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Top 40 Speedway Grand Prix riders: total prize earnings ($) 2005-2017

Top 40 Speedway Grand Prix riders: total prize earnings ($) 2005-2017

The top 40 Speedway Grand Prix rider  prize money earnings ($) 2005 to 2017 with average per SGP and per SGP series too… with thanks to Mr. S. Bear of Windhill Manor, Shipley for these earnings figures

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Speedway Grand Prix 2017 Rider Earnings Totals ($)

Speedway Grand Prix 2017 Rider Earnings Totals ($)

Speedway Grand Prix dollar prize earnings for the 2017 series again show most riders earning less than the Help – whether it is BSI’s Torben Olsen or headline sponsor Monster Joe Parsons. Surely this still isn’t right?   Once again, thanks to Mr. S. Bear of Windhill Manor, Shipley for compiling these SGP $ earnings…

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Speedway Grand Prix live tv viewing figures decline continues in 2017 (& is now lower than British Speedway live audience)

Speedway Grand Prix live tv viewing figures decline continues in 2017 (& is now lower than British Speedway live audience)

The ongoing decline in the popularity of the Speedway Grand Prix series for UK television viewers (the main way the British speedway fan experiences the SGP) has continued in the second year of the BT Sports coverage. After the massive fall in British TV viewers using BT Sports to watch the SGP series live in…

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Speedway Grand Prix 2016 Total Rider Earnings ($)

Speedway Grand Prix 2016 Total Rider Earnings ($)

Speedway Grand Prix earnings for the 2016 series again show most riders earning less than the Help – whether it is BSI’s Torben Olsen or headline sponsor Monster Joe Parsons. Surely this can’t be right? with thanks, as usual, to Charles McKay for compiling these figures. SGP rider earning for 2017 are here

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Stunning 2/3rds (ongoing) collapse in Speedway Grand prix UK television viewing figures

Stunning 2/3rds (ongoing) collapse in Speedway Grand prix UK television viewing figures

After the Speedway Grand Prix UK television viewing figures black hole of three years of Eurosports speedway grand prix broadcasts, for the first time since 2012 we have verified audience figures. Despite widespread acclaim for the knowledgeable and authoritative BT Sports Speedway studio team of Natalie Quirk and Scott Nicholls in combination with the established/experienced…

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Waiting for Burbo: the mysterious case of SPoY, Speedway Grand Prix sponsor Monster Energy & Monster Joe Parsons

Waiting for Burbo: the mysterious case of SPoY, Speedway Grand Prix sponsor Monster Energy & Monster Joe Parsons

In a trademark opinion piece penned for the Point of View column of the Speedway Star (12.12.15), their “Chief News Writer” Paul ‘Burbo’ Burbidge questioned the inclusion of Tyson Fury on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPoY) 2015 shortlist. Known for a grasp of culture and politics that makes free commuter papers read…

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Speedway Grand Prix strategy questioned by Monster Energy ahead of sponsorship negotiations

Ahead of the likely renewal (on very favourable terms they completely dictate) of their headline sponsorship of the Speedway World Championship, Monster Energy’s Joe Parsons opened his contract renewal negotiations over the contract that expires during 2016 with pointed criticism of rights holder BSI/IMG’s  SGP stadium venue strategy. With only compromised or embedded media outlets…

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Tatum & Pearson live 2016 Tour – Poole event

The Kelvin Tatum & Nigel Pearson 2016 road show sees the renowned television speedway commentary duo return to Wimborne Road – the home of Poole Pirates Speedway and location of their inaugural speaking event – for the fourth of their six date Sports Talk Events Tour. With doors open at 7pm, thirty minutes before metaphorical…

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Top 40 Total Speedway Grand Prix rider earnings 2005-2015

Top 40 Total Speedway Grand Prix rider earnings 2005-2015

Top 40 Speedway Grand Prix riders from 2005 to 2015, judged by $ prize money earnings   (with thanks to Charles McKay)

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Speedway Grand Prix series 2015 – final Rider $ earnings

Speedway Grand Prix series 2015 – final Rider $ earnings

The final rider prize money/earnings table for the Speedway Grand Prix again sees the talent (the riders) earning less money than the suits (aka the ‘senior executives’) at the rights holders cum (dis) organisers BSI/IMG (despite the Warsaw Grand Prix fiasco) All figures US Dollars (with thanks to Charles McKay)

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Burbo Speedway Reporting Revolution on Twitter continues, part 3

Drawing upon the further majesty of the 12 years of his speedway reporting career, Paul (Burbo) Burbidge’s digital social media profile continues to hollow out and/or infantalise the news content of the speedway reporting landscape. Ostensibly part of a ‘new’ breed of digitally savvy speedway journalists (“I write news for Speedway GP website and manage…

