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56 minutes ago, MattK said:

Congratulations to Leicester. They certainly have put together the strongest team so far. I think they will definitely give Poole (the second strongest) a run for their money.

Poole do have Woryna in on 4.65 which is his 2016 average when riding for Coventry.  2 seasons later he is now a much better rider and will surely improve his average considerably. Likewise Szczepaniak is in on  presumably an old out of date average and what I have seen of him lately he will also surely add a few points to his starting average of 4.54. Typical shrewd thinking by Mr Ford yet again. Poole will do alright methinks.

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8 minutes ago, Grachan said:

Me too. I just thought that that might be the only contentious position in the order. But the order is pretty logical to me. Doyle (9.69), Lindgren (9.29), Vaculik, Morris (8.87), Thorsell (8.64). Yet Vaculik is assessed as being below Morris and Thorsell.

 

I get what your saying but he has never rode over here. I would say Morris and Thorssell are only marginally behind Vaculik anyway but in the UK next season it will be close.

Splitting hairs i would have said 8.50 would be fair....but then riders pf the calibre of Zagar and Tai never achieved 8.50 last time they were here and they are better riders than Vaculik

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15 minutes ago, Gavan said:

I get what your saying but he has never rode over here. I would say Morris and Thorssell are only marginally behind Vaculik anyway but in the UK next season it will be close.

Splitting hairs i would have said 8.50 would be fair....but then riders pf the calibre of Zagar and Tai never achieved 8.50 last time they were here and they are better riders than Vaculik

Indeed.  An assessed new foreign rider is always a gamble.

1 hour ago, Grachan said:

Winning the league in this sport isn't all it's cracked up to be. It just leads to a feeling of disappointment afterwards.

Try winning the Championship in Football.  Promotion to the Premier League, then the clubs only ambition for their tenure in the top flight is not being one of the worst 3 teams.

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3 hours ago, Col said:

Indeed.  An assessed new foreign rider is always a gamble.

Try winning the Championship in Football.  Promotion to the Premier League, then the clubs only ambition for their tenure in the top flight is not being one of the worst 3 teams.

I do think that it is less of a gamble with Vaculik, I think he will be suited to our tracks.

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5 hours ago, g13webb said:

Its so much easier being a big fish in a smaller pond....;)

Big fish? 

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1 hour ago, foreverblue said:

I do think that it is less of a gamble with Vaculik, I think he will be suited to our tracks.

It is far from a massive gamble, but I imagine his scores will be somewhat inconsistent for the first month or two.  Some tracks will obviously come more naturally to him than others.  The big thing for me is, having someone of the quality & experience of Andersen alongside Vaculik & Pieszczek in the pits to offer advice.  King also.

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17 hours ago, Col said:

It is far from a massive gamble, but I imagine his scores will be somewhat inconsistent for the first month or two.  Some tracks will obviously come more naturally to him than others.  The big thing for me is, having someone of the quality & experience of Andersen alongside Vaculik & Pieszczek in the pits to offer advice.  King also.

Hans is a major plus for them, as Middlo said he won't increase his average much if at all but he is experienced, was a great captain for Poole and his help in the pits is invaluable, a major miss for Poole and a major plus for Leicester, good luck to him and the team, I am sure Leicester supporters will be excited by the team and they look like title contenders to me.

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On ‎10‎/‎01‎/‎2018 at 11:24 AM, Barrow Boy 2 said:

Poole do have Woryna in on 4.65 which is his 2016 average when riding for Coventry.  2 seasons later he is now a much better rider and will surely improve his average considerably. Likewise Szczepaniak is in on  presumably an old out of date average and what I have seen of him lately he will also surely add a few points to his starting average of 4.54. Typical shrewd thinking by Mr Ford yet again. Poole will do alright methinks.

So will you guys. Best 2 teams on paper so far.

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Has anyone heard who the Team Manger will be for the forth coming season? I'd personally love it if Steady would be prepared to double-up and travel down the M1 to us every Monday. He was a huge fans favourite as a rider.

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Leicester look good to me, will be interesting to see peoples predictions once all teams are announced.

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Some of the team, we more or less know what we're going to get.

There are two who you can put into the category of unknown quantities although we have good reasons to be hopeful.

The key man I think is Newman, especially early season. Can he properly fulfil his promise, and stay clear of injury? This is the year when he needs to kick on. Will he??

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1 hour ago, Big Al said:

Some of the team, we more or less know what we're going to get.

There are two who you can put into the category of unknown quantities although we have good reasons to be hopeful.

The key man I think is Newman, especially early season. Can he properly fulfil his promise, and stay clear of injury? This is the year when he needs to kick on. Will he??

Kyle has to kick on this year because he meant to have done it for last 2 years. I just hope the guy can stay on the bike and not get injured. Last time he had a full season in 2015 won a title could he take the lions there this year??

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Looking at our team for next season, I'm as optimistic as you can be for a Lions follower. If we are to be serious title contenders, then we cannot carry anyone. The key could be trigger happy Sarj. The margin between a warning and making a perfect start is so slight and if Sarj can get some help from senior team members on this front he could pick up some valuable points, particularly at home, against opposing reserves and second strings. If he does start trapping better it would also be a saving on elastic!

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Would have been a big bonus if Leicester could have tempted back Syzmon Wozniak for this year as he had an average under six and is now Polish Champion and over 21. 

 

Decent team ram and good experience with Hans being a great team man and good with youngsters. 

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