The Streak Is Over

Published on 24th August 2020
Author Mythman

They say that all good things must come to an end and as such the streak is over. Week after week I was here rambling on about speedway despite there being a distinct lack of speedway action to speak of.

But no more, at least on a weekly basis that is.

As a result I probably won’t get that wee asterisk next to my name that denotes me an ever present, but what can you do?

No live action to watch means little to write about and as a result the well of inspiration starts to run all but dry. You know it’s bad when a certain Mr Barrie happens to be lost for words, I mean he usually has plenty to say!

This might sound like I’m saying goodbye, but trust me I’m not going anywhere! I shall be here every couple of weeks having found something at least tediously linked to speedway in some way, shape, form or fashion.

So where does that leave us?

Well in terms of subject matter we’ve covered the when’s, why’s and what nots of whether or not we were going to see racing in 2020.

I’ve also covered the fact that when we can eventually return to some sort of normality (what’s that in speedway?) there may be a renewed interest in the sport and hopefully the return of a few lapsed fans.

There’s been music and madness referenced in amongst the chaos and mayhem too, so it’s pretty safe to say we’ve covered a bit of ground despite not actually witnessing a single wheel being turned.

Hell, I’ve even linked our great sport to Mount Rushmore and video games as well as having been around the world making up teams from the obscure to the obscene.

Quite the journey right?

But in the words of Axl Rose, where do we go now?

The obvious and much mentioned lack of domestic action continues to roll on and depress us all greatly, but we do have the Grand Prix series to look forward to. The first and second rounds of the championship get underway in Wroclaw this weekend and that is where Bartosz Zmarlik will get the defence of his championship underway.

The revised format for the GP series has been criticised a fair bit by many, but if the action proves to be red hot as we know it can be this criticism will soon be forgotten.

Many clambered for a one off world final like the days of old and whilst that obviously blows the field wide open; I would argue that the revised format does exactly the same. Any one rider in that series can win on any given night and whilst many have found the temporary tracks to be their undoing, they simply aren’t a factor in 2020.

Whilst it would be no surprise to see the usual suspects of Woffinden, Madsen and Zmarzlik near the top of the tree, I think that perhaps now more than ever there will be other, perhaps unfancied riders in the hunt for GP glory.

For me guys like Martin Vaculik, Artem Laguta and possibly even Matej Zagar all of a sudden look like making the transition from resident spoiler to potential world champion.

Obviously there are more questions than answers at this point in time but what we do know is this…

The GP gets underway this weekend.

I will be watching.

There looks to be some tasty bets for the gamblers among us.

Scott Nicholls’ shirt will more than likely be hella bright!

Of course if you wish to agree, or disagree with the Mythman, have an idea for a feature, or you simply want to chew the fat over all things speedway, you can email me or get in touch via the JB Speedway Media Facebook page. If your compliments, or indeed gripes can be contained to limited characters, you can send me a tweet @Mythman666.

Until next time…and there will be a next time.
Right I’ll hae’tae gan


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