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Poole v Belle Vue Thurs 2nd May 2019

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So a much bigger win than expected for the Pirates in front of a smaller than usual crowd, no doubt as a result of Good Friday's dustbowl and 2 home defeats.

However as I try to be a 'glass half full' kind of person, at least the Pirates have learned how to gate again - and even when they didn't the likes of BK and NBJ in particular showed there is more than one line around the Poole circuit.  BK top scoring with 14 points despite the 'Gavanism' that he always goes missing in the latter heats!!

Yes there were some processional races but as a Poole fan at least Poole riders were leading most of them.

(The meeting sponsor's choice of Jack Holder as Rider of the Night was a little surprising to most, but no doubt to build his confidence a little!)

In truth I was a little disappointed with how the Aces fell away as the meeting progressed - Fricke was his usual dependable self; Kenny started ok but then.......?! and not quite sure what was up with Steve Worrall who was firmly put in the shade by brother Richie who recorded his fastest time ever around Poole so no track problems for him (probably be the reverse on Monday?!). Also not quite sure of Lemo's logic in putting young Bewley in heat 15?! His scores went 3;2;1;0 in his programmed rides?!

As for the track, it was certainly better prepared than Good Friday. It was being watered right up to 7pm in bright sunshine and a stiff breeze, despite the threat of rain later on - which arrived around heat 13, although agreed it did look a little bumpy in places. The meeting was sped through quite quickly with only 2 re-runs due to starting infringements. 

The meeting was followed by Weymouth Wildcats v Milton Keynes Knights (18-18) in the first of their 6 Southern Development meetings at Poole.

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11 minutes ago, Skidder1 said:

So a much bigger win than expected for the Pirates in front of a smaller than usual crowd, no doubt as a result of Good Friday's dustbowl and 2 home defeats.

However as I try to be a 'glass half full' kind of person, at least the Pirates have learned how to gate again - and even when they didn't the likes of BK and NBJ in particular showed there is more than one line around the Poole circuit.  BK top scoring with 14 points despite the 'Gavanism' that he always goes missing in the latter heats!!

Yes there were some processional races but as a Poole fan at least Poole riders were leading most of them.

In truth I was a little disappointed with how the Aces fell away as the meeting progressed - not quite sure of Lemo's logic in putting young Bewley in heat 15?!

As for the track, it was certainly better prepared than Good Friday. It was being watered right up to 7pm in bright sunshine and a stiff breeze, despite the threat of rain later on - which arrived around heat 13, although agreed it did look a little bumpy in places. The meeting was sped through quite quickly with only 2 re-runs due to starting infringements. 

The meeting was followed by Weymouth Wildcats v Milton Keynes Knights (18-18) in the first of their 6 Southern Development meetings at Poole.

I try to be neither a “half full or half empty” type of individual but, just say it as I see it. I am however a long time motorcyclist and there are three things you try and avoid when riding your motorcycle 1/ idiot car drivers, 2/ manholes, 3/ potholes. Fortunately, the former are either not allowed on the Poole track or, built into the track. However, there is an abundance of potholes, all of which can and should be sorted. Why oh why don’t the Poole promotion focus on making the Poole track the best in the country and, in doing so give us decent elbow to elbow racing. If then trophies happen because we can deliver decent competitive, no excuse racing, that’s the icing on the cake.

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4 minutes ago, Aviator said:

I try to be neither a “half full or half empty” type of individual but, just say it as I see it. I am however a long time motorcyclist and there are three things you try and avoid when riding your motorcycle 1/ idiot car drivers, 2/ manholes, 3/ potholes. Fortunately, the former are either not allowed on the Poole track or, built into the track. However, there is an abundance of potholes, all of which can and should be sorted. Why oh why don’t the Poole promotion focus on making the Poole track the best in the country and, in doing so give us decent elbow to elbow racing. If then trophies happen because we can deliver decent competitive, no excuse racing, that’s the icing on the cake.

