Posts Tagged ‘ Speedway Grand Prix ’

Live broadcast British speedway definitely back on Sky Sports again in 2018?

Sky Sports and BT Sport have finally reached agreement to allow open access to all their satellite channels for all their subscribers. Whatever happens in the negotiations with BT Sport over broadcasting Premiership League racing, this definitely means that British Speedway will be broadcast live on Sky Sports next season….albeit that currently the only confirmed…

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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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Best & worst live British Speedway TV viewing figures by year from 2002 to 2017 (plus average viewing figures)

Best & worst live British Speedway TV viewing figures by year from 2002 to 2017 (plus average viewing figures)

The highest and lowest live British speedway viewing figures for the period 2002 to 2017 are below (extracted from the BARB figures kindly and diligently compiled by Charles McKay). These tables also include the average for the season from all live British speedway meetings for which BARB speedway viewing figures are available. These are the…

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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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Paul ‘Burbo’ Burbidge Speedway Reporting Revolution on Twitter continues, part 4

Drawing upon the full majesty of the 13 years of his ‘independent’ speedway reporting career, Bournemouth University’s finest media graduate  and Britain’s speedway reporter extraordinaire Paul (Burbo) Burbidge’s digital social media profile continues to hollow out and infantalise the news content of the speedway reporting landscape. It is access all areas, “I write news for…

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Monster Energy Speedway World Cup 2016 – horror UK television viewing figures

Monster Energy Speedway World Cup 2016 – horror UK television viewing figures

If judged via the television audience figures for BT Sports Speedway broadcasts in the UK, the Monster Energy sponsorship of the 2016 Speedway World Cup has massively shrunk the popularity and interest amongst British speedway fans. Without BARB information for the EuroSport broadcast years of 2013-2015, it is hard to establish if the unmitigated disaster…

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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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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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Darcy Ward: equals track record in his first ever ride at Glasgow Tigers Speedway (aged 16)

The rider every Glasgow speedway fan wants to see this afternoon is Darcy Ward. The ‘Meet the Visitors’ section of the programme succinctly summarises his potential appeal. “The Premier League newcomer of the year will definitely be Darcy Ward. The 16-year-old from Australia has taken the northern hemisphere speedway world by storm. He’s gone straight…

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Darcy Ward: Conference League Riders’ Championship debut (aged 16)

The meeting starts thrillingly when the 16-year-old Australian with the dashing, film-star first name – Darcy Ward – shows verve and determination when he zooms from the back of the field to the front. Although he rears and nearly falls at the start, over the course of the four laps he thrillingly picks his way…

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Paul Bellamy – the excitement & impact of his years at the helm of the Speedway Grand Prix recalled

Paul Bellamy – the excitement & impact of his years at the helm of the Speedway Grand Prix recalled

Not known for their philanthropy or diffident approach to business, the venture capital owners of global sports, events and talent management company IMG probably remain completely unaware of the Speedway Grand Prix, let alone BSI Speedway managing director Paul Bellamy. That said, a debacle on the scale of the recent Warsaw Speedway Grand Prix –…

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Sky Sports SPEEDWAY viewing figures 2015 (to date)

Sky Sports SPEEDWAY viewing figures 2015 (to date)

Like the speedway equivalent of Frazer from Dad’s Army, last week Philip Rising – Managing Editor of the Speedway Star – once again used an opinion column in the pages of his publication to warn about the “ills” and future of British Speedway in its current form/configuration (with especial emphasis upon the travails of the…

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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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Speedway Reporting Revolution on Twitter continues, part 2

Drawing upon the full majesty of his 11 years speedway reporting Paul (Burbo) Burbidge’s digital social media profile continues to revolutionise our often turgid speedway reporting landscape. Part of a new breed of digitally savvy speedway journalists (“I write news for Speedway GP website and manage speedway gp social media. I’m also Speedway Star’s Chief…

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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 Reporting Revolution on Twitter, part 1

Some romantics still believe the proper function of news journalism and news reporters is to try to speak truth to power. Sadly in the English language speedway media universe – without so much as a blush or backward glance – reporters usually only provide news and opinion suitable to those who pay them or, at…

