FIRST ROUND 2015 SGP
SGP NEWS - 24 October, 2014
Story by Roman Chyla

The inaugural round of the Grand Prix 2015 will be held in April at the National Stadium in Warsaw. Information on the organisation of the competition has been revealed in an interview with "Tygodnik Zuzlowy” (Speedway Weekly) by the president of the Polish Automobile Association (PZMot) Mr. Andrzej Witkowski.

The first round of the 2015 cycle is to be held on April 25th. The organiser of the competition for Individual Speedway World Championship at Poland's National Stadium in Warsaw will be the PZMot, and the agreement with the BSI, promoters of the cycle, will apply for the next three years. The Warsaw round of the Grand Prix wild card will go to Tomasz Gollob. 

The press conference, which will  present all the details of the planned event, is to be held on November 13th at the National Stadium and  will be attended, among others, by Tomasz Gollob.

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TROY TARGETS TOP FIVE
SGP NEWS - 24 October, 2014
Story by SGP Media













“But what do you want to be? Do you want to just be a top-eight rider? I can’t see myself being in the GP for 20 years like Greg (Hancock) has been. But you don’t need to be there for a long time to do a good job.

“You’ve got to have ambition and you’ve got to have goals to work up to. I always set the bar pretty high. We’ll see how it goes.”

Despite his efforts, Copenhagen runner-up Batchelor admits he was surprised when the SGP Commission handed him a permanent wild card for 2015.

He said: “I have to say getting a wild card was probably a little bit unexpected. It was awesome when I got the call. I didn’t know what to say. My heart was beating flat-out and I was in shock really.

“Finishing ninth was pretty awesome, but I always looked back on the season and wish I had done a few things to get in that top eight and qualify on my own merit.

“They called me up and said ‘we want to give you the wild card for next year.’ I said ‘are you serious?! Is that 100 percent? You’re not just thinking about it?’ But they said it was 100 percent, so that was sweet.

“They saw that I came in late and showed potential. They felt I’d done a good job and deserved another chance. I’m definitely going to make the most of it and show them they done right in giving me the opportunity.

“The first half of the year was pretty tough in the GP. The second half of the year I put what I learnt into practice and, overall, things were a lot better. I had a podium and a final. But I’ve still got more to give. I’m definitely going to work hard in the winter.

“I’ll be pushing hard for extra sponsorship. I’m going to have some meetings with some guys soon. I’ve already spoken to people and hopefully we can line something up.

“Having access to more money gives you access to more things in regards to equipment. It gives you more options. I’m looking for something to give me an edge and get the bikes working as best I can.”

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PINJAR PARK LATEST
GENERAL NEWS - 24 October, 2014
Story by Brad Muller

Saturday night Oct 25th Pinjar Park Speedway's 9th season roars into life with the long awaited 2014/15 Chum Taylor & Dennis Nash Foundation Cup event. An exciting pre & main race program that will feature the mighty Pee Wee's, Junior solo's & sidecars, the entertaining u16 250's plus the premier divisions of senior Solos & Sidecars.

Interstate solo stars Rob Branford (SA) & Brodie Waters (Vic) have made the trip West for the prestigious Chum Taylor Cup as WA Champions Dan Winchester & Blake Russell spearhead the local challenge. The all action sidecars feature a good line-up of Lowe, Briotti, Old, Thomson & Giancelli as they battle it out for the Dennis Nash Cup in what promises to be a fantastic nights racing.

Canteen & Bar facilities, Disable friendly, Ample parking, Venue security & Clean toilets. Please remember Pinjar Park is a Smoke Free zone.

Catch all the action with the Pre program from 5pm & Main program from 7pm

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BRITISH BRIEFS
UK NEWS - 24 October, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

CRADLEY lead the National League Knockout Cup Final by four points after a thrilling clash with King’s Lynn at the Norfolk Arena on Wednesday.
The Young Stars held the advantage throughout the majority of the meeting but the Heathens turned the first-leg tie around with 5-1s in the last two races for a 47-43 outcome.
Max Clegg scored a paid maximum from five rides, whilst James Cockle led the way for the hosts on 14, and the Final will be resolved at Monmore Green next Tuesday.
Cradley boss Will Pottinger said: “It was quite remarkable because we were never ahead until after the final race, which I suppose is the best way to do it.
“It was a really good effort. A few of the lads had tough nights but Max was absolutely superb and Nathan Greaves really came to the party after a last place in his first ride.”

IPSWICH wrap up the Foxhall season on Thursday with the traditional 16-Lap Classic – an event which has been running since 1979.
The Witches regulars are joined by Danny King, Ricky Wells, Jason Garrity, Richard Lawson and Rory Schlein, and the top eight riders on the night compete in the marathon final race.
Ipswich co-promoter Chris Louis said: “I know from my own experiences that I faced the 16-lap final with dread and excitement in equal measure - a real mental and physical battle that can really only be attacked with one tactic. Qualify well, race from the back grid and attack from the off!
“Speedway is raced over four laps and that’s how you get conditioned, it’s really quite amazing how tough it becomes when you change that and each rider taking part on Thursday will be feeling the effects after just 6 – 8 laps, it becomes a mental battle and mind over matter from that point on.
“The event has a reputation for being hard on the machines although it’s normally just a fuel issue with the extra fuel system not operating properly, leaking out or of course just not carrying enough. This year after much persuasion I have made enough large tanks for everyone so fingers crossed that they all hold enough!”
Meanwhile Swindon stage the Bob Kilby Memorial at Blunsdon with a team event followed by an individual second-half in memory of two more Robins favourites, Malcolm Holloway and Lee Richardson.
Promoter Alun Rossiter said: “This will be a great night and a lovely way to remember Bob, who was hero of mine in my younger days.
“We’re also pleased to remember Malc and Lee with the rider of the night action after the team event and I hope we see a big crowd to bring the curtain down on the season.”

PREMIER League Grand Finalists Somerset and Edinburgh have both been hit by an injury blow ahead of this weekend’s title-deciding fixtures.
The Rebels will be without captain Olly Allen for both matches after he suffered a shoulder injury whilst riding in Poland last week, whilst Steve Worrall is ruled out for the Monarchs with a broken wrist after a crash at Monmore Green on Tuesday.
Somerset have booked Edward Kennett to guest for Allen in the home leg of the Final on Friday, and will bring in Aaron Summers at Armadale 24 hours later, whilst Edinburgh will operate the rider-replacement facility for Worrall.
Rebels boss Garry May said: “This is an obvious blow. Olly was desperate to ride but once he knew that he would not be 100% for these matches, he had no option but to withdraw from the team.”

