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WOLVERHAMPTON are out of Speedway's Elite League Knockout Cup - despite a brave effort at home to Reading.
They won the second leg 51-42 but after Friday's 22-point first leg defeat in Berkshire the Monmore men bowed out of the competition 98-85 on aggregate.
The absence of Swedish star Freddie Lindgren proved costly - and the Black Country side were dealt another blow when former world champion Billy Hamill crashed out of his opening ride and withdrew from the match with knee damage.
Wolves drew strength from adversity when reserve William Lawson came in to partner Theo Pijper to a 5-1 in the re-run, and a 4-2 in heat four meant they had pulled back 12 points in rapid fashion.
But Reading quickly countered when ex-Cradley Heath star Greg Hancock passed Pijper to win for double points in heat five, and the Dutchman fell on the last turn to allow Mark Lemon in for a gift 8-1.
After that, Reading's aggregate lead was never seriously compromised again, though the second half of the meeting served up some compelling racing.
David Howe's new lease of life produced a terrific scrap with Matej Zagar in heat 10, the pair swapping positions several times before Howe prevailed to follow Peter Karlsson home for a 5-1.
Hancock, who had a bike, helmets and other equipment stolen from his van in Sheffield on Sunday night, just managed to keep the chasing Karlsson at bay in heat 13, and Howe then lost out on a maximum when he finished at the back in heat 15.
Wolverhampton: Peter Karlsson 14, David Howe 12+3, Magnus Karlsson 10, Theo Pijper 8, William Lawson 7+2, Billy Hamill 0.
Reading: Greg Hancock 15, Matej Zagar 9+1, Travis McGowan 7, Mark Lemon 5+1, Janusz Kolodziej 3, Sam Simota 3, Danny Bird 0.
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1 PETER KARLSSON 9-- VERY CLOSE TO A MAXIMUM, GOOD TO WATCH
2 DAVID HOWE 9-- SUPERB!! BATTLED FOR EVERY POINT, GATE 4 DIDNT HELP IN HEAT 15
3 BILLY HAMILL --UNLUCKY TO CRASH OUT
4 THEO PIJPER 8-- BATTLED HARD, SOME GREAT RIDES(HELD OFF HANCOCK FOR 3 LAPS) BUT ALSO LOST SOME SILLY POINTS
6 WILLIAM LAWSON 7-- VERY MUCH ON THE PACE AND BATTLED HARD SCORING SOME USEFUL POINTS
7 MAGNUS KARLSSON 6-- FAIRLY AVERAGE I THOUGHT BUT LOOKED MORE COMMITTED ON 1ST BEND THAN HE HAS DONE
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Not many people appreciate how hard it is to ride a speedway bike. Well obviously anyone can just jump on a bike and crawl round the track, but to ride a speedway bike how its meant to be ridden it takes alot of bravery, skill, balance, control and maybe a little bit of madness thrown in somewhere
Speedway is an unique discipline of motor cycle racing. To ride a speedway bike is something that you'll never forget. The bikes (then & now) are a 500 cc, 4-stroke, single cylinder engines that run on methanol, have no Brakes, no gears (just a clutch) and weigh next to nothing. It's claimed that they are the fastest accelerating racing motor cycle in the world (not including drag bikes). They are designed to go sideways at full throttle for 60 - 90 seconds. You can only go left and their geometry is designed to work at it's best when the bike is sideways. In a powerslide, you accelerate by easing OFF the throttle, therefore gaining more grip and, if you're coming into a corner too fast or approaching a slower rider, you slow down by accelerating and sliding on a tighter lock. Body English is everything. You have to move around the bike to go fast. Forward to keep the front wheel on the ground and backwards to wards the rear of the bike to get more weight over the back wheel to get more drive. All of this whilst you are sideways with at least 3 other riders close enough to you that you often touch elbows mid corner. To gain an advantage over the other riders , you lean the bike even tighter into the corner whilst gravity is trying to push you out. If you take it easy or back off too much, the bike will stand up in a slide and spit you into the fence.
Riding a Speedway Bike is the best experience in motorcycling. From 0 - 60 mph in 2-3 seconds, you catch your breath and throw the bike into a powerslide with just throttle control and your own courage to keep you from slamming into the fence. Even after years of racing, you are never really in complete control. Through all this, you are getting a face full of shale so you have to take your left hand off the handlebar, reach up to your helmet and peel off one of the 4-5 tear-offs hoping you have enough to last the 4 laps of the race. Of course, the other riders are experiencing the same varying degrees of control over their bikes and most times a sheet would cover all 4 riders at 60- 80mph ... SIDEWAYS! (Turning the handlebars right to go left, like in a skid)
On the tighter tracks, you get the back end to break away early while still in the straight to enter the corner back wheel first so you can achieve more drive getting out of the turn. This also allows you to sling shot past the other riders who have entered the corner by just turning in and letting the back wheel break away. Speedway Bike has a rigid right footrest so you can lean the bike over when stationary so the back wheel is off the ground. Speedway bikes have no gears or neutral so by lifting the back wheel off the ground this allows the rider to release the clutch and spin the rear wheel freely, thus keeping the clutch cool.
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