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Speedway Grand Prix 2015 Total Rider Earnings (so far)

Speedway Grand Prix 2015 Total Rider Earnings (so far)

Riders must race in the Speedway Grand Prix series for the glory rather than the money if judged by their total earnings so far in 2015! Alternatively, it may be for the sponsorship opportunities competing provides?     (with thanks to Charles McKay)

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Speedway Grand Prix Attendances 2014

Speedway Grand Prix Attendances 2014

Fans who wish to savour the statistics of the Speedway World Championship continue to be very badly served by both the F.I.M and the Speedway Grand Prix series current commercial rights holders and organisers BSI Speedway (an IMG company). Both continue to choose not to publish official attendance figures for SGP series events. The F.I.M.…

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Elite League Sky Sports SPEEDWAY viewing figures up 22.4% in 2014 (but still second worst ever)

Elite League Sky Sports SPEEDWAY viewing figures up 22.4% in 2014 (but still second worst ever)

Judged by the industry standard of the minute-by-minute statistical sampling method employed by Broadcasters Audience Research Board, Elite League speedway shown on Sky Sports Speedway satellite television during 2014 improved in its popularity by 22.4% (up 12,563 viewers on average per meeting) to 68,563. There are quite a few possible factors behind this uplift: perhaps…

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Top 50 Speedway Grand Prix rider earnings 2005-2014

Top 50 Speedway Grand Prix rider earnings 2005-2014

The Top 50 Speedway Grand Prix Riders judged by their earnings from 2005 to 2014 are as follows:   Thanks to Charles McKay for help with these statistics

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Speedway Grand Prix rider earnings 2014 (& Top 10 SGP earners 2005-2014)

Speedway Grand Prix rider earnings 2014 (& Top 10 SGP earners 2005-2014)

The Speedway Grand Prix rider earnings table for 2014 makes interesting reading as Greg Hancock sneaks ahead of Nicki Pedersen in the overall 2005-2014 total earnings table by just $4,350.   The Top 10 Speedway Grand Prix Riders judged by their earnings from 2005 to 2014 are as follows: Greg Hancock             $657,150 Nicki Pedersen          $652,800…

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Speedway Grand Prix series average attendances: fall continues in 2012 & 2013

Speedway Grand Prix series average attendances: fall continues in 2012 & 2013

Latest figures reveal that the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series average attendances continued to fall in 2012 and 2013, despite the ‘blip’ poor results of 2011. Worse still, SGP series continues to decline in popularity at most series event venues and overall. This isn’t really a great surprise – since 2002 the trend remains one…

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The strange case of Speedway Grand Prix programme shrinkage

  It’s a really tough job to learn anything of value or gain insights from Speedway Grand Prix reports on its website or in trade press reports, let alone any SGP programme. That said, though not an exact science, the ongoing declining popularity of the Speedway Grand Prix is, perhaps, further laid bare by recent…

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Cardiff Speedway Grand Prix 2013 track problems with added damp shale communication masterclass

Inside the Cardiff Speedway Fayre, it’s déjà vu all over again prior to the 2013 Cardiff Speedway Grand Prix that, nowadays, we’re instructed to by the organisers to call #BritishSGP on twitter. My rhetorical question to Johnny Barber (“are you looking forward to the meeting?”) – since I suspect he’s not going – elicits some…

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Speedway World Cup Viewing Figures 2012: slightly up but still second worst yet

Speedway World Cup Viewing Figures 2012: slightly up but still second worst yet

The good news is that the 2012 FIM Monster Energy Speedway World Cup finally halted the ongoing precipitous decline of the Speedway World Cup television audience on Sky Sports. The international big name sponsorship of Monster Energy was extensively trailed and hailed as the dynamic future by themselves, the speedway trade press and rights holders…

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Sky Sports Speedway Grand Prix Viewing Figures: 2012 Worst Year Since Records Began

Sky Sports Speedway Grand Prix Viewing Figures: 2012 Worst Year Since Records Began

Despite the extremely rare notional ‘drama’ of a Speedway Grand Prix series actually remaining undecided until almost the last race of the season, the “most exciting ever” 2012 series saw average UK viewer numbers reach an all time low of 67,454. Worse still, these awful figures exclude the likely deleterious impact of the inaugural New…

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Speedway World Cup viewing figures: ongoing decline of television audience on Sky Sports

Speedway World Cup viewing figures: ongoing decline of television audience on Sky Sports

The reverse Midas touch BSI repeatedly show via the ongoing decline of their Speedway Grand Prix television audience on Sky Sports looks like an outlandish success story in contrast to the rapid collapse of viewer interest in the Speedway World Cup. Looking at the publicly available figures for 2006-2011, popularity has gone from robust to…

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Forgetful Paul Bellamy hails latest Speedway Grand Prix stadium with a roof