CRADLEY’S future is in doubt as they will be unable to continue their track-sharing agreement with Wolverhampton at Monmore Green.
The Heathens have been advised that the venue will only be available for one night of weekly racing next year, which will be for Wolves who will continue on Mondays in the top-flight of British Speedway.
A club statement said: “Cradley Heath Speedway acknowledge this is a worrying time for supporters and riders alike and the management will make every effort to make alternative plans for the Heathens to be able to continue racing in 2015.
“We would like to assure loyal supporters that this will in no way distract the club from our ongoing work in establishing a permanent home for the club.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Ladbrokes for hosting the Heathens on a year-to-year basis for the last five seasons along with the Wolverhampton track staff.”

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SIDEWINDERS
JUNIOR NEWS - 23 October, 2014
Story by Judy MacKay














during this season.  One of these riders who couldn't be at the official practice but will undoubtably be the next rider to graduate is Jack Sadler, son of International Solo rider Nigel Sadler.

With a new race committee for season 2014/15, handicaps and one lap dashes have again become part of the program and proving to be very popular with both riders and spectators.  The handicap races are for the 'Silver Helmet' and the final for this opening meeting had everyone up on our feet. Nicholas Possingham was the victor, Layne Riordan (Mildura) 2nd, Mitchell Grech 3rd and  Jack Norman 4th.

The 2014/15 season is shaping up to be a fantastic season of racing at Sidewinders.

Also in the pits and on the track, along with other children of past riders, we also have grand children.  One family of note is the Bowes family.  Former great sidecar rider, grandad Lennie is always with his grand children Fraser (solo rider) and Rosie (mini bike and sidecar passenger) and looks ever the proud grandparent as the children compete and his son, former International Solo rider, Shane, spanners for his children.  A third Bowes couldn't make it on Saturday night however Patrick Bowes showed his prowess as a sidecar rider at the official practice with sister Rosie as passenger.

Heats point scores as follows -
Maxwell Liebeknecht      5  (1,1,2,1)
Nicholas Possingham      3  (dnf,0,2,1)
William Coombes            6  (2,1,2,1)
Liam May                     8  (2,3,2,1)
Layne Riordan               6  (2,1,1,2)    Mildura
Brayden McGuinness      12  (3,3,3,3)
Patrick Hamilton            5  (1,0,1,3)    Mildura
Oliver Hamilton              7  (3,2,2,0)    Mildura
Mitchell Grech              11  (2,3,3,3)
Hugh Evans                  3  (1,2,0,dnf)
Jack Norman                 9  (dnf,3,3,3)
Seth Pascoe                 3  (1,0,1,1)
Fraser Bowes                7  (3,2,0,2)
Troy Kutcher                10  (3,2,3,2)

After some hard work and excellent paperwork by Helen McGuinness, Sidewinders secured a government grant to upgrade their facilities and we now have pit bays compete with lighting. This will be a great boost for both summer and winter meetings

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GRIN: NO.45 IS THE NEW NO.1
SGP NEWS - 23 October, 2014
Story by SGP Media

Triple world champion Greg Hancock says he had no intention of giving up his “identity” after declining the chance to ride as No.1 in 2015 in favour of keeping his iconic No.45.

Personalised riding numbers were introduced for this year’s SGP series and many of the sport’s top names took the chance to brand themselves with a lucky number or some digits significant to them.

Hancock was a strong advocator of the change, after featuring the No.45 he inherited from boyhood hero, two-time world champion Bruce Penhall, on his merchandise for many years.

But riders can also opt to use their SGP ranking as their riding number, meaning the world champion can ride as No.1, as Britain's Tai Woffinden did this year.

Hancock’s decision to stick with his own number means he is the first SGP world champion not to ride as No.1. But it is a tradition he had no qualms about breaking as he continues to give No.45 legendary status in the speedway world.

He said: “I have no more specific reason for using the No.45 than to say that this is my identity. And it’s the main reason why I always wanted to see riders have their own numbers.

“It’s nothing new to the world of motorsport, so I’m not trying to be different. I just think it’s about time speedway has a more consistent and clear way to identify the riders year after year. Sorry to break the tradition but I think it’s an awesome idea!”

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BRITISH BRIEFS
UK NEWS - 23 October, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

CRADLEY battled to a 52-42 win over Coventry on a dramatic night in their National League Grand Final first leg at Monmore Green.
The two top sides in the third tier provided a blockbuster night of action before the Heathens eventually left with a ten point advantage to take to Brandon for the decisive second leg.
But the victory came at a cost to the home side, who are waiting on news of Steve Worrall (wrist) and Nathan Greaves (ankle) after both were forced to withdraw during the meeting.
Paul Starke scored 13 for the Heathens with Max Clegg adding 11+1, whilst captain James Sarjeant led the way for the Storm on 14 as they kept in touch ahead of next Wednesday’s second leg.
Cradley boss Will Pottinger said: “We are fairly happy with that in the end. We probably would have liked more but considering we were missing two riders by the end we have to be satisfied with a ten point lead.
“We’ll be able to use tactical rides if we need them and we did well at Coventry a few weeks ago, so we’ve just got to give it our best and we are confident we can get over the line.”
Sarjeant said: “I think we did a good job to keep them within ten to be honest. I know we lost, but they are really strong at home so that was probably a good result in the scheme of things.
“It gives us a good chance going into the second leg, and I think we can go back to Coventry and get the job done. It’s going to be tough but I definitely think we can do it, so we are all looking forward it.”

KING’S Lynn Young Stars boss Dale Allitt is keen to see his side establish a first-leg lead over Cradley in the first leg of the National League KO Cup Final.
The sides meet at the Norfolk Arena with club asset Simon Lambert standing in at No.1 for the home team, whilst Cradley are forced into changes after their home match with Coventry last night.
Steve Worrall and Nathan Greaves are both ruled out and will be covered by Dan Halsey and the rider-replacement facility.
Allitt said: “Cradley have a strong team, they have shown that this season. But they can be beaten and we need to believe that going into the first leg.
“The boys are confident at the Norfolk Arena, and a fast start would give us momentum that we can use.”
Cradley chairman Nigel Pearson said: “Our thanks to Dan for agreeing to step in at short notice and to Mildenhall for their co-operation in this matter.
“We are still hoping it's nothing serious with Steve and Nathan but they won't be available for Wednesday.”

