Simply Shutters is excited to continue the sponsorship of Connor King – Speedway #101 and to commemorate this we’d like to discuss the sport further and answer the question: what is speedway?
Quite simply, Speedway is a motorcycle sport where the bikes have no brakes, one gear, and the riders have no fear! Races are usually held in 300m long oval circuits where the riders drive around in an anti clockwise direction at speeds of up to 60mph! When turning, as the bikes have no brakes they have to master the skill of ‘skidding’ around the bends.
Each Speedway season holds several races which are called meetings. But there are no business suits involved in these meetings. Just Kevlar race suits, boots, helmets, and goggles for maximum protection. Each rider wears a customised suit featuring their name as well as the names and logos of their sponsors. Their bikes are also decorated in the same way. Here is a picture of Connor in his fantastic race suit:
At a meeting two teams will race against each other over 15 heats with 4 laps per heat. Four riders race in each heat with 2 members from each team going up against each other in a high speed, octane rush where they zoom and skid past each other so rapidly it really can be anybody’s race.
The point system is graded as follows:
4th place = 0 points
3rd place = 1 point
2nd place = 2 points
1st place = 3 points
In the UK there are 3 main leagues which are:
The National Development League
There are several teams in each league and each rider will have their own race average.
The league scoring system is graded as follows:
Home loss by any number of points = 0
Home draw = 1
Home win by any number of points = 3
Away loss by 7 points or more = 0
Away loss by 6 points or less = 1
Away draw = 2
Away win by between 1 and 6 points = 3
Away win by 7 points or more = 4
By the end of the season the four top scoring teams progress to the play offs where they race to be crowned the champions. The line-up is arranged as follows:
1st place vs 4th place.
2nd place vs 3rd place.
Whoever wins the play offs is crowned the champion and promoted to the next division up with the losing teams relegated to the lower league. Similar to football. However, this system can differ from country to country.
Connor continues to be a prominent rider for the Isle Wight team the Wightlink Warriors.
To see more fixtures/ information go to the Speedway website here
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