Inside Track 2013: Captain Mads Korneliussen’s weekly look inside the Norfolk Arena
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Greg Hancock's arrival at Poole Pirates on a short-term deal has given British speedway a huge boost.
I was lucky enough to ride with him in the Czech Republic last season and I'll be the first to say he's a true legend of the sport. He's a great team-mate, a great performer and he's so fit and mentally strong. It's pretty odd how he's stayed good for so long.
He has so much influence in the pits he'll be a boost to everyone. He'll get a few points extra out of Poole's reserves too, which is pretty amazing. Riders up their game when he's in the team.
The Pirates attract a lot of good riders so while their season looked done and dusted, they're still in the play-off hunt. Hancock will only boost their chances of reaching the top-four. It's a deal which will have cost Matt Ford (promoter) a lot of pennies. However, the USA rider's not doing Poland now so it's an opportunity for him to keep racing while this season's Grand Prix series comes to an end.
His return has created a buzz. But it has made me wonder why more of the top GP guys don't do England. And that's because there's too much effort that has to go in to do it.
Teams ride on different days and clubs don't pay as well as they do in Sweden and Poland. I'm sure some of them would reconsider if they could fly in, do two meetings in two days, then fly out again – rather than jetting in and out a total of four times.
I disagree with the theory there's too many fixtures. I just think they need to be organised better. More things like the Good Friday double-header against Peterborough. Riding at Wolverhampton one night and doing the return the next. It would create an atmosphere, rivalry, interest and publicity and make it easier for fans, promoters and riders.
- 1 Woman in her 50s who died in A11 crash named locally
- 2 Roads closed as armed police and dog units swoop on Norwich home
- 3 North Norfolk pub re-opens as a hotel
- 4 Train travellers set for another weekend of rail disruption
- 5 Mum trying to find lost 'heart' of daughter who died days after birthday
- 6 Woman in serious condition in hospital after crash between two cars and van
- 7 Woman in her 20s dies in A47 crash
- 8 The school where boys can wear skirts - but not shorts
- 9 North Norfolk glamping site named among best in the UK
- 10 Abnormal load to travel through county on first day of Norfolk Show
To end on Lynn. We really needed a point at Lakeside on Friday but didn't get it. While half of the team did well, the rest of the team, me included, fell apart. It's crucial we get all three points at home against them tonight.
? Mads Korneliussen was talking to Gavin Caney.
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