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BRITISH BRIEFS
UK NEWS - 22 October, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

POOLE have retained the Elite League title with a 53-37 win over Coventry at Wimborne Road for a 19-point aggregate success.
Skipper Maciej Janowski led the way superbly for the Pirates with a paid-maximum from five rides, picking himself up from a heavy crash in Heat 11 when he tangled with team-mate Przemyslaw Pawlicki.
The Bees remained in touch for much of the second leg, helped by three race wins from the impressive Kyle Howarth, but Janowski sealed the Pirates’ success with a memorable ride in Heat 13 to get the better of Chris Harris and Hans Andersen.
Poole promoter Matt Ford said: “I am so proud of these guys. It’s been a really tough year but the lads have done what has become expected of them when they pull on a Poole race jacket. They have ridden their hearts out and to win back-to-back titles again is a great feeling.
“I was beginning to think we were jinxed in even number years having missed out in 2012 and 2010 but the lads did an professional job and I can't praise them highly enough. Adding this league title to the world speedway league runners-up has made the last few days something of a dream.”
Coventry manager Gary Havelock said: “It’s very disappointing, we still had hope coming down here but in hindsight we probably lost it in the first leg at home. We needed to have a lead to come down here with really, and we didn’t manage to do that.
“But I can’t knock any of my boys, they’ve been fantastic this season and it’s been a pleasure working with each and every one of them. Over the two legs you have to hand it to Poole – they were the better side, it’s as simple as that, and we just didn’t quite make it.”

CRADLEY launch their bid for a League, Cup and Fours treble over the closing days of October when they stage the first leg of the National League Grand Final on Tuesday.
Heathens boss Will Pottinger is warning his side to expect a tough test from Coventry Storm, who are the only side to beat them so far this season.
Cradley expect to be at full strength for the tie, whilst Coventry bring in Simon Lambert to guest for the injured Ollie Greenwood, and have Stefan Nielsen back from a fractured arm.
Pottinger said: “Cutting out errors and limiting the amount of last places is crucial, as we look to hit the ground running from Heat 1.
“But Coventry have some key riders in their side, Simon Lambert is in good form and with Stefan Nielsen available again after injury we will need to be on form.”
Coventry manager Laurence Rogers said: “We’re going there looking to spring the big surprise. We know how strong they’ve been there, but it’s a huge boost to have Stef back.
“He scored 15 there last time, and he had four wins and a fall on his comeback and even the fall was a psychological boost because his arm was okay afterwards!”

LINE-UPS have been declared for the Buildbase National League Fours at Coventry on Sunday (2.30pm).
The meeting brings together eight of the nine NL clubs, who will race in two groups of four over eight races apiece, with the top two teams in each group qualifying for the eight-race Final.
GROUP A:
BUXTON: Tony Atkin, Tom Woolley, Adam Extance, Ryan Blacklock.
CRADLEY: Max Clegg, Steve Worrall, Tom Perry, Paul Starke.
COVENTRY: Luke Priest, James Sarjeant, Stefan Nielsen, Dan Greenwood.
KENT: Ben Morley, Aaron Baseby, Danny Ayres, Simon Lambert.
GROUP B:
MILDENHALL: Dan Halsey, Jack Kingston, Brendan Johnson, Joe Jacobs.
DEVON: James Shanes, Richard Andrews, Luke Chessell, Tyler Govier.
KING’S LYNN: James Cockle, Tom Stokes, Marc Owen, Scott Campos.
STOKE: Jon Armstrong, Ben Hopwood, Chris Widman, Rob Shuttleworth.

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BRITISH SPEEDWAY WEEKLY BULLETIN
UK NEWS - 22 October, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

ELITE LEAGUE LATEST…
BELLE VUE are revving up for a new chapter in their history with site setup work now taking place at the site of the National Speedway Stadium, with the project set for completion in spring 2016.
Aces CEO David Gordon said: “After years of hard work and patience, we are absolutely delighted to see the builders moving equipment onto the site.
“Because of the scale of the development the overall setup will take approximately 4-6 weeks. But that’s something all large projects have to adhere to, and this has been factored into the overall timescale of the build.”

COVENTRY manager Gary Havelock accepted the damage had been done in the first leg of the Elite League Grand Final as the Bees had to settle for the runners-up position at Poole on Monday.
Havelock said: “It’s very disappointing, we still had hope coming down here but in hindsight we probably lost it in the first leg at home.
“We needed to have a lead to come down here with really, and we didn’t manage to do that. But I can’t knock any of my boys, they’ve been fantastic this season and it’s been a pleasure working with each and every one of them.”

LEICESTER promoter David Hemsley has stressed his commitment to building a strong team for the Lions’ second season as an Elite League club in 2015, and held talks with a mystery rider during the recent Grand Prix at Torun.
Hemsley said: “We acknowledge that we can only go so far with team building plans because until the points limit has been decided at next month’s Annual General Meeting we are unsure of what numbers we have to play with in terms of riders’ averages.
“What is for certain is that we are committed to building a team that has the potential to play a part in the chase for honours next season.”

POOLE finished second in the inaugural World Speedway League event in Poland on Saturday and then capped off a memorable end to the season by retaining the Elite League title against Coventry on Monday – their third such crown in four years.
Promoter Matt Ford said: “I am so proud of these guys. It’s been a really tough year but the lads have done what has become expected of them when they pull on a Poole race jacket.
“They have ridden their hearts out and to win back-to-back titles again is a great feeling. I was beginning to think we were jinxed in even number years having missed out in 2012 and 2010 but the lads did an professional job and I can't praise them highly enough. Adding this league title to the world speedway league runners-up has made the last few days something of a dream.”

SWINDON will complete their 2014 season with the Bob Kilby Memorial at Blunsdon on Thursday.
The event will be run on the old-style 13-heat formula with an individual second half, and former Robins Mads Korneliussen and Charlie Gjedde are included along with American showman Shawn McConnell and GB star Chris Harris.

