: I was wondering what you think of it - right or wrong? Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Polish PGE Ekstraliga Andrzej Witkowski wants the age limit in the best speedway league in the world. According to the idea of the former president of thye Polish Federation (PZM), from the new season at PGE Ekstralidze, there would be no riders over 45 years of age. This would mean the automatic end of the career of Greg Hancock, Runa Holta and problems for Piotr Protasiewicz (he will be 45 years old next year). The activist's proposal was taken very seriously and will be discussed during the General Meeting of Shareholders of PGE Ekstraliga, which will take place on 18 June. The idea was presented on Friday in Częstochowa, where the official meeting of the Supervisory Board of PGE Ekstraliga took place during the inauguration of the competition. - Admitting such riders to ride is an anti-advertising for speedway - says Witkowski. - When I told the IOC that Greg Hancock had recently won the speedway world championship after 19 years of his first triumph, most activists grabbed their heads. Such things do not even meet in a bridge or shooting! This testifies very badly to our sport. After all, this sport should be associated with youth and courage, not with older men who have been winning most of the competition for over a dozen years - explains Witkowski.

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