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  1. Nice to see Jason Doyle at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, entertaining the crowd with prolonged wheelies on the main straight and hill climb. Most of the crowd there are car people but the bikes are getting a decent showing in recent years, increasing in numbers and the spectators are becoming more appreciative of the riders skills. All the wheelies are greeted enthusiastically and get a great reception. Good on you Jason (and Greg Hancock who, I think was the first speedway rider appearance a couple oh years ago).
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    Eastbourne v mildenhall 14/7/18 OFF

    Hmm, once every 4 years the Football World Cup takes place - it is probably the biggest sporting event on the globe and attracts a massive following. The success of the English team this year has surpassed expectations and bought a sense of unity and pride across the country. Quite a few folk will be watching the national team on Saturday. Whilst England's progress couldn't be anticipated it shouldn't have been beyond anyone's planning abilities to see that this period would see reduced attendances and from a purely commercial perspective perhaps fixtures should have been arranged differently in the first place.
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    Glasgow 2018

    May I suggest replacing "naive" with "stupid". This is struggling to be a professional sport, and announcing signings before approval smacks of rank amateurism ......... unless of course you know full well that there is likely to be a stink whether it comes off or not and the resulting PR is what you were after all along.
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    The continuing decline of Speedway

    "Still in Pearson's world it was 2 great nights of speedway" What would you have him say? To be fair to Nigel, he can hardly saw "this is rubbish, I don't why we bother with this... etc etc" can he ? I think he feels some of the things we all do, I remember a TV meeting at Eastbourne v Poole when Bjarne Pedersen (riding for Eastbourne at the time) had an off night, you know the old "Agent Pedersen" quips were prevalent at the time, and speaking briefly to Nigel in the car park mentioned how Bjarnes off nights coincided with him riding against Poole. He smiled and said something like, "Yeah, but I can't mention that on air...." I don't think Nigel and Kelvin do a bad job in trying to promote something that requires major surgery........ in fact Boris Johnson's recent quips about polishing something spring to mind.
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    Thank you Sky for nothing

    Back in the 70's, in my late teenage years, I used to go along to watch the Reading Racers at Tilehurst. When that closed I moved onto other interests, mostly moto cross and getting on with other things in life and a career that saw a move to Sussex. In 2004 I upgraded my TV and got a Sky subscription, and by chance scrolling through the channels, came across speedway. Remembering that it was a decent spectacle live, I recalled there being a team at Eastbourne so checked it out and have being going, through thick and thin, ever since. So, yeah, you could say Thank You Sky for getting me back to speedway. As everyone else has pointed out though, the failure to use their money wisely isn't their fault is it ?
  6. If speedway is to survive, let along prosper, that track needs to be redesigned, and soon. No one in their right mind would go along and watch that procession week in, week out. I have only seen the TV meetings from Leicester and they have all been very poor, can someone say that what we witnessed isn't the norm ? Very disappointing advert for speedway - BT should be taking advice as to which tracks and meetings to broadcast - trouble is where would they get reliable advice? No one on the BSPA is going to say, "don't go there, it's crap" but if they want to promote the sport that is what is needed.
  7. So who was at fault tonight ? And any penalties ? 15.2.4 .................... This 2-minute time allowance is signaled by an audible siren and flashing amber lamp and if present (mandatory at a TV Meeting), be shown on a Countdown Clock.
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    Eastbourne v Kent 16th June

    Do we think it was an 'off night' or does it strengthen the case that we should be in the Championship league ?
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    Stoke

    Two good posts. Surely enough is enough. No one really wants to see a track close but neither do we want to hear of injuries or farcical circumstances further damaging speedways fragile reputation. A suspension or closure may be a blessing.
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    Eastbourne 2018

    Difficult to disagree with you. All part of the re-branding, new colours, racesuits, name, etc. etc. almost everything was thrown out, (including those running the track shop and the tea, coffee and snacks outlets). Only the burger and chips concessions are the same as last year.
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    Stoke v Cradley 12th May

