11 May 2021
The Dirt Xtra
It’s Tuesday night…and you know what that means. Speedway with crowds gets…
Another week past, another week of no live action and the descent into insanity continues.
This of course brings about more questions than answers, questions like…
How many riders in a race?
How many laps in a race?
How many guys in a team?
How many points for a win?
You get the idea.
However thanks to the Polish Ekstraliga getting back up and running, I have been able to familiarise myself with the sport once more.
With a lack of action virtually everywhere else in the world there are clearly a lot of eyes on the product, and as such a lot of criticism on social media.
The Polish Ekstraliga is widely regarded as the best speedway league in the world and with good reason. It’s where the riders earn the big bucks and the best riders in the world all want to ride there.
Yes it might have far too much stroke in the speedway world and it would be fair to say that the rest of the leagues suffer as a result of this but that is an argument for another day.
Is it the best speedway league in the world? Probably, but it doesn’t make it exempt from criticism.
It would be fair to say that most of the meetings that have taken place so far haven’t been classics and whilst there has been some good racing, there has equally been some not so good racing. In fairness though, there was some fairly lively racing in the weekends meetings just past.
Why this comes as a surprise to folks on social media kinda baffles me.
Irrespective of the level of speedway you’re watching, there is no guarantee that every race is going to be a classic.
I’ve witnessed better races in a second half at Berwick than I’ve seen in a Grand Prix and by the same token I’ve witnessed some absolutely obscene action at the top level of the sport. I would be lying if I didnt say that I’ve sat through some very tedious Grand Prix meetings simply waiting for something, anything to happen.
This isn’t just exclusive to speedway either, you can apply it to any sport. I don’t claim to be a football fan but I can guarantee that in some instances a Sunday League game between two pub teams will often be more entertaining than a Premiership game or Champions League game.
The point is that you simply cannot judge the product on first impressions, and we simply have to accept that this is the norm.
For the time being at least it looks like Polish League speedway is all we are going to see in terms of televised action, so we just have to accept it for what it is.
Will every meeting be dull? Of course not.
Will there be a classic encounter at some point? There might be several, but if you stop watching you’ll miss it.
That classic moment or meeting could be the next one you watch, you simply don’t know and you never can tell, that is what makes our sport so great.
All it takes is one moment of brilliance, one moment of controversy or one inspired performance to turn a so called snooze-fest into an instant classic.
Be patient my friends, the greatest hits are yet to come!
If you’re interested in hearing my take on the latest Polish action I was on the last episode of the Talk Speedway Podcast, which was a little different and something I thoroughly enjoyed. Give it a listen if you want to hear me talking nonsense instead of writing it!
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Until next time…and there will be a next time.
Right I’ll hae’tae gan