This week BSI managing director Paul Bellamy announced ‘news’ that 2013 will see Speedway Grand Prix staged in yet another stadium that they’ll fail to fill anywhere near capacity (in this instance the brand new 50,000 seater Friends Arena in Stockholm). In trademark his usual breathless specious fashion, Mr Bellamy claimed “Speedway fans should be…

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Sky Sports Speedway Grand Prix 2011 viewing figures: up but second worst yet

Sky Sports Speedway Grand Prix 2011 viewing figures: up but second worst yet

Apparently the inaugural (will it be the only ever?) Speedway Grand Prix from Auckland New Zealand will be shown from 04.00 this morning on satellite television channel Sky Sports. Raced on a specially prepared (slick) track at Western Springs Stadium, the event will be shown in “High Definition” and, for once, – possibly because there’s…

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Speedway Grand Prix – worst attendances in a decade mars 2011 series

Speedway Grand Prix – worst attendances in a decade mars 2011 series

After all the hype and what feels like the relentless season long cheerleading opinion from the notionally ‘independent’ in the media, the 2011 Speedway Grand Prix series attendance figures throw into yet sharper relief the ongoing credibility crisis with paying customers that organisers BSI/IMG continue to fail to acknowledge, resolve or address. Instead they prefer…

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Speedway Grand Prix series Wild card – refusal on financial grounds becomes a real option for Darcy Ward in 2012

The Polish Ekstraliga in 2012 will operate a rule to limit each team to only one Speedway Grand Prix rider per team. Therefore, any rider offered a wild card for the 2012 Speedway Grand Prix should – for financial reasons – turn down the opportunity to ride in the SGP series. If, indeed, career earnings…

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The strange case of the new ‘new’ start time for Cardiff 2012 Speedway Grand Prix

BSI just announced a change to the start time of the 2012 FIM British Speedway Grand Prix at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on August 25th 2012 from 5pm to 6pm apparently completely forgetting that Paul Bellamy hailed their decision to adopt an earlier (5pm) start time as a sign of how fan friendly BSI are nowadays.…

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Speedway finally makes the lead letter in Dear Deidre

We’ve waited many years for the Sky Sports Speedway publicity department to stir themselves enough to explore synergies with other Rupert Murdoch owned News International sister companies and persuade them to properly cover speedway. It would also be lovely to find decent column inches on British speedway in the sports pages of the News of…

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“Better experience” Speedway Grand Prix website launches

“Better experience” Speedway Grand Prix website launches

With the 2011 Speedway Grand Prix series about to flare back into life this weekend in Leszno, BSI ramped up the excitement still further with a series of thrilling announcements. Hot on the heels of an email that contained such awesomely important SGP & SWC news that its subject header had to be typed out…

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Total Speedway Grand Prix rider earnings 2005-2010 (excluding reserve appearances)

Rider 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Total Jason Crump $64,750 $81,400 $60,850 $73,400 $101,600 $67,700 $449,700 Andreas Jonsson $43,650 $55,000 $143,350 $51,960 $58,550 $55,350 $407,860 Nicki Pedersen $51,900 $59,950 $88,150 $83,100 $54,650 $53,300 $391,050 Tomasz Gollob $44,550 $48,900 $61,050 $75,000 $72,650 $84,800 $386,950 Greg Hancock $45,650 $61,750 $59,750 $69,400 $60,200 $54,750 $351,500 Hans Andersen…

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Speedway Grand Prix 2010 attendance figures: “could be better” according to Vice President of FIM

After (allegedly) the most exciting Speedway Grand Prix series since the dawn of time, the ‘high’ quality of the racing product appears to have little impact at the turnstiles. A quick glance at the official F.I.M. figures for each venue recently published in Polish magazine Tygodnik Zuzlowy reveals that overall attendances remain more or less…

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Speedway Grand Prix Wildcards: Qualification versus Selection debate

Unusually, the permanent wildcards selected for the 2011 Speedway Grand Prix actually look surprisingly sensible choices. This hasn’t always been the case and the performance record of those permanent wildcards selected by the powers that be has often been spotty. Much more significantly, their performances have been historically worse than those riders who qualified for…

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Speedway Grand Prix Series 2010 ends in anti-climax at Bydgoszcz (on Sky Sports)

The last Speedway Grand Prix of the 2010 season finds Nigel and Kelvin trackside for Sky Sports at Bydgoszcz. As usual the excessive number of rounds of the SGP format ensures – like so many years previously – that there is absolutely no mystery about who will be world champion well before the so-called climax…

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Catastrophic further collapse in Cardiff Speedway Grand Prix viewing figures contributes to dramatic further decline in overall British SGP audience

