‘FANS WON’T SHOW UP’
Nothing in speedway is how it used to be – track surfaces are different, bikes have changed hugely and riders will understandably no longer be pushed around when it comes to racing on unsafe tracks.
The chances of meetings being abandoned are higher than ever as modern, high-revving bikes become even more unpredictable on inconsistent surfaces.
Imagine relying on a spinning rear wheel for the majority of your ability to slow down and turn into a corner. Imagine that when you roll off the throttle the bike speeds up and straightens up. That’s what happens when the surface changes mid-corner, stopping the wheelspin and sending the rider spearing towards the fence.
Something has to change, whether that’s the way the bikes work or the method of track preparation – and to spectators it doesn’t matter which. If they don’t think a race meeting is going to happen they won’t turn up. And without clicking turnstiles there’s no money coming in.