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226 of 260  Sat 17th Dec 2016 7:45pm  
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Dreamtime, I never saw "The Cream Bun Kid" ride Oh my but I see his name virtually every single day as the lorries carrying his company's name pass our house
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227 of 260  Sun 18th Dec 2016 12:59am  
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Morning MR, it was worth all the thrills and spills for him then. Wave
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228 of 260  Wed 19th Apr 2017 9:34pm  
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Challenge Match result and scorers: Poole Pirates = 52 1. Krzysztof Kasprzak - 1*,3,1*,R = 5+2 2. Jack Holder - 2,1,3,2 = 8 3. Lewis Kerr - F,FX,1,3 = 4 4. Brady Kurtz - 3,3,3,3,1 = 13 5. Hans Andersen - 2,2,3,3,3 = 13 6. Nicolai Klindt - 3,R,1,2* = 6+1 7. James Shanes - 1,1*,0,1 = 3+1 Coventry Bees = 38 1. Danny King - 3,1*,0,2,0 = 6+1 2. Stefan Nielsen - 0,2,1*2 = 5+1 3. Jason Garrity - 2,1,0,2 = 5 4. Lasse Bjerre - 1*,3,3,1 = 8+1 5. Chris Harris - R,2,2,1*,2 = 7+1 6. Josh Bates - 0,3,2,0 = 5 7. James Sarjeant - 2,0,0,0 = 2
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229 of 260  Sun 23rd Apr 2017 8:15pm  
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Not good news coming out of Poland this evening: Polish great Tomasz Gollob is to undergo emergency surgery on serious spinal injuries following a motocross crash at Chelmno in northern Poland. The 2010 world champion has been airlifted to Bydgoszcz Military Hospital, where he is under the care of expert surgeon, Professor Marek Harat. According to updates from Gollob’s personal doctor Marek Rybacki, the SGP legend has sustained no head injuries. But there is reported to be damage to the spinal cord and the T7 vertebra, with the rider said to have no feeling in his legs. He is also believed to have suffered damage to both lungs. No doubt all Bees fans on the forum will wish Tomasz well at this difficult time Sad
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230 of 260  Sun 23rd Apr 2017 10:24pm  
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Latest update: Tomasz Gollob’s surgeon says the Polish legend could face paralysis and admits his career may be over. The 2010 world champion was airlifted to the Bydgoszcz Military Hospital after suffering serious spinal and lung injuries during a motocross event at nearby Chelmno. Leading neurologist Professor Marek Harat carried out a three-hour operation, and revealed the five-time FIM Speedway World Cup winner sustained “very serious damage to the spinal cord”, but confirmed it hadn’t been broken. Gollob suffered injuries to the T7 vertebrae and is also said to be receiving support with his breathing after damaging both lungs. In a post on Gollob’s official website, Professor Harat confirms the 46-year-old could face paralysis. But with the spinal cord intact, he refuses to jump to any immediate conclusions about the future prognosis of Poland’s greatest speedway star. He said: “There has been very serious damage to the spinal cord, although it has not been interrupted. Tomasz is threatened with paralysis, but we will not prejudge anything – the next few days and weeks will decide. This could mean the end of his sports career.” Asked about Gollob’s prospects of returning to the track, he told Polskie Radio PiK: “I think it’s an end to his career. “Even taking into account the best possible course of treatment, Tomek faces a long rehabilitation that will last months if not years. “The fact the spinal cord isn’t broken gives us a glimmer of hope. So, right now, I cannot state that anything is irreversible.” Gollob’s 2013 season was ended by a serious crash with Tai Woffinden at the Scandinavian SGP in Stockholm. But Professor Harat insists the injuries the rider sustained then didn’t take their toll this weekend. He added: “After the Stockholm crash, Tomasz had neck vertebrae damage not thoracic vertebrae, so that crash hasn’t had an impact on his current situation.”
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231 of 260  Mon 24th Apr 2017 1:47am  
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Morning MR, I am not an avid fan of the tracks these days but I do read your 'Bees' posts and it's not always a happy one when reading of a rider's critical event. One can only hope of a happier outcome for Gollob. As a matter of interest at what age do riders normally retire these days? I get the idea they think they can go on for ever!
