The fans say
1. MAKE THE British Championship a five-meeting competition, ONE meeting each month, April to July, at different tracks on a Grand Prix format, last one at Belle Vue. Fifteen top British riders from this season take part plus a home track wild card. Top scorer is British Champion. 2. Make one month, e.g. June, cup month, start and finish the competition in the same month to avoid everything finishing in October. 3. Covers on tracks for Premiership and
Championship clubs, there’s nothing more frustrating than planning to go to speedway on a decent day, only to find rain from night before postpones the meeting.
1 PRIORITY has to be the end of fixed nights in the
Premier League, all it has achieved is Rye House closing down and probably all clubs losing fans. I estimate we must be in the region of 750 fans down at Belle Vue. 2 I feel we need to drive a wedge between the
Premier League and the Championship, they are too alike. Make the Premier League stronger and leave Championship where it is, this should allow riders to find clubs easier. 3 If clubs can afford riders over the eight-point limit,
then they should be allowed. 4 Clubs should be allowed to race when they want and if that means some riders cannot ride for their clubs, so be it. 5 All clubs must have a British under four-point rider at reserve. 6 Stop riders dropping down to the National League.
The NL should be for developing riders, clubs should be allowed one rider to help these guys, such as Jon Armstrong, but no more. 7 Encourage fans to travel and support teams, give season ticket holders for the visiting team a discount, at Belle Vue a group of fans have formed a supporters’ club to get people involved and travelling. 8 We need to encourage younger supporters, let kids into the pits to talk to riders and get the riders to show the bikes to kids. Earlier in the year we got to go in the pits at Belle Vue and Nicolai Klindt took the time to explain bits to the fans. I would also like to see people like Lee Kilby given a bigger role in the promotion of the whole of speedway, he does a tremendous job at Birmingham and Swindon.
EVERYONE wants to see the best riders on a regular basis but the financial risks must be too great.
However, could a super league be arranged over a short period of time between promotions who would take the risk?
I do not have a track to visit on a regular basis that I enjoy, but I do enjoy visiting Belle Vue on occasion, awesome racing.
Maybe go back to one league with regular race nights and no guest riders (similar to mid-sixties formats) after all, there seems to be lots of young local talent about.
I do realise that this seems to be devaluing the entertainment, but does it really? Viability is on everyone’s mind and this is a great shame because once this great sport of ours is gone, it could be gone forever (being a Cradley boy, I should know).
STOP the gardening and in a re-run straight back to the tapes.
And, PLEASE, not one league.
WITH the Speedway GP at Cardiff on Saturday, September 21, next year, how about this for an idea?
On the Sunday, Cardiff hosts the NL/CL/PL finals, each as a one-off, one leg final. What a weekend that would be!
16 speedway star November 10, 2018
Picture: IAN BUSH
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