WOLVERHAMPTON’S Swedish youngster Jacob Thorssell received double recognition for a fine season with the Rider of the Year and Sam Ermolenko Team Man of the Year awards at the club’s end of season awards night.
Thorssell said: “It's just great to win two awards. It's been an unbelievable season for me and I'm really happy to win two trophies.
“Even though it's been a really difficult year for the team I've enjoyed being a part of the club again. I've had a good year personally and to win these awards is a great moment for me.”

PREMIER LEAGUE LATEST…
EDINBURGH added the Premier League Knockout Cup to the League Cup with victory over Ipswich last week, leaving the PL title itself to contest this weekend.
The Monarchs won at Foxhall and completed the KO Cup success at Armadale, with boss Alex Harkess saying: “It was a good meeting and I enjoyed it – eventually!”

GLASGOW boss Stewart Dickson is calling on his riders to attack the track as they bid to end the season with a flourish in Sunday’s double-header against Workington and Berwick.
Dickson said: “I know Newcastle's Danny King smashed the track record to bits last time and as he left the stadium, he came over to me and a couple of track staff, and said to us, 'That track was perfect.’ It's nice to hear that, but I'd prefer to hear that from my own riders."

IPSWICH bring down the curtain on their 2014 with the traditional 16-Lap Classic at Foxhall on Thursday – with the final race being a gruelling test of man and machine.
Co-promoter Chris Louis said: “I know from my own experiences that I faced the 16 lap final with dread and excitement in equal measure, a real mental and physical battle that can really only be attacked with one tactic. Qualify well, race from the back grid and attack from the off!
“Speedway is raced over four laps and that’s how you get conditioned, it’s really quite amazing how tough it becomes when you change that and each rider taking part on Thursday will be feeling the effects after just 6 – 8 laps, it becomes a mental battle and mind over matter from that point on!”

SOMERSET defend the Premier League title when they face Edinburgh home and away this weekend in a repeat of the 2013 Final.
Promoter Debbie Hancock said: “This is what we have been battling for all season. Having won the title last year, we are determined to make a successful defence of our crown, but by the same token Edinburgh will be looking to avenge last year’s Final defeat.
“Our two matches against Edinburgh already this year have shown that there is little to choose between the two sides on aggregate and there is no reason to believe that the Final will be any different.”

WORKINGTON bring the curtain down on their 2014 campaign this weekend with the re-staging of their outstanding home play-off group fixture on Saturday against their oldest rivals Berwick, which will also double as the second leg of their Border Trophy clash, followed by a visit to Glasgow on Sunday for their final Premier League fixture.
Comets team manager Tony Jackson said: “Following our home victory over Edinburgh last Saturday we are looking to finish the season strongly with two good performances this weekend. With our number one Josh Grajczonek still sidelined with his collarbone injury we are grateful that former Comet Ulrich Ostergaard has once again agreed to step in as a guest this weekend.
“Naturally we will be looking to bring down the curtain at Derwent Park with a win over the Bandits; and to win by more than seven points to claim the Border Trophy would be a nice way to finish what has, at times, been a frustrating season in terms of injuries and postponements. Then, at Glasgow on Sunday, we will be aiming to finish our away fixtures with a victory, and so get a few more points on the board in the final league table once again agreed to step in as a guest this weekend.”

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FIM TEAM SPEEDWAY UNDER 21 WORLD TITLE TO MILDURA - OCTOBER 2015
U21 NEWS - 21 October, 2014
Story Brendon Gledhill















“The FIM Track Racing Commission have been developing the FIM Youth Project in speedway and are delighted that the Speedway Under 21 Championships are getting stronger,” Mr. Castagna said. “To conduct the FIM Speedway Teams Under 21 World Championship out of Europe, for the first time, is proof that our Youth project in speedway is gaining momentum,” he added.

Castagna said “that he had great memories of riding at Olympic Park, Mildura, against home town Master, Phil Crump and that it was Phil who had recently brought him up to date with the $A585,000  venue refurbishment at Mildura, to bring the track to FIM standard.” 

Mildura Motor Cycle Club had undertaken major Victorian government funded works, which included a unique tyre suspended, rubber belt safety fence, complete with an FIM homologated AirFence, new lighting, new pits, new public address system and a new power reticulation.

Club President, Gavin Sedgmen, said, “that the awarding of this significant FIM Championship meeting to my Club was testimony to the many hours of volunteer work put into the project over six months to October last year. I am proud of the more than, 7,000 hours of work put in by so many members, friends and Club benefactors at over more than 60 Working bees, which has placed the Club in a position to seriously bid for the FIM meeting. We just have to get on with the job now and make the meeting successful and enjoyable for the riders from the countries who participate.”

Sedgmen added that, ”He was delighted to meet so many of the FIM Bureau members and to be treated so cordially by them and BSI Executives while he was their guest at the Torun GP; a real showcase event for World Speedway. My dealings with Armando have always been encouraging and cheerful and to see the confidence that the FIM has in my Club to do the job, is a wonderful feeling.”

“My Club will welcome the Teams, Officials, FIM representatives and a large contingent of International spectators, who will come to Australia for the Speedway Grand Prix in Melbourne and then take the trip to Mildura for the Under 21 Teams a week later.” Sedgmen said. “It will be a wonderful opportunity for International guests to see some of Australia’s outback, rivers and genuine bushland and wildlife, if they come from Melbourne to Mildura for a few days straight after the Grand Prix and prior to our event” the President suggested.

Four teams of Under 21 riders will contest the World Championship Final at Mildura after event rounds which will be held in Europe during next European season. Team Under 21 Australia, being the host Nation, will be an automatic qualifier.

The best of World Speedway’s junior talent will be on show in what will be a hard fought and keenly contested event. Many countries are now getting great results from riders from their Junior Development programs and many of these riders will showcase their talents at Mildura.

Mildura Club officials have proposed an extensive schedule for the Under 21 Teams event, with the Official Practice planned, as a night event, for Thursday 29th October and a Rider and Team Presentation Dinner, which will be open to the public, on Friday 30th October. The Championship final will be held on Saturday 31st October 2015.

The Club will launch a website for general information in the near future with links currently being discussed.