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232 of 260  Mon 24th Apr 2017 8:08am  
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Morning! Wave I would suggest that riders generally retire mid-30s, unless forced to earlier through injury There are exceptions of course Nigel Boocock rode in the UK leagues in his 42nd year; Ken McKinlay went on till 45; current world champion Greg Hancock is 46 Tomasz Gollob's last season was 2015 - his accident has occurred at motocross, rather than speedway
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233 of 260  Mon 24th Apr 2017 1:47pm  
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Thanks for your post MR, a risky business either way, but as long as they enjoy it ......... (Good evening to you from here - 8.46 pm)
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234 of 260  Mon 24th Apr 2017 1:48pm  
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Don't really know whether this report is of any significance regarding Bees future Oh my
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235 of 260  Tue 25th Apr 2017 1:04am  
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On 24th Apr 2017 8:08am, Midland Red said: Morning! Wave I would suggest that riders generally retire mid-30s, unless forced to earlier through injury There are exceptions of course Nigel Boocock rode in the UK leagues in his 42nd year; Ken McKinlay went on till 45; current world champion Greg Hancock is 46 Tomasz Gollob's last season was 2015 - his accident has occurred at motocross, rather than speedway
I was the Clerk of the Course at a speedway meeting in Broadford, near Melbourne, a few years ago. The referee in the control tower noticed one of the riders was not wearing gloves, and instructed me to have a few words with him, and that he shouldn't be allowed back on the track "improperly dressed for racing". I had never seen this rider before and didn't recognize his name (I remember it was Neville something), so I followed him when he returned to the pits and parked his bike. He was having trouble getting his helmet off, and it turned out that his specs were getting tangled up, and his mechanic - a little woman of advanced age - had to help him. When his face finally emerged from the helmet, I noticed that he, too, was not as young as the average rider. At Club days like this, we often had young hopefuls turning up to try out in the novices races, but his face betrayed a life already well lived! Anyway, I passed on the message from the referee, and Neville apologized, explaining that he'd had trouble getting the bike to fire and had forgotten all about the gloves. That settled, I said that I hadn't seen him racing before, and asked how long he'd been racing speedway. His mechanic - actually his wife - butted in and said "The silly bugger's 71 years old, and never been on a speedway bike in his life - this is his first meeting!" Apparently, Neville had been racing motocross for many years, but it was getting a bit "hairy" due to his worsening eyesight, and he figured that it might be easier if he only had to turn left from time to time! And I thought I'd left it a bit late when I had my first race at the age of thirty nine and a half! Roll eyes Roll eyes Roll eyes
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236 of 260  Thu 11th May 2017 7:53am  
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It has been reported in the last few days that former Bees rider Kenni Larsen has been forced to retire as a result of the head wound he suffered in last year's shooting accident Sad
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237 of 260  Wed 17th May 2017 10:22am  
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Telegraph article "Could Coventry Bees speedway team be saved by this dramatic move?"
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238 of 260  Wed 24th May 2017 10:19am  
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On 24th Apr 2017 1:47am, Dreamtime said: Morning MR, I am not an avid fan of the tracks these days but I do read your 'Bees' posts and it's not always a happy one when reading of a rider's critical event. One can only hope of a happier outcome for Gollob. As a matter of interest at what age do riders normally retire these days? I get the idea they think they can go on for ever!
Going back to this question - I was interested to see former Bees rider Wayne Broadhurst in action at a grasstrack meeting on Sunday, at the age of 50. Thumbs up Wayne rode for Bees in 1987-89, and called time on his speedway career in 2003. Here's my photo of Wayne in action in a 350cc race
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239 of 260  Sat 27th May 2017 8:45pm  
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Pleased to see former Bees rider Piotr Pawlicki win his first Speedway Grand Prix tonight at Daugavpils, Latvia Cheers
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240 of 260  Sun 28th May 2017 8:31pm  
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News of two former Bees riders - Chris Harris, now with Rye House in the SGB Premiership, has signed to double-up with Peterborough in the Championship, which will probably end his involvement in the Polish League; Josh Auty has quit the sport, having struggled for form this season with Leicester and Scunthorpe
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