Pirates: Pawlicki won't be back due to rule change

POLISH STAR: Piotr Pawlicki

POLISH STAR: Piotr Pawlicki

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BEMUSED Matt Ford last night slammed the “totally ridiculous” new system for grading overseas riders and blamed it for ruining his hopes of re-signing Piotr Pawlicki.

The Pirates chief revealed to the Daily Echo that he had shelved plans to bring the Polish sensation back to Wimborne Road due to his inflated assessed average for 2013.

The Poole promoter confirmed that, under regulations introduced at the sport’s AGM earlier this month, Pawlicki would be given a SEVEN-point average as opposed to last year’s seeding of four.

Ford had begun negotiations with the teenager over the possibility of him riding a full Elite League season with the Dorset club.

But that has now been scuppered and Ford launched a blistering verbal attack on the way foreign riders who have yet to gain an official average will now be assessed.

He told the Daily Echo: “We had opened negotiations with Piotr Pawlicki but, unfortunately, under no circumstances can we, nor will anybody else, use him on a seven-point average.

“I think the new grading system for riders is an absolute farce and totally ridiculous.

“But, again, you are going to have to let a lack of new movement coming into the sport now go to prove just how crazy the whole situation will be.

“The figures being put upon some of the riders are just quite simply unbelievable.

“There are riders there that have been assessed on higher grading averages than Dennis Andersson, who has had two years in British speedway and is in the main team in both Poland and Sweden. Yet there are riders who have never once been out of a reserve berth in Sweden that have been assessed with a higher average than Dennis.

“Without a shadow of a doubt, my opinion is that this rule will be changed within its first 12 months in British speedway.”

While the official press release from the British Speedway Promoters’ Association AGM failed to include details of the ruling, Elite League representative Chris Van Straaten confirmed it in last week’s Speedway Star.

Riders will be assessed by taking into account their performances in other European leagues and in world championship competitions.

Clubs are understood to have seen a list of proposed averages, with Bartosz Zmarzlik also believed to be rated as a seven-point rider, while Swindon’s reported interest in Tobiasz Musielak could be affected by his new assessment.

Ford’s comments came after Wolves chief Van Straaten had insisted the “much fairer system” would ensure a more “level playing field”.

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7:29am Tue 27 Nov 12

boyerboy says...

Well, thats the end of that , what shall we do Wednesday nights in the summer then ?
Well, thats the end of that , what shall we do Wednesday nights in the summer then ? boyerboy
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8:57am Tue 27 Nov 12

kangman2012 says...

Crazy sport that every year continually keeps shooting itself in the foot at it's AGM. I still keep half an eye on it but gave up going years ago thru the sports total lack of consistency due to constant rule changes. This latest rule, on the face of it, seems to be a complete joke - get a grip British speedway - you can only con so many people for so long!
Crazy sport that every year continually keeps shooting itself in the foot at it's AGM. I still keep half an eye on it but gave up going years ago thru the sports total lack of consistency due to constant rule changes. This latest rule, on the face of it, seems to be a complete joke - get a grip British speedway - you can only con so many people for so long! kangman2012
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10:48am Tue 27 Nov 12

hammer83 says...

Why do Sky stand by and let the muppets rule Asylum............
Perhaps in the final year of the contract they have lost interest and will not be buying for 2014.
They should just tell these promoters this is what's happen like it or lump it, then will see top riders gracing the leagues again.
Why do Sky stand by and let the muppets rule Asylum............ Perhaps in the final year of the contract they have lost interest and will not be buying for 2014. They should just tell these promoters this is what's happen like it or lump it, then will see top riders gracing the leagues again. hammer83
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12:09pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Mr Angry. says...

where are all the English riders theses days..............
where are all the English riders theses days.............. Mr Angry.
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7:25pm Tue 27 Nov 12

darcyknows says...

Mr Angry. wrote:
where are all the English riders theses days..............
Riding abroad ,no future here.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Angry.[/bold] wrote: where are all the English riders theses days..............[/p][/quote]Riding abroad ,no future here. darcyknows
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11:08pm Tue 27 Nov 12

pehf1rules says...

We don't have many decent british riders anymore !!!!
We don't have many decent british riders anymore !!!! pehf1rules
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2:36pm Wed 28 Nov 12

darcyknows says...

pehf1rules wrote:
We don't have many decent british riders anymore !!!!
Don't you mean we don'y have ANY decent british riders anymore.!!!
[quote][p][bold]pehf1rules[/bold] wrote: We don't have many decent british riders anymore !!!![/p][/quote]Don't you mean we don'y have ANY decent british riders anymore.!!! darcyknows
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4:54pm Wed 28 Nov 12

jollyroger99 says...

I have been a speedway supporter for many years but the last year or so things have changed for the worst,all the excitement has gone the roar of the machines warming up in the pits as you left the car started it all off,now they are almost unheard,i have been to a few meetings this year where has all the excitement gone tubo twins are fantastic , when you think back to loram rickardsen simmonds crowds went mad with excitement, part of the problem is being called the elite league brings its own poblems being 3or4 riders are premier leauge some not even heat leaders,i exepect we will have bjarne back to dull the exctement a bit more,bring back the buccaneers
I have been a speedway supporter for many years but the last year or so things have changed for the worst,all the excitement has gone the roar of the machines warming up in the pits as you left the car started it all off,now they are almost unheard,i have been to a few meetings this year where has all the excitement gone tubo twins are fantastic , when you think back to loram rickardsen simmonds crowds went mad with excitement, part of the problem is being called the elite league brings its own poblems being 3or4 riders are premier leauge some not even heat leaders,i exepect we will have bjarne back to dull the exctement a bit more,bring back the buccaneers jollyroger99
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