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BRITISH BRIEFS
UK NEWS - 21 October, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

POOLE promoter Matt Ford says his side will take nothing for granted despite going into the second leg of the Elite League Grand Final with a lead.
The Pirates were 37-34 up at Brandon on Friday when rain forced a premature conclusion, and the sides meet once again at Wimborne Road on Monday to decide the title.
Ford said: “This is far from a foregone conclusion. Coventry have already won here this season and they will be so fired up to do the same on Monday. I am predicting a very tough meeting so we just have to be prepared for it.
“This is a Grand Final. There is a league title at stake and both teams will be out there battling for every point going. There isn't a lot to choose between the two sides so maybe the biggest factor could be the support levels.
“I really hope the Poole fans can deliver once again and really get behind the team. It's been a tough season but it would be great to finish it with the league title still in our name.”

COVENTRY captain Chris Harris insists the Bees will be fired up to overturn a three-point first leg deficit when they visit Poole in the second leg of the Elite League Grand Final.
Harris played a starring role in the Brandon club’s 2010 triumph at Wimborne Road and is hoping for a repeat when the sides meet again at the Dorset venue on Monday.
He said: “We’re disappointed that we’re three points down because we threw some stupid points away on Friday.
“But we’ll re-group for Monday and we’ll come back hard. We’ll meet up beforehand and have a good talk about things, and we don’t want to let a good season go down the pan.
“It’s nice to get to the Final but when you get to the Final and lose it, it’s not nice, and we don’t want that to happen.”

MILTON Keynes have been confirmed as winners of the Midland Development League after the play-off Final could not be staged.
The planned running at Mildenhall earlier this month was abandoned when Rye House’s Rob Watts injured his back when attempting a practice start, leaving the event without medical cover.
MDL joint co-ordinator Dale Allitt said: “With the full agreement of both clubs the co-ordinators have made the decision that the 2014 Championship will be awarded to Milton Keynes as the side ahead in the final league table.
“If the MDL is run in 2015, subject to the agreement of the competing sides there would be no play-offs and the league run on traditional league championship formula of the top team at the end of the season crowned as winners.”

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GILLMAN CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP
GENERAL NEWS - 20 October, 2014
Story Gillman Media














The British/European Sidecar class is usually the most popular class but this year there will be plenty of interest in the Post Classic and Evolution class with the first appearance of eight-times Australian champion Darrin Treloar who will be riding the lowliner bike previously raced by his late father, Garry, who passed away in June. “Dad and I always talked about how good it would be to restore his old bike and give it a run. He came to Gillman with me many times and I thought the annual Classic meeting at Gillman would be the perfect place to ride the bike.” The opposition looks very even although Paul Donnelly (Vic) and Clinton Crabb stood out in the recent winter meetings so could be the biggest threat to Treloar.

The British/ European Sidecars will include three Vincents this year, all coming over from Victoria. They’ll be ridden by Doug Cotterell, Rory McEnroe and Peter Tolley but they’ll have serious opposition from Geoff Baran on a Norton and Clinton Crabb on a Triumph 750. The British class, and the Post Classic/Evolution classes will both see new champions crowned as there are no previous winners in either class.

The other Sidecar class, the Japanese class, will see last year’s winner, Mick Tucker, defending his title on his 500cc Suzuki, but he’ll do well to keep his title with several current day riders — Tim Bichard, Arron Hartwig, Shane Rudloff and Aaron Silvy — in the line-up.

As well as the two and three wheel classes the Three Quarter Midgets will have some demonstration runs. With the clay track surfaces dominating most speedway tracks these days, Gillman is one of the few tracks where the surface is smooth enough for the TQ drivers to have a safe and enjoyable time driving their classic cars.

The Classic meeting also pays tribute to a former speedway personality each year and this year it is legendary Claremont Speedway promoter Con Migro. As in past years there will be a BBQ at the stadium on the Friday night (24 October) with Con and many of the interstate riders and supporters present. The BBQ is open to all speedway fans.

Everything You Need To Know:
Meeting Date: Saturday night, 25 October 2014.
Venue: Gillman Speedway Stadium, 65 Wilkins Road, Gillman – near the Port Adelaide area.
Gates open: at 4 pm.
Racing starts: at 7.30 pm. Free spectator access to the pits for a close look at the bikes until approximately 6.30 pm.

Championship formats:
All championships decided over three heat rides for each rider, with the top four point scorers qualifying for the finals. Finishing order in the finals will determine the championship placegetters.

Awards: Sashes for the placegetters in the final for each class.

Nominations:
Jap/ESO Solos ( riders over 45 ): Peter Collins (ESO), John Dwyer (ESO), Jim Phillips (WA, ESO), Keith Pilcher (QLD, ESO), Kevin Webb (WA, ESO)
2 Valve Solos: Sean Chapman, Roy Stout (QLD), George Thomson, Kevin Webb (WA)
British/ European Sidecars: Geoff Baran/Ken Cherrington (Norton 830), Doug Cotterell/Stuart Williams (Vic, Vincent), Clinton Crabb/Jarred Edey (Triumph 750), Rory McEnroe/Tony Kavanti (Vic, Vincent), Peter Tolley/ Ezra Buzzard-Allen(Vic, Vincent)
Japanese Sidecars: Tim Bichard/Dale Knights (Suzuki 750), Gregory Griffiths/Nathan McFadden (NSW), Arron Hartwig/TBA, Steven Lewis/Tanya Moon, Shane Rudloff/Damian Egan, Aaron Silvy/Blake Ridley (Honda 750), Graham Thomson/Shayne Thomson (Honda 750), Mick Tucker/Anthony Diener (Suzuki 500), Rocky Warren/Courtenay Warren (Honda 750)
Post Classic & Evolution Sidecars: Keith Bichard/Derek Thomas, Geoff Baran/Ken Cherrington (Kawasaki 1000), Sean Chapman/Matt Ambrose (Kawasaki 1000), Clinton Crabb/Jarred Edey (Kawasaki 1000), Paul Donnelly/Jake Roberts (Vic), Dean Hobbs/Andy Westover, Aaron Silvy/Blake Ridley (Yamaha 750), Darrin Treloar/Ricky Treloar (NSW), Mick Tucker/Anthony Diener (Suzuki 1000), Rocky Warren/Courtenay Warren (Kawasaki 1000)
TQs: John Catford, Wayne Hamilton, Nigel Harvey, Bob Holland, Eric Klenke, Michael Levy,

Admission:
Adults $20, Age Pension and Student Concession $15, Children Under 16 $5 (aged between 12-15 inclusive), Children Under 12 free. Family $45. Programme $5. Parking free.

