In speedway there are champions, there are entertainers, there are characters and there are showmen. In the case of Danny Ayres, he was all that and much much more.
Danny was the type of rider that everybody loved and exactly the the type of rider that the sport needs more of. Every time he was out on track you knew that you were getting everything he had, no quarter asked or given.
There are legendary moments etched in time that will be remembered for generations to come, and there are those moments that you can say "I was there."
In speedway such moments include -
Bruce Penhall and Kenny Carter coming together at the 1982 World Final.
Craig Boyce taking matters into his own hands against Tomasz Gollob in 1995.
That dramatic Elite League Playoff final between Reading and Peterborough in 2006.
Chris Harris' legendary Cardiff GP win in 2007.
Tai Woffinden winning his first World Championship in 2013.
Another moment which can be added to this list in Danny Ayres' heat 19 at the 2019 British Final, where he gave it absolutely everything to put on a show for the paying public. Although he didn't win the race, the rapturous applause and subsequent standing ovation he received after this showed just how popular and beloved he was by the fans.
This is how Danny Ayres will be remembered and his tragic and untimely passing has left a huge void in the sport of speedway and the sport will be a far poorer place without him.
With his infectious enthusiasm for this sport and charismatic nature you couldn't help but like the guy whether he was being interviewed or whether he was out on track celebrating in style after a race win.
You only need to look at the outpouring of tributes to the man since his passing to see what a mark he made on the sport, his fans and his peers during his relatively short career.
In the darkest of times the speedway family truly does come together unlike any other and it always looks out for it's own.
My thoughts go out to the friends and family of Danny Ayres and hope that they can find some comfort in knowing what a popular and well thought of young man he was.
Speedway truly has lost one of it's greatest showmen.
RIP Danny Ayres
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