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Inside Track: Captain Mads Korneliussen’s weekly look inside the Norfolk Arena

17:08 17 August 2012

Mads Korneliussen believes storm clouds are gathering around speedway. Picture: Ian Burt

Mads Korneliussen believes storm clouds are gathering around speedway. Picture: Ian Burt

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Those that run our sport need to get their act together, because speedway is becoming too difficult for supporters to understand.

When those involved in the sport don’t entirely understand what can or can’t be done with regards to the use of guests and such then you know there is a problem.

The major issue, I think, is speedway needs to be simpler. And by that I mean having the same rules and programmes in every country.

For example, in Denmark there’s only five riders in a team. So if you’re a fan of speedway from the UK, Poland or Sweden – where teams have seven riders – it’s instantly different. That wouldn’t happen in football so why should it happen in our sport?

I’m annoyed enough as it is by the system in my own country (Denmark) anyway. It’s a joke. The way their meetings are organised is ridiculous. Five of my six rides the other week were against Bjarne Pedersen. Four times I was on the outside of him.

I know at home it is reversed, but it’s really unfair and our schedules of rides (depending what number we are) are never really the same anywhere, which is hard for us to understand as riders.

Federations in different countries are not working together for the good of the sport. They need to come up with a set of uniformed rules, and a simpler rulebook, that makes speedway easier to grasp – and in general deal with – for fans, riders and clubs.

A prime example is what happened to us (Lynn) the other week. We were docked a point for using Cory Gathercole at Swindon and it’s so complicated to explain, and in some senses understand, why we even got punished.

On the night we were ok to use him but now the decision has been changed and because of a Mickey Mouse ruling we’ve lost a point we deserved. We’re not happy about it, especially as he only scored two points. It’s pathetic.

You can’t do a lot about rain-offs, but governing bodies from each country need to sit down and work out fixture schedules together. In England, for example, you can race on all sorts of nights, and it’s why so many meetings this season have been completed with the use of guests and rider replacement in operation.

If we knew, for example, we’d race in England on say a Wednesday and Thursday, we could also cut down on our travelling and having to fly in and out of the same country twice in a week.

So many meetings this season, especially for the Stars, have ended up becoming almost meaningless fixtures for the fans in one sense I suppose.

King’s Lynn fans go every week to support their seven riders – not three of their own guys and three guests from, say, Coventry who will then ride against their team the next week.

You can’t blame promoters and team managers for doing their job and getting these guests in, but it’s not good for the sport. So much more needs to be done to ensure this doesn’t happen next season where we have so many patched-up sides racing.

The FIM are not bothered what happens because they do the GPs and World Cup and don’t care what happens to Lynn. And it’s too difficult for clubs to come together and make changes for the good of the sport – it needs to come from the highest level. And it needs to come now.

Finally, I’d like to just give my best wishes to Niels (Kristian Iversen) who’s currently injured (knee). He’s in high spirits and wants to ride, but I’ve told him not to come back too early. I did it once with similar ligament damage and did myself more harm.

David Howe’s a perfect example of what coming back too soon can do. He’s now out for the rest of the season. I understand the feeling of not wanting to let people down and just wanting to ride, but he knows he came back too soon.

I wish him well and I hope he’s at Lynn next year. He was phenomenal at the start of the season. He rode out of his skin for us.

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