Concession is limited to holders of the Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card and Student Concession card holders only. A family ticket covers 2 Adults and children under 16.

Weather Forecast: Partly cloudy, maximum 27, minimum 12 [www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/Adelaide]

Souvenirs: There is a well-stocked souvenir shop including the latest Blackchrome manufactured shirts and jackets. Eftpos available only in the souvenir shop.

Food and drink: Full bar and catering available. Food includes hot chips, pies, pasties, sausage rolls, Chico Rolls, dim sims, hot dogs, sandwiches, doughnuts, coffee, cold drinks, sweets. Please note a condition of our liquor licence is no byo alcohol or glass can be brought into the venue. Also note no pets, other than guide dogs, are allowed into the venue.

Seating: There are large grassed viewing mounds and terracing but no grandstand seating, so bring deck chairs or blankets if you do not want to sit on the grass.

Directions:
The best way to get to Gillman Speedway is off Hanson Road.

If you are coming from the eastern and southern suburbs, get on to Hanson road off Torrens Road or Grand Junction Road, travel north on Hanson road over the train line then take the first road on the left, which is Wilkins road.

From the northern suburbs, travel down the new Port Adelaide expressway and take the Hanson Road exit. Once on Hanson Road, take the first exit on your right, this is Wilkins road.

From the western suburbs, Wilkins Road is the continuation of Bedford Street, north of Eastern Parade.

For interstate visitors flying into Adelaide and getting a hire car, Gillman is about 20kms, and 30 minutes’ drive (depending on traffic lights) from the airport.

The easiest and most direct way, if not going to your accommodation first is:

On leaving the airport, turn left onto Sir Donald Bradman Drive. Continue along Sir Donald Bradman Drive until you reach the end of the airports grounds and turn right onto Tapleys Hill Road. Once you are on Tapleys Hill Road you can’t really go wrong. You only have to make three or four turns and most of those are simple. Just keep going on Tapleys Hill Road until you can’t go any further. That’s Port Road. Turn left onto Port Road. You can only turn left, you can’t go straight ahead or turn right, so pretty easy to this point. Continue down Port Road for about 1 km to the first intersection which is Grand Junction road and turn right. You only go 700 metres along Grand Junction Road over a bridge over a railway line. Stay in the left lane because at the bottom of the bridge you turn left into Gray Terrace. Go to the end of Gray Terrace (there is a slight detour along Gray Terrace at the moment) and turn right (you can’t go straight ahead) onto Bedford Street. Just keep going on that Road until you get to the speedway. About 2 kms.

Accommodation:
There is plenty of accommodation in Adelaide and suburbs, within 20-30 minutes of the Speedway, ranging from five star hotels to caravan parks and backpacker hostels. The Pavlos Motel on Main North Road, Pooraka offers a discount to speedway fans but you must ring the motel direct and ask for the Gillman Speedway discount. Full details are on the Gillman website under the information/accommodation tab.

Contact for this meeting: Speedway Manager, David Parker 0403 364 658

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BRITISH BRIEFS
UK NEWS - 20 October, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

POOLE finished runners-up in the inaugural World Speedway League event in Poland on Saturday.
The Pirates were four points behind Swedish side Piraterna but defeated hosts Zielona Gora and Esbjerg from Denmark in the clash of clubs who had won their domestic titles in 2013.
Poole promoter Matt Ford said: “I am delighted with this result, it means so much to me to see the club win a World Championship medal. This event has had its critics and problems on the way, but at long last we have realised a dream.
“I was immensely proud to actually be able to field a team full of club assets and I can't praise Leon (Madsen), Grzegorz (Walasek) and THJ (Tomas H Jonasson) enough. They pulled on those Poole colours and gave it their all.”

WORKINGTON completed their home Premier League fixtures with a 53-43 victory over play-off finalists Edinburgh at Derwent Park last night - despite the Comets being without their top two riders.
Reserve Simon Lambert scored 14 points from five rides for the Comets, and Kyle Howarth picked up 13, whilst Craig Cook and Max Fricke both won tactical rides for the visitors on their way to 15 apiece.
Workington boss Tony Jackson said: “Overall it was a terrific night and a terrific result, which has given everyone at the club a lift after a few tough weeks. The Monarchs may have had Steve Worrall and Derek Sneddon missing, but I feel that the absence of Josh Grajczonek and Rene Bach was an even bigger handicap for us, especially at home.
“But, without doubt, our match-winner was reserve Simon Lambert, who dropped his only point in five outings to Max Fricke in his final ride, while Kyle Howarth and Ricky Wells both scored double figures to help us to victory.
“However, the biggest plaudits of the day have to go to our track staff, who worked all day to transform the circuit into a race-track after all the rain that fell on Friday night did its best to ruin things for us once again.”

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BIKE OPENER
GENERAL NEWS - 19 October, 2014
Story by Ken Brown

The opening meeting at the Pinjar Park Speedway on Saturday, the Chum Taylor and Dennis Nash Foundation Cup, will feature two of the nation's up and coming youngsters.

Rob Bradford (SA) and Brodie Waters (Vic) will battle it out against all of the local stars, including the WA titleholder Daniel Winchester, Blake Russell, Kale Ballantyne and Douglas Scoble.

The Sidecar events should be fought out between Russell Mitchell, Vince Gianoncelli, John Lowe and Hugh Briotti.

The preliminary events start at 5:30pm with the main program kicking off at 7pm.

The venue is located in Pederick Road, Neerabup.

Part proceeds of the meeting help the cost of sending WA Speedway Motorcycle Club members to interstate Australian Championship events.

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BRITISH BRIEFS
UK NEWS - 19 October, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

POOLE hold the advantage after the first leg of the Elite League Grand Final having taken a 37-34 win from a rain-curtailed opener at Coventry.
The Pirates collected 4-2s from each of the last three races which were possible as conditions worsened at Brandon to turn around the three-point lead the Bees had held after Heat 9.
Reserve Kyle Newman again starred for Poole with nine points whilst Przemyslaw Pawlicki also won two races on his way to 8+1, whilst Kyle Howarth maintained his strong play-off form for the Bees with ten, winning his opening two outings.
Pirates promoter Matt Ford said: “I would rather have a three point lead than be trailing by three points but there is really little cushioning there and we have absolutely everything to go for in the second leg.
“I was pleased with the way the lads kept things tight tonight and perhaps had the meeting gone the full distance we would have had an even bigger lead as we tend to get stronger as the meeting progresses.”
Bees boss Gary Havelock said: “I’d like to think this will motivate our team even more. It’s only three points so we’ve got to go to Poole and try to win, which we would have been trying to do anyway.”

