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  1. Yes, you're quite right in your insight on Polish matters. Good for you. Anyway, speedway is popular in the areas where there are speedway clubs. If you happened to be holidaying in Poland's North-East, there are thousands of lakes and pine woods, if you have asked local people about speedway, they probably would not know what you are talking about.
  2. After several seasons of financial crisis and lower wages, good times are returning back to the Polish EkstraLiga – reports website sports.pl.In the recent article published in Poland's top sport newspaper, its author speculates on the EkstraLiga top earners in the 2018 season. The list looks like this. Tai Woffinden (Wrocław and England) 1.9 million PLN or around £404K ( at the current rate of exchange ) After six years spent in Wrocław, Woffinden became a symbol of this club. Promoters and supporters have become very attached to the British rider . In order to keep him at home, they have been ready to put down any money. The club and sponsors around it are spending a fortune not only for the contract, but also to fund his appearance in the Grand Prix series. In addition to Monster, all of Woffinden's biggest sponsors are the companies associated in one way or the other with the Wroclaw club . If Woffinden had changed the club, he would be left virtually with no funds for the Grand Prix. He cannot count on his compatriots with whom he has been in dispute with for a year. At the beginning of October, Woffinden had several talks with Toruń promoters. However, people in Wrocław have noticed it in time, and following their offer, talks with Toruń were completed. It is interesting to note that in Wrocław, they have quite a peculiar concept, because the earnings of the top two riders, Tai Woffinden and Maciej Janowski, are even three times higher than those of Andrzej Lebedev and Vaclav Milik. Thanks to this, their promoters are able to balance the budget. The emerging stars from other countries can only be satisfied with the prestige (i.e.riding for Wroclaw) and wait for the end of their first "incentive" contracts. When Vaclav Milik in 2014 signed a long-term contract with Wroclaw he was only an up and coming young rider in the Polish lower division. If he was now a free rider , he could even count on a two-time higher wage. That's what happened to Szymon Woźniak. In Wroclaw, even as the individual Polish champion he could count on just over half a million PLN (around £107K). When the Wroclaw promotion heard what offer he got from Gorzów, they quickly began looking for someone else. Jason Doyle (Toruń and Australia) 1.8 million PLN, or £383K It was by far THE transfer of the season. The world champion tried to deceive Zielona Gora promotion for a long time. He wanted them to spend nearly two million PLN for a year's contract. In the new club, Torun, he got a lot of money (650,000 PLN, or £138K) just for signing. An additional amount will go to his account once Torun ] wins the League or at least a place on the rostrum . For every point he will paid as much as Chris Holder was in the previous season, that is 5.5 thousand PLN, (or £1.7K). In Toruń, they argue that he is an extremely valuable rider whose presence will positively influence the whole team. The compatriot's help may be needed especially by Chris and Jack Holders. Doyle has good reason to be satisfied, because as yet he has not earned this kind of money in Poland. Last season he earned less than 1.2 million (or £255K) from Zielona Gora. This year they offered him a small increase, plus a much smaller amount for the signature. It seems that in the new season he will be even more effective, because in the past, his priority was to win the world championship. Jarosław Hampel (Leszno and Poland) 1.75 million PLN (£372K) As the president of Unia Leszno admitted, both sides agreed terms in 20 minutes. Negotiations took place before Zielona Gora's last league match . Hampel wanted to leave and return to his old ground (Leszno). Thanks to the huge amount for the signature (600,000 zlotys), Hampel after three years returns to the top earners. The last contract in Zielona Gora was one of the lowest in his career. All because the promotion, and he himself had doubts whether he would be able to get back in the top form after his nasty injury . Eventually, last season he managed to earn about 1.2 million PLN (£255K). This time there were no problems in the negotiations. The increase will be large enough so that the rider can confidently plan a return to the Grand Prix. Emil Sayfutdinov (Leszno & Russia) 1.7 million PLN (£361.7K) For the first time in some years, he signed a two-year contract, and that tells a lot about his relations with Leszno promotion. As it turned out, the Grand Prix did not affect his form in the Ekstraliga . For years, his contract has been for a similar amount, with the difference that until now it was enough to be the top-earning rider in Poland. This time he found the conquerors not only in other clubs, but also in his own team. The Russian will not have any problems with this, because he is considered to be a rider that cooperates with his colleagues. A strong Unia Leszno team, similarly as in the case of Hampel, may cause his average to decrease slightly. Before this season, he had offers from Toruń and Grudziądz. From the first city he does not have very good memories, and Grudziadz offer was not able to compete with the offer that was given to him by Leszno. Leon Madsen (Częstochowa and Denmark) 1.6 million PLN (£340K) If he maintains his form of a lifetime from the previous season, and Czestochowa are promoted to play-offs, it will be his record season. In Częstochowa, he was supposed to get a contract worth 400,000 PLN (£85K) for the signature and as much as 6,000 PLN (£1.28K) for each point scored. The club, however, deny that they spent that amount. However, it is still much less than the Dane himself wanted at the beginning of the negotiations. Every year he talks almost with all EkstraLiga clubs and puts on the tables proposals for a contract containing sums that are not real. In Zielona Góra this year, he wanted half a million PLN for the signature and six thousand PLN per point . He traveled to Tarnów with a similar offer. There, they were giving him a contract with 100,000 PLN less than the original one. The same amount he finally agreed with Czestochowa, where he can count on four additional appearances in case of the team promotion to the play-offs. Niels Kristian Iversen (Toruń and Denmark) 1.5 million PLN (£319K) Another rider who benefited greatly from the Toruń offers. In his new club, he agreed 500,000 PLN (£106K) for the signature and 5,000 PLN (£1.06K) for each point scored. This can be topped up with bonuses for the place in the top three teams in the League and the Polish team championship. For years, the Dane has been seen as the EkstraLiga solid scorer, and the next season should be similar. Compared to the previous season, he can earn about 250,000 PLN (£53,2K) more. Gorzow tried to keep him, but did not want to top the amount from previous seasons. Bartosz Zmarzlik (Gorzów and Poland) 1.4 millionPLN (297.8K) For the second year in a row he is the best EkstraLiga rider . And yet, he cannot count on large amounts for his signature. In spite of this, against the background of other Polish riders he has done very well. The Gorzow promotion must regard him as the apple in their eyes, because Zmarzlik is a guarantee of full terraces. After this coming season, his contract comes to an end ,and if he plays it right, he can become the best-paid rider in the EkstraLiga . For Gorzow he is worth even more than 2 million PLN (£425.5K). The only question is whether there will be a club that will afford him and whether he will want to put his own club against the wall. The increase in his wages is guaranteed anyway. 8. Janusz Kołodziej (Leszno and Poland) 1.4 million PLN (£297.8K) He lost financially moving from Tarnów to Leszno, because in his hometown club he could count on the generous support of the most powerful sponsors. For years, he has been one of the most valuable riders in the EkstraLiga . He does not ride in foreign leagues and he devotes all his attention for the league matches in Poland. He gets about 500,000 PLN (£106K) for the signature.
  3. The first Pole to race in Britain

