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• Adam on the outside of Kent’s Ben Morley

“I always remember talking to my dad years ago. I said to him, ‘there’s no gap’. And he replied, ‘close your eyes and make one’!”

Roynon is certainly an underestimated personality of the sport. He’s become an unsung hero of the excellent British Speedway Network streaming coverage.

His insightful delivery of how difficult it is to make it pay in the lower leagues has been refreshing.

But he’s also been through a lot in his personal life which has meant a bid to lean on what he learnt at school and think ahead to life without bikes.

The irony that he has a medically-trained background to go with his speedway record of injuries is not lost on him.

He continued: “Speedway has been keeping me going. Life has been very difficult away from the track. The sport is like the holy grail, it keeps me going.

“When you’re on the way to the meeting and then your helmet is on, you can’t think of anything else. It’s a different place you go to in your head.

“Last year I was working with Danny King riding in both leagues and riding myself. I didn’t have time to think.

“I studied psychology at A-level and I try to self-analyse myself to help me come through tough times. That can be a help but it’s very hard to work on yourself rather than someone else.

“I also got A-level in business studies, sports science and health and social care. I’m also studying to be a chiropractor for when my speedway career is finally over.

“I don’t even go to the surgery or docs anymore, I just know what to do!”

But for now, Roynon is still wanting success going sideways. It’s been another troublesome season, released by Redcar before ending the season in decent form at Scunthorpe and in the National League with Plymouth.

He remains philosophical about the brutalities of the sport, adding: “Redcar went with what they thought would win them the title race. It’s just unfortunate but I put my all in.

“I still go to the start line wanting to hit that first turn first. This year it just didn’t happen.

“It’s also down to engines, the ones under me this year just didn’t suit me. Since I went to Scunthorpe, I managed to acquire some engines that worked a lot better for me.”

As Roynon prepares for the NL Riders’ Championship, he admits he only found out he was in it on Instagram, adding that it was “typically speedway” and that the points money was particularly low.

The social media posts on the line-up sparked the traditional outcry on whether more ‘senior riders’ should be permitted to compete in the third tier.

Almost a third of the field – Roynon, Nathan Stoneman, Ben Morley, Greg Blair and Lee Complin – are north of 25-years-old.

Royno has applied himself with excellent forthright opinions as a commentator this season. But even my controversial question about whether he believes there should be an age cut-off in the division left him undecided.

After a very long pause, he said: “It’s a really tough question to answer. Years ago in the Conference League, there were riders like Buzz Burrows.

“It’s not about whether I should be riding or not, it’s what I can potentially pass on to the young riders.

“I always say to them on the track walk there’s four laps, take your time to achieve what you are trying to do.

“A lot of kids try to do it all on the first corner and get carted off in an ambulance. Then their season is over or they get demoralised.

“I was watching old meetings the other day in the old National League second tier from the 80s of Dave Jessup, Gordon Kennett and Mark Courtney.

“It is important to have experienced riders in lower leagues. Fans can also relate to them better as well.”

Pictures: TAYLOR LANNING & AMANDA MORRISON

RIDERS’ FINAL

LINE-UP

1 Joe Thompson (Leicester) 2 Ben Trigger (Plymouth) 3 Adam Roynon (Plymouth) 4 Nathan Stoneman (Oxford) 5 Jack Smith (Belle Vue) 6 Ben Morley (Kent) 7 Dan Thompson (Leicester) 8 Harry McGurk (Belle Vue) 9 Greg Blair (Berwick) 10 Tom Woolley (Armadale) 11 Jordan Jenkins (Oxford) 12 Lee Complin (Armadale) 13 Max Clegg (Kent) 14 Jack Kingston (Mildenhall) 15 Kyle Bickley (Berwick) 16 Jason Edwards (Mildenhall)

Back in September, 2006, when Roynon last won the Conference Riders’ title at Rye House, Beyonce and Jay-Z were No. 1 in the charts with a hit named ‘Deja Vu’.

It’s not a sentence I ever thought I’d write – but does Roynon believe he can emulate Beyonce and make history repeat itself?

He adds: “I feel like right now I’m riding better than I have ever done. But because everyone else is so bloody quick it’s hard to be on pace or score the points like I did years ago. I’ll give it everything I’ve got.”

Roynon is a wonderful character of the sport and deserves as much silverware as the scars endured.

If he can finally stay out of A&E, he could win the NLRC. And what a story that would be.

September 24, 2022 speedway star 25

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