EDINBURGH secured the Premier League Knockout Cup for the first time since 1999 with a 52-38 second-leg win over Ipswich at Armadale.
The result gave the Monarchs a convincing 30-point aggregate margin, although the Witches gave an improved showing after a disastrous first leg at home.
Craig Cook completed an unbeaten showing throughout the tie with a paid maximum and was joined in double figures by Max Fricke, Sam Masters and Justin Sedgmen, whilst Cameron Heeps top-scored for the Witches on 12 points, the visitors losing Morten Risager to illness mid-meeting.
Edinburgh boss Alex Harkess said: “It was a good meeting and I enjoyed it – eventually!”
Meanwhile visitors Arena-Essex won the season-closing Tunnel Trophy match at Kent 48-45 with Stefan Nielsen returning from injury on 12 points, alongside Jack Kingston, whilst Simon Lambert and Danny Ayres both scored 14 for the hosts.

WORKINGTON race the final home fixture of their regular Premier League campaign with the visit of Grand Finalists Edinburgh to Derwent Park on Saturday.
Aaron Summers steps in for the Comets in place of the injured Josh Grajczonek, and rider-replacement will be in operation for skipper Rene Bach who is required to ride in the FIM World Speedway League Final.
Workington manager Tony Jackson said: “Obviously going into this fixture without Josh and Rene is an absolutely huge handicap. However, we have secured the services of the best guest that is available to ride for us with an average less than Josh's current 8.11, and we are very grateful to the Redcar club and to Aaron Summers for agreeing to guest for us.”
Meanwhile an early decision was taken to postpone the Devon v Stoke National League fixture, and was announced on Friday afternoon due to a poor weather forecast.

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SGP NUMBERS FOR 2015 REVEALED
SGP NEWS - 18 October, 2014
Story SGP Media















They can also nominate their own, provided they choose an available number higher than 22.

World No.2 Krzysztof Kasprzak sticks with No.507, while Nicki Pedersen has opted to take on the No.3 race jacket after finishing third in the World Championship – making him the only rider to use their 2014 finishing position as their riding number next term.

Fifth-placed Matej Zagar – one of the first men to promote a rider number – keeps No.55, while Andreas Jonsson retains No.100. Aussie champ Chris Holder sticks with No.23 and Jaroslaw Hampel wears No.33 again.

Wild cards Troy Batchelor and Niels-Kristian Iversen keep No.75 and No.88 respectively, while Britain’s Chris Harris retains No.37 – his late father Cedric’s grasstrack number.

Australia’s GP Challenge runner-up Jason Doyle, the only rider in the field never to have contested an SGP round, takes on No.69, while Poland’s Maciej Janowski has picked No.71.

Denmark’s Michael Jepsen Jensen will ride wearing No.52 and Swedish champion Tomas H Jonasson completes the line-up at No.30. All four riders make their full-time SGP debuts in 2015.

The FIM Speedway Grand Prix Commission has also nominated three reserve riders for the 2015 series.

Nordic SGP runner-up Peter Kildemand is rewarded for a strong 2014 season with the first reserve spot. FIM Speedway Under-21 world champion Piotr Pawlicki is second reserve and Sweden’s Linus Sundstrom is the third stand-in rider.

They will be drafted into an SGP meeting if one of the regular 15 riders is forced out through injury, illness or other reasons.

FULL 2015 FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX LINE-UP (in ranking order with riding numbers in brackets):
1 (45) Greg Hancock (United States)
2 (507) Krzysztof Kasprzak (Poland)
3 (3) Nicki Pedersen (Denmark)
4 (108) Tai Woffinden (Great Britain)
5 (55) Matej Zagar (Slovenia)
6 (100) Andreas Jonsson (Sweden)
7 (23) Chris Holder (Australia)
8 (33) Jaroslaw Hampel (Poland)
9 (75) Troy Batchelor (Australia)
10 (88) Niels-Kristian Iversen (Denmark)
11 (37) Chris Harris (Great Britain)
12 (69) Jason Doyle (Australia)
13 (71) Maciej Janowski (Poland)
14 (52) Michael Jepsen Jensen (Denmark)
15 (30) Tomas H Jonasson (Sweden)

NOMINATED SGP SUBSTITUTE RIDERS
19 (19) Peter Kildemand (Denmark)
20 (20) Piotr Pawlicki (Poland)
21 (21) Linus Sundstrom (Sweden)

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BRITISH BRIEFS
UK NEWS - 18 October, 2014
Story by BSPA Press Office

POOLE secured their place in the Elite League Grand Final with a 47-43 win over King’s Lynn in difficult conditions at Wimborne Road on Thursday.
Heavy rain intervened midway through the second leg, which had already been postponed on three occasions, but both teams battled on as the tie went down to the closing stages.
Pirates skipper Maciej Janowski produced a crucial ride to get the better of Kenneth Bjerre and Jason Garrity in Heat 11 when the Stars looked set to turn the semi-final around, and Kyle Newman used the inside to good effect to hit the front in the next race.
A 4-2 in Heat 13 put the Pirates five-up on aggregate, and after a share in the next race they needed to provide just a finisher in Heat 15 which became academic when Lynn captain Rory Schlein suffered mechanical failure.
Newman top-scored for Poole with 11+1 and Janowski added 10, whilst guests Garrity and Chris Harris (both 11+1) led the way for the Stars.

COVENTRY promoter Mick Horton is predicting a classic encounter in the Elite League Grand Final – starting at Brandon on Friday.
The Bees take on old rivals Poole in a repeat of the 2010 Final which produced one of the most dramatic clashes in the history of the play-offs.
Horton said: “I would like to say after watching the semi-final between Poole and King’s Lynn, that both sets of promotions, management and riders deserve a lot of praise for completing their fixture on Thursday night in trying conditions to say the least.
“Now it’s time for the Grand Final and all eyes in the speedway world will be watching two giants of British Speedway.
“The rivalry between both Coventry and Poole is immense, and many would argue that it is the fixture on the calendar that every Bees and Pirates fan looks forward to every season.
“There will be no love lost in this Final and I strongly urge travelling fans to get to Coventry early on Friday as a big crowd is expected.”

