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Bet Sundstrom not a happy bunny today.

Just read that Vaculik returns to Gorzow on Sunday and replaces Sundstrom.

Bearing in mind there are only 8 teams each of 7 riders, the fact he sits 42nd in the av tells its own story. Was similar in the 6 matches or so he rode late last season where he was down on a similar av. His 4 ride av is 4.27. The guy has been less than impressive and although some say a but unlucky in some rides, the stats don't lie. Only one win in 32 rides and 8 seconds. Not going to find it easy to get in again with the other riders they have. He can only get one of 5 slots with the 2 POL junior rule. Ok maybe as a number 8 picking up odd rides if others fail to impress but not named in the  squad for this coming Sunday. Anyway if he scores like he did last night for Poole who cares. 

Suppose he can concentrate more on Poole and his 2 Swedish teams. Not sure how it will affect him financially as he is part of the squad but no doubt a blow as no points - no money. Similar situation with Spaniak who was dropped for some matches by Rybnik. With Bewley also riding for the first time in their last match and getting a paid max sure won't help Spaniak's situation. Currently he only rides for Poole as in no SWE or DK team.

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7 hours ago, Starman2006 said:
13 hours ago, OldRacer said:

According to Ford, they spread a load of shale onto the track that would have failed such a test. Remarkable.

 

We are not the only track, so please dont just take a swipe at us.. ok.

According to Ford, Poole, Somerset and IOW spread a load of shale onto their tracks that would have failed such a test. Remarkable.

Happy now?

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31 minutes ago, lisa-colette said:

THJ didn't do that well for KL last season when he came in.

Don't want him at Poole I'm would think you don't either 

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With Holder not riding this season - does that not mean he has to have a year out before re-applying for a visa - which is what I think happens with other Aussies.  So it will be 2020 before he can ride here again?  

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3 minutes ago, Steve0 said:

With Holder not riding this season - does that not mean he has to have a year out before re-applying for a visa - which is what I think happens with other Aussies.  So it will be 2020 before he can ride here again?  

Who's asking. Not bothered, but if true Poole might get him on a reduced ave of 6 :P

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1 hour ago, ray c said:

Don't want him at Poole I'm would think you don't either 

He was good when he last rode for Poole but that was many years ago and he isn't the rider he was and would not improve the team.

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2 hours ago, Steve0 said:

With Holder not riding this season - does that not mean he has to have a year out before re-applying for a visa - which is what I think happens with other Aussies.  So it will be 2020 before he can ride here again?  

He won't be back next year apparently so maybe some truth in what your saying 

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3 hours ago, Orbiter said:

He won't be back next year apparently so maybe some truth in what your saying 

A few of us did say ages ago but no effer believed us.

 

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What a stupid rule.... 

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14 hours ago, Steve0 said:

With Holder not riding this season - does that not mean he has to have a year out before re-applying for a visa - which is what I think happens with other Aussies.  So it will be 2020 before he can ride here again?  

By next month (july 2018) he will have been out for a year anyway!!

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On ‎6‎/‎13‎/‎2018 at 11:21 AM, Skidder1 said:

There is an article in the printed version of today's Bournemouth Echo (not on the online version as yet!!) about the track work that has gone on.

It reads: "Matt Ford believes the Wimborne Road track is back to its best after extensive repair work was carried out. ...Ford admitted material costing thousands of pounds had been placed on the track but that it had not been fit for purpose. And the Poole promoter is hopeful that following repairs, those problems will be a thing of the past.

....We have had to go in different directions to resolve the problem. On Friday (8th June) we had six different people working on the track - both current and ex-track curators had an input. ...The product which we had put on was the same as that used by Somerset and the Isle of Wight and all of us had to take it off. It was just not capable of doing the job. The material just wouldn't bind, it was just like sand.

'I'm very confident the issue has now been resolved".

so he sacked the guy who had to work with material 'not fit for purpose'???? Jesus, glad he's not my employer...:mad:

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1 hour ago, Skidder1 said:

By next month (july 2018) he will have been out for a year anyway!!

 

Yes - but he was serving a ban!!

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16 hours ago, Steve0 said:

With Holder not riding this season - does that not mean he has to have a year out before re-applying for a visa - which is what I think happens with other Aussies.  So it will be 2020 before he can ride here again?  

Other ‘Aussies’  haven’t been in the aggro  he has. I’d be astonished if he ever got a work visa here again. 

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13 minutes ago, The Doctor... said:

Other ‘Aussies’  haven’t been in the aggro  he has. I’d be astonished if he ever got a work visa here again. 

Indeed would not be surprised.

Hopefully (and if UK Speedway is going to retain its current format in 2019), Matt Ford can plan his team for next year without all the added drama Holder has brought to the sport over 2017 & 18. This drama which many don't know the serious and full reason behind it, can be put behind Poole who can plan a side without him for next year. Matt has tried to help all he can but ultimately he has a Speedway Club to run which has been damaged by this saga amongst all the other drama's of this season.

Matt has the nucleus of a decent side as Brady Kurtz will improve once he adapts to riding  regular in POL/SWE/UK. Many forget he is still only 21 and this season is a massive learning curve for him without all the added pressures put on him by so many under achieving in the team and the lack of a proper recognised heat leader. His form has been as I expected it with ups and downs plus he still needs to mature mentally as has let himself down in some important races and finals. Also lets not compare him to Nick Morris. Nick is 3 years older but importantly he is in his 9th season in UK where Brady is in his 5th so 4 seasons less.

Still think Matt needs another decent new rider for 2019 to go alongside the likes of Kurtz & Woryna. He was gushing of Rob Lambert the other day (and rightly so as he has stepped up big time this season). Would be interesting if he could get someone to help sponsor the finance to purchase him as an asset as plenty of noises being made about him maybe needing a change of scenery in UK IF he chooses to ride UK next year that is. Will have no problem getting team places in POL EXL next season if he carries on as is as well as SWE and DK if he wants to give up UK for a less punishing schedule. For sure a full contract with a POL EXL Club would see to that just as it does with so many of the top riders.

The other thing is does Lambert live in UK now. I thought I saw somewhere he was living in Germany with his GF who is from overseas which in a way places less reliance maybe on UK. Although perhaps UK can give him both decent sponsorship - regular racing and perhaps what he  earns would go some way to cover all his travelling  expenses between the various Countries. UK may not be the big earner but sure comes in useful for the expenses a rider has around Europe ?? If he doesnt live in UK then I am sure Matt or Middlo would sort out accommodation when needed if he doesnt want to keep going to Norfolk to stay with mum ??.

Anyway just a thought.

Sundstrom would still concern me going forward. He has finally found some form but in both POL/SWE top leagues his form has been poor this season. I need convincing he can perform to Wed night level more consistently to be honest.

Plenty still to fight for this season but have this gut feeling we will lose out not having a real recognised number one when it matters. One match against a KL side missing half decent riders - a not fully fit or on form NKI and young Rob finally running out of steam in his last 2 rides after a manic week doesnt mean Poole are out of the woods yet. Remember them beating BV in that first home meeting against a weakened side glossed over some of the issues.

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