December 8 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 2, 2013
Niels-Kristian Iversen has been given a two-week ban from riding for Lynn in a situation which makes speedway look incredibly stupid.
He missed our meeting at home to Coventry last week to ride in the Danish league and has been punished by the British Speedway Promoters’ Association (BSPA). He’s my mate, and our fixture has been there all year, so for me he should have been at Lynn. But I understand why he rode in Denmark.
The DMU (Danmarks Motor Union) says riders should be given the opportunity to do a minimum of four meetings. He’s only done two. So he was just doing what he had to do to honour his club, sponsors and get enough meetings under his belt to race in the play-offs in his home country.
Niels was panicking about the situation but he really didn’t have any choice. Plus he told Rob (Lyon), and the BSPA in advance, so he was hardly witholding his services. I don’t blame the BSPA for banning him though. They have their rules. I blame the DMU for not making a law that says riders have to do a certain amount of meetings. They’re so weak. I just feel sorry for Niels as now he’s the bad guy when he’s been so loyal to Lynn.
He didn’t think he was doing anything wrong. And that’s where the problem lays. I can read the sport’s rules one way, Niels can another, and Rob another. There’s too many grey areas and it’s all left open to interpretation. The federations need to get together and make it easier for riders to compete in different countries.
Speedway just looks seriously amateur at times because even the riders don’t know what they can or can’t do. You can miss a meeting a day before an FIM meeting, but that’s not actually seen as witholding your services. It’s as if organisations operate in their own little world – which doesn’t help. At least we’ve got a decent replacement for Niels in Tai Woffinden tonight mind as we must beat Lakeside and get all three points.
Mads Korneliussen was talking to Gavin Caney.
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