Inside Track 2013: Captain Mads Korneliussen’s weekly look inside the Norfolk Arena
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While our meeting at Wolverhampton on Monday ended up being a farce I don't think a squad system should be introduced to British speedway.
A lot has been discussed about the issue this week, especially with Lynn, in my absence, having three guests in the six-man team that they lost with at Wolves. But I'm not in favour of the squad system. It wouldn't work in this country.
It's used in the top league in Poland but riders get a signing-on fee. Riders take that as a guarantee and it helps if you don't end up making money by actually racing for that team. But if you have one bad meeting you're history and there's so much swapping to line-ups it's unreal.
In Denmark you're also paid a guarantee, instead of just money for points. But in England, primarily you're paid by the points you score. Some clubs give you perks but it's certainly not a cultural thing.
I can see why some fans want the squad system. We definitely need to loosen up on the facility of booking a guest. But it's no good having a 10 or 20-man squad in my eyes. We're struggling at the moment at Lynn with injuries and some new riders, especially with guests featuring, yet the squad system would make it worse.
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As a rider, the way Britain operates is better. Because in Denmark and Sweden I have to pay to get a bike sorted, and my mechanic's wages, for a meeting which I might be told I'm not riding in until the night before.
Seven-man teams are the name of the game in the UK. The club could sack Rory Schlein and I while we're injured, and bring in two new riders, and then sack them when we're fit. But what good would that do?
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I like having a team and being loyal to seven men who can work together. Riding in Poland and Sweden isn't easy as you never know who will be in the pits when you turn up.
I've been sidelined since the injury I picked up on April 24 against Poole and I promise there's no good thing to being injured for a speedway rider. You don't earn any money and you've still got to pay the bills – including those for the bike you smashed up.
Plus, riding is my identity. It's what I do. Not being able to race is killing me. I can't do anything exciting to compensate either so it's been doing my head on. I can't even go running. The girlfriend and I got a puppy a couple of days ago though so that's been keeping us busy. But all I've really been doing is trying to focus on the injury and exercise it so I can get back riding again.
I've watched three meetings in Denmark, including two for my side Outrup. But we lost both, which hardly helped my mood.
I also helped out Nicolai (Klindt, ex-Lynn) at the Danish semi-final and he qualified for the final which was nice. He's now joined Peterborough and I'm still sad to see him go.
Him going there is like (Fernando) Torres leaving Liverpool to join Chelsea. I hope Nic gets back to form though and he has been better in his last two meetings already. I wish him well with the Panthers but I hope I smash him, and we smash them, when we come up against each other.
Back to Lynn. It was good to beat Swindon at home, unbelievable to get a point away, yet we were always going to struggle at Wolves with a patched-up team. They went into the season as underdogs but they've been really solid. Their second-strings have pulled their socks up because they've always had good heat leaders. They've been the whole package so far and they've surprised me.
In better news, I'm hoping to be back for our home meeting with Poole next Wednesday (May 15). I'm going to try and ride in Poland on Sunday and Denmark on Monday. No meeting until then should suit us as at least Rory and I should be fit for their arrival.
- Mads Korneliussen was speaking to Gavin Caney.
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