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Track Talk: Time running out for riders to keep place

By Nigel Pearson | Speedway | Published:

Wolves bosses know what it takes to be the best – but they’re currently well below standard.

Jacob Thorssell of Wolverhampton.

I was interested to read comments from both Pete Adams and Chris Van Straaten after the home defeat by Somerset last week.

They admit they are waiting for new averages before looking at making a move in the market to recruit a new rider or two.

That defeat had been coming. Not my words, but those of management and supporters at Monmore.

So Monday’s meeting with Swindon – a repeat of last year’s Grand Final – takes on extra significance as it seems time is running out for certain riders to keep their place at the club.

The good news is they will be back to full strength on Monday with both Kyle Howarth and Cameron Heeps returning from injury.

But talk of change at this time of year takes me back two short years ago when they brought in the reigning world champion at the time, Tai Woffinden.

He was the signing who took them to the next level, the man who made a difference to help them win the league title.

It was harsh on Jonas Kylmakoorpi, who was axed in the move, but nobody can argue with the outcome.

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I’m not saying Woffinden would make a return now, or Freddie Lindgren for that matter, but it’s also not always about the star riders. A key signing at the bottom end can make all the difference.

I’m expecting a tough, close contest on Monday – and it’s not on TV, so there’s no excuse for giving it a miss!

Swindon have done well this season in the defence of their title – despite losing world champion Jason Doyle to Somerset.

They still have a solid team and I fully expect them to make the play-offs.

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Also, It’s that time of year we all love as speedway fans!

All roads lead to Cardiff next weekend for the Adrian Flux FIM British Speedway Grand Prix at the Principality Stadium.

But you can start your weekend in style this Thursday night at the Cleveland Arms in Wolverhampton when legendary Wolves duo Peter Karlsson and Mikael Max fly in from Sweden for a night with supporters.

They will then head to Cardiff to enjoy the action, like most other fans!

I spoke to PK on Thursday and he’s like a kid at Christmas, that’s how excited he is about coming over.

Call 01902 451021 for tickets, I’m told there are still limited VIP places available. See you there!

Then there is the Championship Pairs at Somerset on the Friday night which always pulls in a bumper crowd.

As an alternative, if you’re in Cardiff, I’ll be hosting a Grand Prix reception party at the stadium alongside TV colleague Kelvin Tatum.

Our guests are none other than Tai Woffinden and Nicki Pedersen.

Tickets are £15 and full details are available at sportstalkevents.co.uk for the first event of its kind the night before a GP.

Nigel Pearson

By Nigel Pearson
Columnist - @nigelpearson

Sports broadcaster/writer specialising in Football, Darts and Speedway for Sky Sports, IMG, BT Sport and talkSPORT.

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