Because it costs money .And they don't want to spend it, but happy to take it. That's the only reason I can think of unfortunately.  

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Comments made by Middleditch in last weeks SS about the dusty track took some believing saying that the riders should talk to the track curator.

Does he think his job as a manager of the team shouldn’t include making sure the track is fit for purpose!

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12 minutes ago, GWC said:

Comments made by Middleditch in last weeks SS about the dusty track took some believing saying that the riders should talk to the track curator.

Does he think his job as a manager of the team shouldn’t include making sure the track is fit for purpose!

Not a chance, he only wants to do the “glory” bit of the job like having his photo taken with “the boys” and chatting gibberish on the pa and tv. 

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Maybe the Aces just weren't happy racing on the bumps etc so let the meeting go?

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1 minute ago, Trees said:

Maybe the Aces just weren't happy racing on the bumps etc so let the meeting go?

I guess it depends how dangerous they think it is? 

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48 minutes ago, GWC said:

Comments made by Middleditch in last weeks SS about the dusty track took some believing saying that the riders should talk to the track curator.

Does he think his job as a manager of the team shouldn’t include making sure the track is fit for purpose!

 If Ford won't pay out for shale and the track to be sorted, then Middlo will lay blame anywhere, but not at his buddies doorstep..

The riders did talk the track man. After it got dusty, apparently they asked for it not to be watered. And someone that day apologised and said that the riders asked for it not to be watered... :blink:

IMHO the only reason not to water a track in that state, is that there wasn't enough shale on the track and if it was watered, the base would be like an ice rink.

All it needs is money spending, and it looks to me like Ford want's to pocket as much as he can, without spending.

As i've said before Poole are the best supported, always been well sponsored, one of the most expensive for families( charges for kids), save £1000's on Kevlars , yet the track must be the worst in the league. Says it all.

 

 

 

 

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Lidsey broke his collar bone and had it screwed together a few weeks ago. 

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14 minutes ago, ouch said:

Lidsey broke his collar bone and had it screwed together a few weeks ago. 

A month ago. Most are ok after a couple of weeks.

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Just now, foreverblue said:

A month ago. Most are ok after a couple of weeks.

One could imagine a bumpy, potholey track not being particularly comfortable for him though even after a month. 

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2 minutes ago, foreverblue said:

A month ago. Most are ok after a couple of weeks.

Dont understand why you criticizing jamion young lad just starting out ?

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5 hours ago, Phil The Ace said:

Jaimon has had a baptism of fire. 

 

Faced Peterborough 3 times who have very strong reserves. 

 

Went Ipswich who again have very strong reserves. 

 

Went wolves which is a very technical track but got a race win

 

Then finally at Poole who again have very strong reserves  

 

Hes not seen any of the lse tracks before or raced in this country before but he has shown me enough to stick with him. Should improve 2nd half of the season. 

 

Berge and wells though

 Not so sure about. 

 

 

Didn’t expect much from Berge, Jamion as you say will improve in the 2nd half of the season. He’s a quality rider who just needs time.

Ricky has surprised me. He’s been such a dependable rider over his career and I thought at 2nd string he’d be absolutely fine but he can’t buy a win barely at the moment.

Wouldnt change anything just yet I think it will come.

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4 hours ago, Bagpuss said:

The bottom line is that much of British speedway is an overpriced, atmosphere-less and pretty unentertaining night out and it simply has to change. 

You believe it, I believe it and many others do too. But the Powers that Be ( yes I know they are investing their own money and that of some sponsors ) will NOT accept it. In the world where  90+% of promoters dwell - "All is well and things will soon "bounce back" is their take on it - at least in public. It is like other problems (gambling, alcohol or drug addiction ) until you admit you have a problem and know clearly what that problem is - change of any kind will not happen. UK speedway finds itself in that place.

When the league structure finally crumbles we can only hope that speedway racing on a semi-pro basis will continue at a few places. It may not though.

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Nigel tried to get the crowd motivated last night to no avail the stadium had no atmosphere at all 

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