    There will be a feature on Henryk Zyto's 1960 season with Coventry in the spring 2018 issue of the "Classic Speedway" magazine available from Tony McDonalds's Retro Speedway
  4. The first Pole to race in Britain

    According to the available sources, MAX RECH, Polish pilot serving in Royal Air Force during World War II was the first ever Pole to ride speedway on British tracks. Max (Maximilian) Rech was born in Poznań in 1920. In the early months of World War II, with a pilot's license, he entered France and then traveled to England, where he joined the Polish Air Force fighting under the command of the RAF (Royal Air Force ). He was flying a Wellington bomber. On 15 August 1943 his plane with crews flew from Ingham Airport in England with the mission of demolishing the area of Borkum Island, part of the North Frisian Islands archipelago. Four minutes before the landing, the engine of the aircraft took fire after the attack of a German hunter. Twenty minutes later, at 23:50, the Wellington HE768 from the Polish squadron 300 crashed into the North Sea. Two crew members, Maximilian Rech and Czeslaw Poddany, survived the disaster and were drifting in the North Sea for eighteen days in a salvage boat . They were eventually "rescued", and actually taken captive by the German Kriegsmarine. Max Rech was sent to the IVB prisoners camp at Mükhlberg on the Laba river and later to another camp Luft VI Heydekrug in Lithuania, and later to Luft IV Gross Tychow in West Pomerania. The first mention of a competitor bearing the name Max Rech, then 26 years old, and referred to as "the former Polish airman serving during the Second World War in the Royal Air Force (RAF), dates back to 1950. He had a short spell with Fleetwood Flyers on the Lancashire coast. In that same year, Max Rech was one of the riders of the Exeter club in Cornwall . He never participated however in any of the team official meetings The next mention is that Max Rech moved to St Austell's "Cornish Gulls" club in the National League Division 3 and debuted in its colours on August 22, 1950, earning 5 +1 points in two races. He stayed with them through 1951 and into 1952 (when the name of Division 3 was changed to the Southern League). On 15 July 1952, Rech crashed at St.Austell, sustaining 3 broken ribs, a broken right arm, and a fractured collar bone. There is no mention of him ever riding again. After retirement from speedway he settled in the area of Newton Abbot. For many years Max worked as a bus driver for the Western National Omnibus Company in Plymouth. He passed away in 2004 MAX RECH known racing records: 1950 St.Austell 9 matches, 20 points 1951 St.Austell 21 matches, 94 points 1952 St.Austell 16 matches, 74 points TOTAL 46 matches, 188 points According to plymouthdevils.proboards.com, after his retirement, he moved to the Plymouth area where he sadly passed away in 2004. He was well thought of by Speedway followers in the South West, particularly Cornwall. I am grateful to Mr Brian Collins who provided me with most of above information. If anyone reading these words know anything else about Max Rech I will be very grateful for any information
  5. Swc 2018

    On the other hand...pigs may fly :-)
  6. Promoter's Agm!