The catastrophic 2009 loss of 104,000 Sky Sports Cardiff Speedway Grand Prix speedway viewers – or a reduction in the British television audience of 39% – should, surely, give even the most complacent ‘businessman’ pause for thought about the format and ongoing appeal of this event? Luckily, the Managing Director of BSI/IMG speedway franchise, Paul…

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HD adds lustre to seating, team suits and Sky revenues

People say that the sports programming shown exclusively on Sky Sports has historically been the real engine of subscriber and revenue growth for the Rupert Murdoch owned Sky satellite channel. Premiership football has definitely driven many people to sign up with Sky Sports who otherwise wouldn’t have done so and, if its boosters and/or press…

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More Kleenex Venues Rumoured

After the borefest of the Latvian GP, it’s hard to get excited about tittletattle in the Star claimed to be “whispers from the corridors of power” that trails notionally ‘exciting’ news that the SGP might expand into Russia in 2010 and, in as yet unspecified years ahead, to “India, Asia & Australasia”. All these countries…

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“We are all entitled to an opinion though, in some cases, it is better to defer to those who know best…the riders”

For those of us outside the charmed circle of speedway bigwigs and journalists who receive press releases from the BSI Press Office, we have to suffice with the thin informational pickings provided by the cleans whiter than white SGP website. Occasionally the SGP Press Officer, Philip Rising, selectively responds to real or imagined comments about…

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Sometimes I watch the Speedway Grand Prix whether I want to fall asleep or not

Riders and some pundits have rightly complained that the Speedway Grand Prix series organisers (“BSI – an IMG Company”) wish to stage the various meetings on sub standard tracks that sometimes verge on the dangerous. There have been some real shockers, so thank goodness last night that round four of the Speedway Grand Prix was…

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Even Cheesy Costs Too Much in 2009 for BSI Speedway’s Showpiece Event in Cardiff

A snippet about entertainment at Cardiff that appeared in the lengthy coverage of the Prague Grand Prix (the first of the 2009 series) in this week’s Speedway Star inadvertently yet again reveals the desperation of the cost-cutting measures that BSI Speedway appear keen to undertake. Arguably, it also signals they have already planned for 2009…

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Unanswered questions & secrecy mar launch of 2009 Speedway Grand Prix series

The new series of the Speedway Grand Prix is about to get underway but, arguably, finds the glamour of its start marred by cost-cutting, secrecy and prevarication. Sadly, the fanfare over the arrival of a new website for the Speedway Grand Prix fails to paper over the vexatious issues and unanswered questions that still beset…

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No Room at the trough – SGP Rider Pay Rates frozen in 2009 (at 2005 levels) again

The recently published FIM Speedway World Championship Grand Prix Regulations 2009 make interesting reading (listed as regulation 077). Unluckily for the riders, their pay rates remain frozen for 2009 (just like they did in 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005). The FIM have again produced an extremely comprehensive 39-page document that covers everything from the specifics…

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An apology: Steve Skerry (aka Skezza)

In a recent post, I may have given the impression that Steve Skerry saw his Speedway from Skezza blog as an online opportunity to blow smoke up the collective bottoms of the BSPA and BSI/IMG (whatever they’re called this week). While his research still remains heavily influenced by and/or dependent upon the Speedway Star, he’s…

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Monty Python redux

Taken from Holsted Speedway newspage: The charge by the calling off from VM to speedway racing can be risk that run into a tocifret millionbeløb. Gelsenkirchen Earth risk to be vådt , catching decent locates that out to Guds available nature. Wet earth is difficult that do dry , catching decent to cold oktobervejr throw…

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Qualification conundrum

Given that the Speedway Star and the Speedway Grand Prix appear wedded at the hip, it’s astonishing to read some reasonably strong criticism of this event within its pages (both on September 13th as well as the subsequent meeting report on September 20th). Let alone to find that the chief critic is Philip Rising! Beyond…

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Is the recent Cardiff GP 2009 Advert Misleading?

An incredible four days after the 2008 Cardiff GP ended, the organisers are so desperate to further swell their coffers that they’re already trying to put their grasping hands inside the British speedway fans less than bulging pockets with a so called ‘special offer’ for next years event! Not yet migrated to the seemingly endless…

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Talking Points Galore

2nd June The lure of another visit to Monmore Green Stadium proves irresistible for the Sky Sports cameras, which tonight sees the visit of Swindon. Though, we’re often rightly told that British speedway would be comprehensively up the Swanee River without the oxygen of publicity provided by the glare of the cameras, the Sky speedway…

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‘Wahoo…LOOK NO BRAKES’ article riddled with inaccuracies

An almost immutable law of the Rupert Murdoch Empire is that one part of his media kingdom will invariably but spontaneously chose to promote the products of another, particularly if they hold exclusive rights. For example, it’s not unusual to find The Times, The Sun or the Sunday Times using the Sky Sports invented catchphrase…

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