‘FANS WON’T SHOW UP’

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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.

Riders queue up to try out the new cir­cuit Bikes go­ing around sep­a­rately was all there was to see. This is Richie Wor­rall of the Belle Vue Aces Club of­fi­cials and riders in the af­ter­math of the aban­don­ment World champ Woffinden (left) tells MCN it was a

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