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Message from Flat Track/Dirt Track School organiser Peter Boast:

"This Sunday October 23 2016: Flattrack School Level 1 is taking place. This is your chance to have a full day riding in the indoor arena. Places still available. Phone 01673 878426,or book on through our website www.flattrackschool.co.uk."

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Message from Peter Boast

Practice this saturday at our indoor facility 11am to 4pmish, pro ,Rookie and Juniors,oval and 2x TT tracks,£35.

It's new for us just want try make it work and we can keep running regular practices right through the winter,hopefully see you all there.

DTRA Members can £5 discount if they produce their MCF licence at sign on.

Phone 01673 878426,

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DTRA is pleased to announce our first visitor from the USA for 2017 season. Johnny Lewis will be joining us for Round 2 at the MCN Festival of Motorcycling 13-14th May 2017.

Ahead of the weekend Johnny will host a sold out 2 day training school at Greenfield Dirt Track. 20 DTRA riders will benefit from his training and advice.

Here is what Johnny had to say:
10 Training is excited to bring over years of dirt track experience to Greenfield Dirt Track with support from DTRA. Former Daytona Short Track winner Johnny Lewis;owner of 10 Training, number one goal is to help grow the sport of dirt track by producing safer/ faster riders on the track. In the states, Lewis provides 1-7 plus day programs to riders looking to develop their skills both on and off the bike, but for this special 1 day training program, Lewis has developed a program to provide the riders the key information to develop individually once they leave Greenfield Dirt Track. No one rider is the same, so Lewis will keep a close look on each of the 10 max riders taking part in the program each day and provide years of knowledge to either better the rider and or the bike to reach there max potential

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I understand that the meeting at Lelystad may have been postponed.

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Clip from a "Final" and looks like it is a "one man and his dog" sort of crowd unless they are all behind the person filming the great event :rofl:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yzp4P_jvdw4

 

 

A sad looking venue. Not much better than this place at Daytona, USA, by the look of things!

http://www.daytonain...nalspeedway.com

 

 

 

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In truth Flattrack is obviously a much bigger sport in the USA than in Europe where it is still pretty new but growing quite quickly the past couple of years. However it has been in the doldrums in America for a number of years with crowds and rider payouts a fraction of what they were in the past. It is very like Speedway in that way but there is a very determined effort to change things now underway.

In Europe is has been far more popular with riders than spectators it is fair to say. I think this may change as it has become the training method of choice for all of the MotoGP and Superbike riders with some bigger events taking place including those riders in Spain. Those riders have a huge following so certainly can't hurt the image of the sport.

The UK has a very well supported Championship run by the DTRA but despite (or maybe because of!) free entry for spectators at the majority of rounds doesn't pull much of a crowd. Some steps have been taken to change the appeal to spectators with the meeting format being changed. Now all the classes except the Pro class run their heats earlier in the day so that a spectator can turn up and watch an event that consists of just the Pro class heats and all the Finals. Previously it is felt that the event was too long for spectators but this should make for a couple of hours of decent racing.

Like all racing it's sometimes boring, sometimes good and occasionally great. It isn't Speedway and if you turn up expecting it to be you will be disappointed but Speedway is pretty different to any other form of motorcycle racing. It is certainly more popular with your average motorcyclist than Speedway.

If you turn up expecting to see 12 blokes at a time racing hard on a Speedway track on what are now actually road legal tyres you will very likely enjoy it. One of those sports that looks easy but the best guys are very skilled motorcycle racers indeed, ask any of the Speedway boys who have raced a meeting.

Arrive at Rye House for about 4pm on the 9th of April and you should get to see some good racing as the track suits the bikes and entry will be free.

Put Vinces very interesting post here as it is probably the best place for it,rather than the other thread elsewhere.Vince,who i think actually goes to meetings,unlike Mr Troublemaker,puts some very good points about the sport.But it has been running in Europe for a decade or more and has failed to shall we say,burst on the scene like most new sports do.It tried to take a ride on the back of speedway-longtrack stadiums and fans.Hardly managed to build its own fan base and from experience in Germany has generally been dropped from the speedway/longtrack programme where it had a short run as an added attraction

 

Have to see how things pan out for the future really

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Part of the attraction according to a Flat Track website and i quote

 

 

 

Flat track racing has an atmosphere all of its own, as most events don’t occur in multi-million dollar arenas but are held more at grass-roots tracks and speedways

Of course part of that "atmosphere all of its own" seems to be not only the grass-roots tracks,but the fact hardly anyone turns up apart from riders and family,which makes for an atmosphere all of its own.Well not really because you could compare it to the atmosphere of an after school kick around at the park maybe? :rofl:

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Part of the attraction according to a Flat Track website and i quote

 

Of course part of that "atmosphere all of its own" seems to be not only the grass-roots tracks,but the fact hardly anyone turns up apart from riders and family,which makes for an atmosphere all of its own.Well not really because you could compare it to the atmosphere of an after school kick around at the park maybe? :rofl:

 

It's hard to answer your quoted Posts. For some reason they don't all seem to carry the name of the originator of that item but just the word 'Quote'. As above you will see in the quote that data - name of original Poster, the date and the time. And I expect you will, as usual, have a 'good answer' to tell me where I am wrong to ask such a question! :icon_smile_clown:

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