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  • Ray de Galles
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    Scunthorpe are hosting (and advertising as open to the public through limited advance sales) a leg of the British Youth Championship next Sunday too.

    Leicester are making noises about holding one-off NL level meetings when their local lockdown is eased too.

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  • Third rate Leszno
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    Scunny and Berwick have both made positive noises about racing, Berwick have lots of space to allow a well-distanced crowd.

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  • Greenlander
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    Sounds like Leicester and Belle Vue were due to take part.

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  • Greenlander
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    Plymouth Gladiators Statement:

    The Promoters and Directors of Plymouth Gladiators Speedway have made the following statement; following the news that the planned short National Development League season due to start in mid August has now been cancelled, due to stricter controls and Covid 19 measures being enforced / reenforced by the Government in the past 48 hours:

    “We are naturally disappointed to hear the news that the NDL season has been cancelled. We fully understand and support the BSPL in making this decision especially as two of the Teams likely to take part in the NDL are in specific lockdown areas in Leicester and Manchester; and others may be subject to specific added measures.

    We are progressing well in talks with the Public Protection + Environmental Health Department of the City Council regarding the Permits / Approval to stage Speedway and Motor Cycling Events at the Coliseum; and also to commence some Events as part of the PACE (Plymouth Arena Community Events) project that we recently announced.

    We expect to have various approvals in the next 7-10 days relevant to the guidelines for Covid 19 as they exist at the time of these inspections.

    We remain committed to staging top quality Speedway Events in the next few months only if it is safe and viable to do so, subject to all of the necessary approvals.

    These may involve Speedway Team Challenges at NDL level with our recently declared Team, Individual Trophy Events and other forms of motor-cycle sport, such as MSDL (Falcons) Speedway; Quad; Sidecar and F2 Speedway.

    We will assess and monitor the situation in the next few weeks prior to announcing any Fixtures and plan to continue the successful fortnightly Private Speedway Practice sessions in the meantime.

    We are not able at this stage to admit spectators to these Practice Sessions, but will hopefully have positive news soon.

    Thank you for your fantastic support and patience and we will do all we can to stage Speedway when we can do so.

    ​​​​​​https://plymouth-speedway.com/plymou...s-statement-2/

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  • Greenlander
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    Just in case you haven't seen the reasoning by now:

    ​​​​​​http://www.speedwaygb.co.uk/news.php?extend.38198


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  • Ray de Galles
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    What, what? What the fuck happened there?

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  • Greenlander
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    League season cancelled.

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  • Greenlander
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    I presume speedwaygb.co will put the fixtures up in due course. Government restrictions notwithstanding.

    When I hear more I'll update. It sounds like two clubs will be quite far north (for us) as there'll be a northern tour weekend.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Originally posted by Greenlander View Post
    So there will be an NDL commencing around the middle of August. It'll be 5 or 6 teams, one of them being Plymouth. All teams will race on a Saturday except one on a Friday (which I guess will be us) and fixtures will be out soon. At last some live sport to attend.
    Excellent news, is there a central outlet to follow (asides from the clubs themselves) for fixture info?

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  • Third rate Leszno
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    Originally posted by Greenlander View Post
    At last some live sport to attend.
    If you're really desperate for a motorised sporting fix and don't mind a trip out then I notice the stock cars are back racing at St. Day (Sunday) and Smeatharpe (Monday).

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  • Greenlander
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    So there will be an NDL commencing around the middle of August. It'll be 5 or 6 teams, one of them being Plymouth. All teams will race on a Saturday except one on a Friday (which I guess will be us) and fixtures will be out soon. At last some live sport to attend.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Yeah, he was fantastic again tonight in the penultimate leg of the Euros and all the Poles I spoke to when I was over there were raving about him.

    I have a ticket for the rescheduled Speedway of Nations at Belle Vue in late October and would love to see Woffinden and Lambert have a good go at it, should the meeting go ahead.

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  • Exiled off Main Street
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    Speedway is up and running in New York - meetings every weekend July and August. It's easy to physically distance in the stands (sadly). But, as that part of NY don't embrace mask wearing, it's Trump2020 country, I will likely stay away until September (Labor Day Weekend) when the Californians will fly in for the US Open.

    Robert Lambert has been having a brilliant season in Poland. Britain's next World Champ let's hope.

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  • Greenlander
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    From our website this evening: If enough clubs can gain permission from their local authorities then a league will be run.

    No idea what the number is to make it viable, but considering it was due to be a seven team division this summer maybe not that many. Sounds like Newcastle and Peterborough are out though.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    I hope to take you up on that. Would be good to say hello again.

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  • Greenlander
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    Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
    Sounds promising, or at least better than everything looked two days ago.

    I may be finally gracing your home track!
    If you make it west I'll buy you a pint.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Sounds promising, or at least better than everything looked two days ago.

    I may be finally gracing your home track!

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  • Greenlander
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    The aim is to get some kind of competitive structure and not just challenge or individual meetings. I'd imagine Berwick, Scunthorpe and other higher echelon clubs will scoop up the riders that have lost places at those NL teams not running.

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  • Greenlander
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    Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
    Am I reading you right that the National League have invited all clubs in the country to put a team in this season, Greenlander? On an amateur/semi-pro basis, I would presume?

    Sadly, Kent (who have been National League for all their existence but were due to take in the Championship in 2020) have said there will be no racing whatsoever this year so I will be travelling further afield for anything that does come off.
    From our promoter: All clubs from whatever division have been invited to enter a team into the National League this season. (Unfortunately - my wording) they have to be built to the 39-point NL spec.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    That was the European Championships being held in Poland right now. Young Brit Robert Lambert has been doing very well in them.

    What proportion of the race you spend broadsiding depends on the length of the straights. I haven't seen last night's yet but it was in Rybnik which I recall is a shorter track (I've only been there for a gig not a meeting though).

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  • Rogin the Armchair fan
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    There was live speedway on one of the sports channels last night, that I kept hopping through while I was trying to watch about three football matches at once. I'd forgotten how they spend almost the whole race sliding sideways with the front wheel turned to the left. That must knacker the tyres.

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  • HeavyDracula
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    I'll be up for catching some low-level skidding! It's been a stark illustration of where the sport is right now - led by a small number of donkeys, representing the bigger clubs - that there's been no amateur action so far this year. It's a simple sport, just four blokes on motorbikes, and yet they're mostly hiding away until next year.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Am I reading you right that the National League have invited all clubs in the country to put a team in this season, Greenlander? On an amateur/semi-pro basis, I would presume?

    Sadly, Kent (who have been National League for all their existence but were due to race in the Championship in 2020) have said there will be no racing whatsoever this year so I will be travelling further afield for anything that does come off.
    Last edited by Ray de Galles; 23-07-2020, 13:20.

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  • Greenlander
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    I didn't think about popping into the motor sport thread, but the gist of your conversation over there is pretty much what has come from our promotion.

    Contrary to most he's actually really good at passing on information so all the details come straight from him and he is talking about attendance restrictions, increased costs and a subsequent rise in the admission price but he sounds hopeful. Apart from the bar and food areas along with the toilets social distancing should be fairly straightforward to maintain. What the capacity of our stadium is, I have no idea but even with around 1000 it doesn't feel full. Normally we get around half that.

    It would be fantastic if this comes off and maybe the lack of other live sport to attend will be to speedways gain.

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  • Ray de Galles
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    Ah, that's good news. I was pretty sure that some meetings will be able to take place and think the promoters got too focussed on professionalism being the criteria by which sports can take place or not. I put a couple of posts on the motor sport thread as we had no active speedway one.

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