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THE ANDY WARREN COLUMN: British speedway can be such a drag...
6:00am Monday 16th September 2013 in Sport
IT still baffles me why British speedway persists in letting the season drag on until the middle of October.
The last seven days in the Elite League have been dominated by the weather, starting with the debacle at Poole on Monday and including several rain offs and two abandoned meetings.
But frankly, what more do you expect?
We all know it rains quite a lot in Britain at this time of year, so why give the most important meetings of the year the chance to be ruined by it?
The season started at the end of March and each Elite League club only had 14 home meetings to fit in during the following five months to ensure the regular season was done by the end of August, leaving September for the play-offs to be completed.
I know there is always a week’s break for the World Cup and a few other unavailable dates, but surely that shouldn’t have been too hard to do.
Poland, Denmark and Sweden will be done by the end of September, so why can’t we be?
The second leg of the Elite League final is currently due to be held on October 14, and given Sky seem intent on running these meetings on Mondays does that mean one play-off rain-off will set the whole thing back seven days?
Last year the second leg of the final was held on October 22 following two previous postponements, and while we did eventually get it done in satisfactory conditions the later we go into October the more chance there is of the league title being decided by a swamp racing match similar to that at Kirkmanshulme Lane.
That would be an awful turn of events, but one that has to be avoidable.
Meanwhile, we’ve launched our rider of the year competition today and I really don’t know who it’s going to be.
Peter Kildemand and Nick Morris surely have to stand a good chance but if it was up to me, which it isn’t, I think I would probably give it to Troy Batchelor.
He’s been very reliable on the track and has scored well in almost every meeting, but from what I’ve seen off it he stands head and shoulders above the rest.
The Aussie is as focussed and driven as he has ever been and has a real desire to make the best of himself, but also has plenty of time to help his teammates when they need it.
Having spent more time hanging around in the pits at the end of every meeting than I care to remember he always seems the last to go and get changed because he’s busy working on set-ups with his less experienced teammates, and although he’s only 25 himself he is great with the younger riders.
That’s been shown by his recent work with Ashley Birks, lending him and engine as the reserve bids to get used to Blunsdon, and he’s even been out on other riders’ bikes at the end of meetings as he tries to help his teammates get the most out of their bikes.
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