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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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Selected Speedway Twitter photos 2012

With more speedway riders than ever on Twitter, fans now get to learn much more about their favourite characters and the reality of the lives they lead. Though not everyone has yet joined Twitter, the riders (and others from the speedway world) regularly share their thoughts and opinions. Not all of these comments meet with…

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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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Sky Sports Speedway Elite League Viewing Figures 2011: Down according to insider expert, up on BARB

Sky Sports Speedway Elite League Viewing Figures 2011: Down according to insider expert, up on BARB

After a catastrophic plunge in popularity in 2010, the ‘new look’ Elite League of 2011 – where BARB figures are available – attracted an average Sky Sports Speedway audience of 80,611 viewers (5,870 viewers a week up on previous year).  Hopefully, though it’s on a low previous year base figure, this 7.8% increase represents the…

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Neil Street (1931-2011) RIP

Neil Street (1931-2011) RIP

The charming and modest Neil Street has sadly passed away. Sincere condolences to all his family and friends. Neil inspired and cared for so many speedway riders over the years but, more than that, he made people feel special. Neil also inspired as a man – genuine, compassionate and modestly humble. Most of all, Neil…

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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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Cardiff Speedway Grand Prix Fan Zone – what’s happening in 2011?

Cardiff Speedway Grand Prix Fan Zone – what’s happening in 2011?

In a wide ranging interview to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Cardiff Speedway grand Prix, BSI Managing Director Paul Bellamy spoke enthusiastically about ensuring that the raceday experience of the fans got emulated that of important sports events elsewhere. Rarely prone to understatement, Bellamy lauded the innovation of Fan Zone as giving fans something…

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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 2010 Rider Earnings – Top 39 (US dollars)

Tomasz Gollob $84,800 Jaroslaw  Hampel $67,700 Jason Crump $67,700 Rune Holta $59,500 Kenneth Bjerre $57,200 Chris Harris $57,150 Andreas Jonsson $55,350 Greg Hancock $54,750 Nicki Pedersen $53,300 Chris Holder $52,600 Hans Andersen $48,450 Fredrik Lindgren $48,000 Magnus Zetterstrom $44,500 Tai Woffinden $39,750 Emil Sayfutdinov $18,700 Davey Watt $14,100 Piotr Protasiewicz $10,150 Janusz Kolodzirej $6,900 Nicolai…

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The new Jeremy Clarkson, Moley or British speedway’s voice of the people?

SHALE TREK Review by Paul Burbidge, Speedway Star 20th November 2010 WHEN it comes to writing about the shale sport, Jeff Scott has established himself as speedway’s literary equivalent to Sky Sports camera-come-mascot Moley. He is the man with a different angle on proceedings – an angle or viewpoint which is not always aired by…

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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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Attendance Queries

Attendance figures for the 2008 and 2009 Speedway Grand Prix (SGP) series have finally been released from where they’d been held in a file marked ‘Top Secret’ inside the BSI/IMG bunker located on the outskirts of London. A quick first glance indicates that the SGP World Championship outlook remains cloudy and its popularity with fans…

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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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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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Bellamy, Postlethwaite & Olsen dominate SGP Earnings again in 2008

Once again, the end of the 2008 Speedway Grand Prix sees Paul Bellamy, John Postlethwaite and Ole Olsen comfortably ‘earn’ more money than anyone else with some connection to the series. Remember these are the ‘fat cats’ with the business acumen and marketing genius not to be able to manage anything as simple as a…

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Skezza Speaks

The Daily Mail has wholeheartedly joined the Internet age with various blogs on its website and, quite amazingly, one of these is dedicated to speedway! It’s called Speedway from Skezza with a masthead that features a photograph of a youthful looking member of the newspaper staff. Albeit one with an irksome matey nickname, gel in…

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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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Mouse that roared like a tadpole

Tonight sees the sudden death stage of the Elite League season with the play off semi finals at Lakeside and Poole. Arguably the spectre of elimination makes this the most exciting part of the finale and, you’d have thought, that this would be a public relations gift for both the BSPA and the Sky Sports…

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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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