Inside Track 2013: Captain Mads Korneliussen’s weekly look inside the Norfolk Arena

Mads Korneliussen, red helmet, says rules differ even when riders are at the tapes. Picture: Ian Bur

Mads Korneliussen, red helmet, says rules differ even when riders are at the tapes. Picture: Ian Burt. - Credit: IAN BURT

The inconsistency of referees in our sport is driving me crazy – and I might even get punished for writing that.

While fans can go on Facebook, Twitter or the speedway forums and slag riders like me off, I can't say anything bad about an official. I'm not allowed to give my opinion on a matter which is affecting me. It's stupid.

I believe referees get together annually. But they've got to start getting more out of these meetings. Or perhaps spending more time talking about how to judge incidents, and less about new rules that have been made. No referee seems to judge the same. There's too many grey areas. I just wish they could go through countless videos of incidents and come to an agreed way to deal with them.

It's so hard for us as riders to know what to expect. Some refs want you 20cm from the tapes at the start of a heat, some want you half-a-metre back. It always seems to change from meeting to meeting. Sometimes all four riders come together on the first turn (first bend bunching), one hits the deck, and everyone is back in the re-run. Other times, the same incident happens, and one is excluded.

It's so, so, so frustrating. No wonder there's so much anger and frustration dished out and that leads to fines and referees getting screamed at.


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I'd even go as far to say it's the same with rain-offs. Some officials seem to postpone almost straight away while others have to wait till someone comes off to deem it to be too dangerous.

I know referees try their best. And sport is all about opinions. But it would make their lives, ours as racers, and those involved with the sport much easier if we could all understand what was going to happen.

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Back to King's Lynn, our loss at Peterborough on Friday was just a bad night. I'm sorry for the travelling fans. We never got going. Rory (Schlein) was complaining he had no power, I burned a clutch and Nicklas (Porsing) – who did quite well – had never ridden there.

It wasn't good enough and we need to improve and re-group. There was no communication in the pits and the team spirit that we had at the start of the year seems to have temporarily gone.

- Mads Korneliussen was talking to Gavin Caney.

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