POOLE will again track Troy Batchelor and Danny King as guests in the first leg of the Elite League Grand Final on Friday.
The duo both rode in Thursday’s semi-final and step in for Darcy Ward and Josh Grajczonek respectively, with Matt Williamson replacing Benji Compton at reserve. Coventry are at full strength with Ben Barker making his comeback from injury.
Poole promoter Matt Ford said: “It's going to be a really tough final again this year. Coventry have really come on big over the latter course of the season and I have been fearing them for a while now.
“It is very much like the form guide we had in the semi-final with both sides having won on the other's territory this season.
“We have been given a bit of a boost with the news that Vaclav (Milik) is now available after the Czech championship play-offs were cancelled due to rain over there.
“Because of the weather and the pressures to get this title decided it has been a bit of a rush but we will go there tonight, fresh, if not muddy, with a view to, at the very least, keeping the tie alive for the second leg.”

EDINBURGH have one hand on the Premier League Knockout Cup ahead of Friday’s second leg against Ipswich at Armadale.
The Monarchs produced another impressive away display to win the first leg 53-37 at Foxhall, with No.1 Craig Cook lowering his own track record in the first race on his way to a 15-point maximum.
Both sides saw a rider suffer injury with Gino Manzares withdrawn after two races for the Witches, whilst Edinburgh are waiting for news on skipper Derek Sneddon who fell in his third ride and took one more outing before withdrawing with a hip complaint.
Ipswich boss Brian Messenger said: “I don't know what went wrong tonight; Gino being withdrawn didn't help but they simply didn't have the same hunger to win as Edinburgh.
“I put Adam (Ellis) and Cam (Heeps) out in Heat 15 because I thought they had earned it after all their efforts tonight. The team have now given themselves almost no chance of coming back with a trophy on Friday night.”

KENT make a second attempt to round off their season with the Tunnel Trophy clash against Arena-Essex at Central Park on Friday.
Former Kings riders Luke Chessell and Jack Kingston have been added to the line-up for the Young Hammers after the original postponement last week.

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American legend Greg Hancock will become the first FIM Speedway Grand Prix world champion not to don the No.1 race jacket in 2015 after next year’s riding numbers and substitutes were revealed.

The newly-crowned triple world champion has elected to stick with his iconic No.45 riding number, despite earning the right to wear No.1 after sealing the sports biggest prize in Torun, Poland last Saturday.

Outgoing world champion Tai Woffinden of Great Britain wore the No.1 race jacket this season, but dons his own No.108 after finishing fourth in the standings.

Riders have the option to use their SGP ranking number, which is dictated by their finishing position in the previous year’s World Championship or their ranking from the GP Challenge.
Greg Hancock will become the first FIM Speedway Grand Prix world champion not to don the No.1 race jacket .
Night Speedway starts this Saturday (25 October) night with the staging of the annual Gillman Speedway Classic Championships.

Championships will be held for five classes, starting with the Jap/ESO Solo class for riders aged over 45, with riders from three states sharing favouritism — defending champion Peter Collins from South Australia, 2011 winner, and last year’s runner-up, Keith Pilcher from Queensland, and spectacular WA rider Kevin Webb.

Webb is also riding in the 2 Valve Solo class where he’ll resume his annual duel with Queensland’s Roy Stout. Stout is the defending champion, and a five-times winner, while Webb has been runner-up four times, three times to Stout. Another former placegetter, Seane Chapman is returning after several seasons lay-off and will provide strong opposition to Stout and Webb.
Roy Stout (left) and Kevin Webb,
Photo: Judy Mackay.
Director of the FIM, Track Racing Commission, Mr. Armando Castagna, has today announced the historic allocation of the 2015 FIM Team Speedway Under 21 World Championship – Final to be conducted in Australia, at Olympic Park Speedway, Mildura, on Saturday 31st October 2015.

Mr. Castagna and Mildura Motor Cycle Club President, Gavin Sedgmen, signed the contract for Mildura to host the event, in the company of Mark Lemon, MA Australian Speedway Team Manager, at the final round of the Speedway Grand Prix at Poland’s Torun circuit, on 11th October, prior to the commencement of the World Championship decider of 2014.

Mr. Castagna and his Bureau colleagues are pleased to announce the promotion of the event in Australia, noting that the 2015 FIM Team Speedway Under 21 World Championship - final, next year, will be held just one week after the final Speedway Grand Prix of 2015, which will be held at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on Saturday, 24th October 2015.
Mark  Lemon, Armando Castagna & Gavin Sedgman
signing the contract at Torun.
Australian star Troy Batchelor is targeting the FIM Speedway Grand Prix top five as he aims high for his second season in the big time in 2015.

The Brisbane-born rider enjoyed an impressive World Championship debut season this year, finishing ninth despite being called up just a month before the opening round in Auckland. Batch didn’t quite reach his top-eight goal, but he is still keen to raise the bar again next term.

He said: “I’ve learned a lot this year and I’m definitely going to put it into practice next year. I’ve got a lot to think about and a lot to do, but I am definitely confident. I said I’d be targeting the top five if I got back in the Grand Prix for 2015 and I stand by that. My goal was two podiums and the top eight this year. I was just shy of that
Troy Batchelor.
The Opening meeting of the Sidewinders 2014/15 season started with a blast with 30 riders in total including 15 A and B grade solos, and support classes made up of 6 novice solos,6 peewees, 1 quad, 1 novice sidecar and 1 competition sidecar. After 4 very hotly contested rounds,  Brayden  McGuinness lead on a maximum 12 points, Mitchell Grech on 11, Troy Kutcher on 10 and Jack Norman on 9.   After a long term recovery after breaking his leg at the Aussie titles in Perth earlier this year, and in a race that could have been anyones, it was Jack Norman who took out the A final. Mitchell Grech 2nd, Brayden McGuinness 3rd and Troy Kutcher 4th place.

After successfully completing their competency tests and laying their bikes down in the Official Practice the previous week, Seth Pascoe (son of sidecar rider Chris Pascoe), Maxwell Liebeknecht and Hugh Evans have now joined the 'competition licensed' solo ranks of Sidewinders and have stepped up to the plate giving our spectators their monies worth. We still have another 6 riders to graduate from demonstration to competition class hopefully
Photo b Judy MacKay.