    Dean, that's a hell of sentence.......and question. If I have got the gist of it though, I think you are saying that the modern engine, as set up, is only suitable for perfectly prepared tracks. Therefore, if a track is less than perfectly prepared, riders need to adjust, or de-tune, their engines accordingly. Or, if possible, ride a little more carefully or not so fast. So if the meeting was called off because of an 'unfit track' it is really down to the riders inability to negotiate said 'unfit track' and nothing to do with the home clubs preparation ? A bit like comparing the Isle of Man TT races to the Moto GP then ?
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    Potters v Colts - 5/5/18

    Thanks for your reply griffo. I inadvertently thought that the title Clerk of the Course carried some weight in the safe running of a meeting, and that the failure of the red lights would be a critical factor in determining whether a meeting was safe to continue. I concluded that if there were to be a serious incident when it was known that the red lights were not working then the Clerk of the Course would carry an element of responsibility and most likely be 'in trouble' (I did not mention being reported). My thinking and conclusions would be wrong though. It would seem that under Speedway Regulations it is OK to run without working lights if the Referee says so : 9.2.6.2 If the Lights malfunction for any reason and the Meeting Referee considers it safe for the Meeting to continue, flags will be used under the jurisdiction of the Referee. No doubt you will have carried out your responsibility under 14.2.1 g - bring matters concerning H&S issues to the promoters attention, as well as complying with the Clerk of Course Aide Memoire which requires you to Liaise with the Track Electrician to confirm that all track lighting and signals are in good working order and checking that an Electrician remains on duty throughout the meeting and arranging means of contact. So it looks as though I owe you, and other officials, an apology. It is OK to run a speedway meeting without functioning lights. Only the referee would have it on his conscience in the event of an accident. For all the other officials, it was 'nothing to do with me'.
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    Potters v Colts - 5/5/18

    Very disturbing. The referee should have tested the lights before giving the go ahead to run heat 15. If they failed the meeting should have been abandoned. The referee is now in a quandary. If he mentions it in his report but failed to take action, he should be in trouble. And rightly so. As should the clerk of the course. If he fails to mention it in his report the problem 'doesn't exist' and those in authority can 'rest easy'. Or can they ? Have the promoters, referee and officials no conscience ? it seems that there is no 'rider power', so perhaps you should get in contact with speedway authorities at a higher level, BSPA, SCB, the ACU even, and relay your observations. This sort of thing cannot go unreported, ignored, 'swept under the carpet' or pretend it didn't happen. Someone could be seriously hurt, or worse, if it's not dealt with provisionally and responsibly.
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    Eastbourne 2018

    I think you are correct in that this Saturdays match will be fairly one sided - again!, and I know you can only beat what's put in front of you. I wouldn't want the marketing mans job at the moment, anyone coming along to the opening matches wouldn't be coming back in a hurry, many of the 'races' are really 'riding around' with only the die-hards appreciating the riders efforts. So, I really hope that things pick up pretty quickly in terms of entertainment, Mildenhall, Kent, Coventry all look interesting. I have been attending Eastbourne since 2004 so am fairly well versed with the ups and downs of the club since then, and I have welcomed the NL as I like to think some speedway is better than no speedway. I also appreciate that the NL riders are mainly new to the sport and mostly 'hobbyists', so I have no axe to grind there. I just wonder if Eastbourne might be better off in the Championship ? The Dugards obviously have a competitive instinct and ambition, and I'm fairly sure the crowds would support professional speedway riders - the fortunes of Lakeside may well be worth keeping an eye on this year.
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    Regulation 18.14.3 and the Rule Book

    Probably because they are unpaid, unprofessional and just reacting to a situation. They haven't the time (or ability ?) to think things through or consider various scenario's on how that rule my be interpreted or acted upon. And they are not an independent body, so they are unable / unwilling to consider the ramifications of their actions outside their own interests. And that's why speedway is considered a mickey mouse, joke 'sport' and why people are walking away from it, let alone joining. I know it's a touchy subject on here, but just look at the difference in the running and professionalism of the GP series compared with league speedway.
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