SEP 18th 2015

Video: Flat‑Out and Fearless – speedway at its best

Although even the most vehement of speedway fans couldn’t deny the allegation that, at its worst, the riders often end the race in the same order in which they made the first corner from the gate, there’s no escaping the fact that at its best speedway can encapsulate this year’s Festival of Speed theme as well as any sport that requires the use of wheels …

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If just two words can be used to sum up the sport of motorcycle speedway, it is these: No brakes. Yes, in case you were unaware, the only way the riders can slow the bikes down for the turns is to kick-out the back tyre and then crack the throttle wide open and power through the turn on opposite lock. Thought drifting cars was impressive? How about actually racing like that… on dirt… with no brakes … burning methanol… on a bike that isn’t far removed from a BMX with 80bhp and with a lot of torque.

This race is heat 15 from the European Grand Prix at Bydgoszcz (pronounced ‘Bid-gosh’) in Poland and it’s a beauty. Included in the line-up is Brit Tai Woffinden (who wound up as World Champion that year) and the hugely popular American Greg Hancock who came along to FoS this year. This is speedway at its best, with riders working the inside and outside lines, cutting back, banging wheels, it’s got the lot.

At just four laps long any speedway race is necessarily Flat-Out and Fearless…, but this one is particularly action packed. See if you can watch it just the once …

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