    That might be so...but in my eyes speedway is an individual sport, like boxing or athletics, etc. Of course footbal fans want to watch their team. There would be no football if there were no teams, but speedway is one guy against three others.
  7. According to sportowefakty.pl Greg Hancock's new Polish club, the 3rd League, Stal Rzeszow, will allegedly pay him about £320K per season The contract is signed for three years. Mr. Ireneusz Nawrocki, new owner of the club, says he has a specific idea related to this contract. The Polish businessman, the new owner of the club, explains that Greg Hancock's transfer is part of a bigger plan. "We have enough strong team, so we would be able to be successful without him," Nawrocki admits. "I have an idea for Hancock, so I wanted to have him. And I would like to declare that I was the first representative of the lower league who made Greg's offer. The Lublin club turned up later, offering him a huge amount of money for a year's drive, but the champion decided on a three-year plan for Rzeszow, "comments Nawrocki. What was the businessman thinking when trying to get Hancock? - Firstly we want to attract people to the tracks of the Polish lower league - says Nawrocki. - Not only here in Rzeszow but, also at other tracks. Secondly, we want Greg to act as a drawing magnet for our youth. We hope that more youngsters will join us and learn to ride speedway. Hancock role will also be an advisory force, a part of the coaching so our adepts will be learning from him as well. "Thirdly, Hancock is to advise us on hardware issues," adds Nawrocki. - For this reason, in our team we also have his mechanic and manager Rafał Haj. (...) An important reason for getting Greg was also that he would be a good face for our business. The owner of the Rzeszow club admitted that there were first effects already of bringing Hancock. Sponsors who wish to advertise in the club are already enquiring , They all want to adverise with the club who has such an excellent rider . During the season, the value of having Hancock will be even greater because after all, Greg as a GP rider will be exposing Rzeszow name around the world "I've read stories that I could do without Greg." says Nawrocki. - I do not agree with this completely. There are tangible and concrete profits, because we have our man at the Grand Prix. Many doors are opening in fron of us. And this is just the beginning - concludes the Polish businessman, who shocked the speedway, taking on Hancock.
  8. Rest Of The World Riders

    ...at Rzeszow, in the Polish third level league competition...make of it what you like
  9. After seven months of rehabilitation the 2010 world champion is ready though to leave the hospital. He will will continue his rehabilitation / exercises at home. Gollob will leave the hospital at the end of November. The doctors agreed that the process of rehabilitation in the hospital is completed. In the past weeks He has undergone trials in walking again with the help of an exoskeleton, he was able to cover about 40 meters. Now the exercises will be done at home. - We have to have hope, but the chances that Tomasz Gollob will walk again are small. said Professor Marek Harat. Tomasz is aware of the situation. Of course, it can not be ruled out that favorable changes will occur and the core function will return, but we must also be prepared for nothing to change, so walking will require some cure, "he explains. Gollob also announced that once is released from the hospital, he would be more likely to appear publicly. - I needed some time to understand what happened. My career came to a standstill and everything changed. It was not easy to reconcile with. It's a pity, because I was hoping for another medal in the motocross and performance at the Dakar Rally. It can not be excluded that next year I will appear as a guest at the Polish Grand Prix at the National PGE. Certainly, if possible, I will also appear on other speedway stadiums. Professor Marek Harat persuades me all the time that there are still many things I can do, and that is probably true. I want to function normally and I will do everything to make it happen, "said Tomasz Gollob during yesterdays press conference at the Bydgoszcz hospital. source: sports.pl , onet.pl
  10. The Bsi As Seen From Pl

    I am surprise that you still got yours, because I already went bald Seriously though, I wonder why do you bother being here. Everyone is eager here to put their views accross. That's why we are here.
  11. Sec Events 1,2 & 3.

    It's imposible to damage something that is already damaged.
  12. The Bsi As Seen From Pl

    What a pity...I would love to be acquainted with the things you could dispute...even if it would take all afternoon
  13. The Bsi As Seen From Pl

    The BSI Company is a private company limited by shares incorporated in the United Kingdom under the Companies Act, The company had no employees during the current and preceding year. No employees??? Is that a bad thing ?...and if it is tell me why?
  14. The Bsi As Seen From Pl

    If BSI really wanted to show they were boss and put Poland in their place they'd run GPs on Sundays, Well, if they are THE Real Boss why don't they do it.. I wait to see it... To do it they would have to pay more in their tvelve rounds than the world top riders get by riding in the EkstraLiga... .... not Saturday, a day that British Speedway used until the GPs come along and stole it. and why the British Speedway allowed Saturdays to be stolen from them ? Tell me, why ?
  15. The Bsi As Seen From Pl

    Perhaps the text was for you too long to read and you did not understand it... It was not about the feeding and bog rolls. It is about BSI being stuck up, about their absurd bans, constant complaints, and nitpicking, just to prove to the Poles that they belong to the third world. It is about the fact that the BSI have been full of arrogance, and disrespect for the Poles. that they (BSI) regarded themselves as infallible promoters, saviours of the world's speedway, who must be served by a group of subjects – simply speaking they were giving impressions as being a better species of people , who had all the brains, were cleverly manipulating their position and used it in a disgusting way. Seems to me to be a lot of moaning about nothing. If you think that way then you surely did not understand what this text was about.